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Hi any reccomendations for a physio between Ruffec and Angouleme. I had seen a good one advertised but want sure if they spoke any English as no website etc. Unfortunately I need to have the capability of English speaking due to the complexities of my problem of a herniated disc. I do have an MRI scan though and report. Looking for someone maybe who does McKenzie technique or spinal decompression therapy, or someone with some really good back skills. Thanks

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Have you asked your family doctor for a referral? You can also try doctorlib.fr. They list skills as well as language capability. Though, don’t expect too much even if anglais is listed.

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I think what you are looking for a is kiné - though the two professions (physio and kiné) aren't exactly the same. But in any event, in France you need a referral from your primary doctor. You can ask your doctor (medecin referent) who they can recommend, or ask at the local pharmacy. It's often the case that the pharmacists know many of the practitioners in the area.

If you check Doctolib, they often have fairly extensive information about the practitioners as part of their listing (including languages spoken). You can also check the Annuaire on the Ameli website, which lists all registered practitioners by specialty and location (but with a more limited listing).

You may want to try consulting an osteopath. Though they are not covered by the national health system, they do specialize in more "mechanical" methods and you may be able to find someone with some experience with the specific method you're looking for. (Some doctors will recommend osteopaths for specific types of treatment or problems - though they normally advise that the sécu will not reimburse for the appointments.)

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Hi Thanks for your replies. I haven't transferred over yet which is why I asked. I would pay private, so do you think they still wouldn't treat me without a referral? I've been stuck in UK with this problem and it's the first time this year we've been able to get over, we have all our residency and health insurance to sort out but as you know things this year have gone abit awry.

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I think what you are looking for a is kiné - though the two professions (physio and kiné) aren't exactly the same. ...
A few additional notes.

+1 on asking at the pharmacy.

In both doctorlib and the Ameli annuaire, the profession will be listed as Kinésithérapeute or Masseur-kinésithérapeute*
Doctorlib also lists Physiothérapeute, but, it just returns Masseur-kinésithérapeutes.

While ostéopathie is not covered under the Sécu, it may be covered by your Mutuelle. Though even then the coverage may be limited. Mine covers up to 3 visits per year and up to 50€ per visit. Also note, many Masseur-kinésithérapeutes are also Ostéopathes.

I did a quick search for Masseur-kinésithérapeutes in Ruffec and Angouleme and found almost 70 (8 in Ruffec). However, none are listed as speaking English. Though, this is likely because most of the listings are incomplete.

And... you are much less likely to find an English speaking kinésithérapeute than an English speaking doctor. If your condition requires specialized treatment, and you also need an English speaking therapist, you may find your choices extremely limited, or non-existent. You might wish to try to collect a minimum vocabulary of French medical terms that cover your condition. Then, write out (you can use Google translate or DeepL, etc.) a description of what you need and give to the therapist.

Here are a couple of links that may help:
https://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/...medical-terms/
https://dictionary.reverso.net/medical-french-english/

* When speaking it is probably best to just say, as Bev wrote, Kiné. Otherwise, you risk an unintentional vulgarity (...peute vs. pute).

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Thanks for that, yes I dont mind seeing anyone French speaking and did think oh i will write it all down and get my MRI report translated. I've had a steroid injection in it which i paid private here for just shop i can travel. When im ready i would just like some help with exercise as i feel im wasting away. I've been in excruciating pain for 2 months bf the injection. I have a CD with my image on especially so anyone can see my issue.

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So you have not had any preliminary investigations here in France am I correct? You will find that any health professional here will want you have the preliminaries done in France and read a report written in French as a first language not a translation This means that if you have not yet sorted out your health cover then you could be in for an expensive ride I am afraid
What is your situation re joining the French health system Are you eligible for an S1, will you be working, or an early reitree/inactif?
Whatever you choose to do you will find the treatment you get in France better than in the UK
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Hi Yes I have insurance to cover me while I'm in France which is why I'm bringing my reports etc for any emergency. I will be going back to the UK for a couple of months as my mum is dying. I'm not wanting any medical treatment as I have had a steroid injection which wok hopefully last. I just wanted to access a physio like I would here for rehabilitation purposes. But I'm getting the feeling that that might not be available privately?
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... I just wanted to access a physio like I would here for rehabilitation purposes. But I'm getting the feeling that that might not be available privately?...
As noted before, there is no shortage of physiotherapists near you in France. And, I am pretty most all of them would be happy to be paid directly, and I'd also be pretty sure none of them would bill your insurance company. The only real question is if your private insurance coverage would reimburse you for it.

I hope you sort this and take care of the important things.
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Yes anything is available "privately" as for most french treatments you pay up front anyway so they will be happy to see you on that basis
Best of luck with everything

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