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can dwp force me to have physiotherapy

michael_m Community member Posts: 8 Connected

Hello everybody

Can anyone answer the following questions

Do the dwp have any legal authority to FORCE me to undergo physiotherapy

If I am offered physiotherapy by my doctor and I decline the offer, can the dwp stop my pip benefit

My circumstances are as follows

I have suffered from Functional neurological disorder since 2018, at this time I could only walk for about 30 minutes at 15 metres per minute and then I had to continue mobilizing in a powered wheelchair, although I could ‘propel’ myself in a manual wheelchair I could only do this at 15 metres per minute, had to stop frequently to let the pain in my arms subside and due to a lack of physical strength in my arms as a result of my FND condition (also effected the strength in my legs which is why I could only walk slowly) and thus couldn’t maintain control of the wheelchair ‘downhill’ this is why I had to use a powered wheelchair.

Now, I still have to use a powered wheelchair as there has been no improvement in the strength in my arms, however I can now walk at a pace of 31.6 metres per minute, albiet only for a few minutes and then after continue in my powered wheelchair.

On the basis my condition is slowly improving I don’t believe physiotherapy will help me (genuinley) but I do worry if there would be serious consequences from the dwp if I were to refuse it.

Obviously due to my ‘mobility issue’ and my inability to use a manual wheelchair I am also in the LCWRA group

Thanks everyone


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,235 Disability Gamechanger
    No, no one can force you to do anything you don't want to do, including DWP and your GP. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,656 Disability Gamechanger
    They can't force you, but I suppose the question is why wouldn't you not want to ?
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  • michael_m
    michael_m Community member Posts: 8 Connected
    Hi woodbine
    Thanks for your reply
    I can assure you I do have genuine reasons for not wanting to have physiotherapy, although I wont bore you with the details. Rest assured I am not trying to hide anything.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 8
    Hello @michael_m

    Welcome to the community :) 

    As Poppy said, they cannot force you to do anything you don't want to do. I just wanted to check in you still have support with your health. Is there anything else they can offer or have offered to support you? 
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  • bookrabbit
    bookrabbit Community member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    The DWP weren't exactly impressed that I hadn't taken up the physio and x-rays that my GP had ordered for me and that was probably why I didn't get any points for mobility on my PIP assessment despite getting LCWRA because of it being so poor. A MR has been submitted for PIP. 

    Given that I knew I was about to be made homeless and because of my severe social anxiety having kept me housebound for years I just couldn't cope with the thought of it. The WCA assessor seemed to understand this but the PIP one didn't despite awarding me lower mobility because I need someone with me when I go out.

    I may feel up to physio when I'm in my new home, I don't know. They can't force us but they obviously think it is ok to use it against us.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,682 Disability Gamechanger
    For my PIP form I explained why I didn't or wasn't able to engage in things like physio or follow up investigations for things, I think it helped paint the bigger picture of why I didn't have huge amounts of evidence beyond my own anecdotal stuff. 


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