There are lots of things you can do to manage your pain yourself.

Some useful tips and exercises which can help you to manage your condition are listed below together with our self-referral forms. There is also a lot of help and information online that can help you to live well. Take a look at our health and wellbeing pages for more information.

Back pain

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Exercises and advice

For advice, including exercises, to improve your lower back pain, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's advice on back pain

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Neck pain

Neck pain or a stiff neck is a common problem which usually gets better after a few days or weeks. It's rarely a sign of anything serious.

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Exercises and advice

For advice, including exercises, to help your neck problem, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's page for 'Exercise advice: neck pain'

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Hip pain

Most hip pain gets better on its own or with simple treatments, although long term hip pain may be linked to a specific condition such as osteoarthritis.

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Exercises and advice

Exercises to help your hip problem are available on the Arthritis Research UK website

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is common but often improves over time with appropriate treatment advice.

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Exercises and advice

For advice, including exercises, to improve your shoulder problem, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Elbow and Shoulder Society’s web pages.

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Knee pain

Sudden pain in one of the knees is usually the result of overusing the knee or injuring it. In many cases sprains and strains can be managed yourself without needing to see your GP.

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Exercises and advice

For advice, including exercises, to help your knee problem, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's page for 'Exercise advice: knee pain'

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Elbow / hand pain

More information

Exercises and advice

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has made the following self-management web pages for:

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


Foot / ankle pain

More information

Exercises and advice

For advice, including exercises, to help your foot and ankle problem, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's advice page

If you need a physio

If your symptoms are not improving and you would like a physiotherapy assessment, you can refer yourself to physiotherapy


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