Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Our Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Team treats patients who have traumatic injuries or orthopaedic conditions relating to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. These include hip, knee and shoulder replacements, as well as fractures.

Orthopaedic physiotherapy and occupational therapy

Some patients who have suffered fractures, as well as most patients undergoing routine joint replacement, require therapy input. The conditions and injuries we treat include:

  • Hip, knee, and shoulder replacements
  • Routine joint surgery, such as knee arthroscopies and shoulder stabilisation
  • Fractures, such as those affecting hips and ankles
  • Injuries sustained through falling (these might not necessarily be fractures)

We see patients on our orthopaedic wards, Farndale and Wensleydale, as well as the Day Surgery Unit. We also oversee patients with various conditions on the Harlow Suite. We provide rehabilitation, exercises, advice, walking aids and other equipment to all our patients as required.

We assist patients by demonstrating exercises that can be practised prior to surgery. We also offer advice regarding hospital stays, and what to expect before and after surgery, as well as and after discharge from hospital.

Opening times

We work on the wards everyday between 8am-4pm, seven days a week.

Please note that patients can be seen at any time of the day, including during visiting hours.


There are designated therapists on Wensleydale Ward  and Farndale Ward, at Harrogate District Hospital. The team also covers private patients on Harlow suite as needed.

We accept referrals from the orthopaedic consultants.


The team work on Blanket referral systems. All inpatients on wards recieve a Therapy Review, if needed.

The team treat private patients on Harlow Suite under Orthopaedic consultants care.

Useful links

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society is a UK society providing information on rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with & for people with arthritis.

National Osteoporosis Society is a national charity dedicated to eradicating osteoporosis and promoting bone health in both men and women.

Backcare Organisation is an independent charity, helping people to manage and prevent back pain.

The National Joint Registry was set up by the Department of Health and Welsh Government in 2002 to collect information on all hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder replacement operations.