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Anyone know anything about Physiotherapists

Post by Allan » Thu 23 Sep 2010 18:59

I am hoping to get my dodgy knee replaced shortly in England. The surgeon says I will need to arrange physiotherapy when I return to France.

There are lots of Kinésithérapeutes listed in PagesJaune but is there any way of finding out if they are qualified or if any of them specialise in knees.

I will have to pay for it as I am not yet in the French system - does anyone have any idea of cost?

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Post by polremy » Thu 23 Sep 2010 19:32

Mr. PR has spent some close up and personal time with this really nice Kine in our village.
However, he got a prescription from the local doc (we are in the system)
Maybe your best bet would be to pay to see a doctor (21 euros) and ask for a prescription which would give you 10 (in Mr PR's case) visits to the Kine man. Not sure what they cost but it was reasonable - could have been 14 euros a visit. Be warned - he is quite vicious. But he got results.
On the minus side - it wasn't a knee.
On the plus side - you don't have to drive into Perps. He is in Torreilles - and you could call in on us for some anaesthetic either before or after - or both.

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Post by Allan » Thu 23 Sep 2010 19:36

polremy wrote: On the plus side - you don't have to drive into Perps. He is in Torreilles - and you could call in on us for some anaesthetic either before or after - or both.
Sounds good to me

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Post by thumbelina » Thu 23 Sep 2010 20:01

I go to physio twice a week but am covered by my cv and mutuelle, however I rather fancy that Pol is right with the tarif it's about 14 or 15 euros per sesh.

Are you not covered by your E106, Allan.? I thought any treatment required abroad was covered by that? (you have to go through the palaver of paying and being reimbursed, I think).

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Post by Allan » Thu 23 Sep 2010 23:37

thumbelina wrote:I go to physio twice a week but am covered by my cv and mutuelle, however I rather fancy that Pol is right with the tarif it's about 14 or 15 euros per sesh.

Are you not covered by your E106, Allan.? I thought any treatment required abroad was covered by that? (you have to go through the palaver of paying and being reimbursed, I think).
I'm not sure about the E106 but I think I am falling between systems.

I am having the operation privately in England so the NHS wouldn't pay for physio.

My concern isn't really the cost ( it seems cheaper here than England) , its more about finding a suitable therapist.

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Post by Serge » Fri 24 Sep 2010 00:01

What do I know about physiotherapists?

They are sadistic evil bas****, sorry, people who like nothing better than to see you writhing in agony whilst saying "you will feel that benefit of this treatment tomorrow" :shock:

Really?

Do you really need a new knee Allan?

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Post by thumbelina » Fri 24 Sep 2010 06:48

Serge! :D Your knee is better now though - and that's all down to the sadistic b***ard! lol :lol: :lol: :lol:

Someone at work has the name of a very good sports physio (I don't know them personally) near Perps, Allan. When I get there I'll dig out the name for you.

Personally, I go to Jacqui Piquamal and Sophie Navarra in Ceret in the new building opposite the Tins car park. I really can't speak highly enough of them, they're great!

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Post by Kate » Fri 24 Sep 2010 08:11

Yes, I went to them too Thumbs and was very happy with them. If you need an English speaker, ask for David - nice guy and good at his job.

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Post by thumbelina » Fri 24 Sep 2010 09:11

:lol:
And good looking too!

If you want a girlie, Jacquie also speaks some English lol.

The name of the person recommended by my work colleague is Fred Steiner (I believe he's in the centre of Perps, unfortunately) his mobile number is 06.75.20.11.95. Another good one, apparently is Thierry Casson in Pollestres.

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Post by john » Fri 24 Sep 2010 09:36

I'd also agree with the plaudits for the Piquemal Cabinet in Céret,though to be truthful,David,whilst a very good Physio,does nothing for me on an attractiveness level........

Sebastian Roles in Thuir 04 68 35 17 88 is another therapist we've had good dealings with. He has the advantage of being English by birth and has trained there as well as in France. His disadvantage is that he is not conventioné,so you'd need to pay,though you sound as though that is not the overriding issue.

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Post by russell » Fri 24 Sep 2010 15:18

Pat (my wife) had a knee replacement op. done at the Medipole in Perpignan a few years ago.

After the op. she spent five weeks in the Pinède, a residential physio clinic in St Estève. She went in on a stretcher and walked out fit and able. They had a programme of several hours of physio each day. It was payed for by a combination of the Secu. and our Mutuel. I would highly recommend it.

I don't really believe that one or two sessions of physio a week is adequate following such a major op. Of course it does depend on your age and general fitness level.

Why are you having the surgery in the UK? The treatment here was excellent.

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Post by Allan » Fri 24 Sep 2010 15:22

russell wrote: Why are you having the surgery in the UK? The treatment here was excellent.

Russell
I don't doubt it but I have been paying for years for private health care in the UK so I want to get my money's worth and its an opportunity to see the family.

We haven't yet transferred to the french health system, we plan to do so in the new year

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Post by russell » Fri 24 Sep 2010 15:27

Allan wrote: I don't doubt it but I have been paying for years for private health care in the UK so I want to get my money's worth and its an opportunity to see the family.
Good enough reason. Will your private healthcare not pay for a residential physio course in the UK? It really does make a difference.

Good luck.
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Post by Allan » Fri 24 Sep 2010 15:28

russell wrote:
Allan wrote: I don't doubt it but I have been paying for years for private health care in the UK so I want to get my money's worth and its an opportunity to see the family.
Good enough reason. Will your private healthcare not pay for a residential physio course in the UK? It really does make a difference.

Good luck.
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Post by Allan » Mon 18 Oct 2010 18:24

russell wrote:Pat (my wife) had a knee replacement op. done at the Medipole in Perpignan a few years ago.

After the op. she spent five weeks in the Pinède, a residential physio clinic in St Estève. She went in on a stretcher and walked out fit and able. They had a programme of several hours of physio each day. It was payed for by a combination of the Secu. and our Mutuel. I would highly recommend it.

I don't really believe that one or two sessions of physio a week is adequate following such a major op. Of course it does depend on your age and general fitness level.
Russell
I would be very interested to hear more about this or similar clinics.

I had the operation 12 days ago and after 4 days I was sent home with a sheet of exercises and a weekly physio appointment. I was quite stunned to be cast adrift like that. I had the operation privately so goodness knows what it would have been like on the NHS.

I ended up hiring a rehab specialist to visit me one or 2 times a day and that seems to be paying off.

I will be back in France in 3 or 4 weeks and if I still need therapy then I would happily book in for an intensive course of rehab at a clinic like the one you mentioned, do you know if they take day patients?

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La Pinède

Post by Robert Ferrieux » Mon 18 Oct 2010 20:16

I spent 11 months in La Pinède after two shoulder replacements, one of them having gone nastily septic (four major ops + 3 minor ones).
I can't praise them enough: perfect hygiene, magnificent care, very good food, very affable personnel, excellent (really the top) physiotherapists.
I still go and visit them every now and then, always pleased to see the receptionists, cleaners, nurses and physios I knew (some have left), including marvellous Evelyne downstairs.
I wholly recommend this place, pleasantly located next to a small lake with plenty of ducks and ragoons.
RF.

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Post by Robert Ferrieux » Tue 19 Oct 2010 02:48

from Helen

With his usual modesty, Robert omitted to mention that our younger son, Nicholas, is an excellent physio. Bilingual too. As I can't decently advertise, I'll only say that his practice is in St.André :)

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Post by russell » Tue 19 Oct 2010 10:25

Allan wrote: I would be very interested to hear more about this or similar clinics.

I had the operation 12 days ago and after 4 days I was sent home with a sheet of exercises and a weekly physio appointment. I was quite stunned to be cast adrift like that. I had the operation privately so goodness knows what it would have been like on the NHS.

I ended up hiring a rehab specialist to visit me one or 2 times a day and that seems to be paying off.

I will be back in France in 3 or 4 weeks and if I still need therapy then I would happily book in for an intensive course of rehab at a clinic like the one you mentioned, do you know if they take day patients?
I hope the op. went well Allan.

Pat used to be a paramedic in the UK before her accident and tells me that this is normal for the UK. Unfortunately, without a proper course of physio many people never get the real benefit of the op.

As Robert has said, the Pinède is excellent. I agree with everything he said. It is a bit like a health club, all the latest excersise machines, wine with every meal. The only downside may be that almost nobody speaks English but it is a good opportunity to improve your French!

A five week stay is the norm for knee replacement rehab.

Bon chance.

Russell.

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Post by thumbelina » Thu 21 Oct 2010 19:01

Good luck Allan!

Just for info, the kine at Ceret that I mentioned earlier in the thread, also has an English speaking Osteopath. Her name is Ana Campesino and she is VERY good (and a lovely lady, too!)

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