The physiotherapy team are an integral part of the clinical body and form part of the support team for our consultants. This means they use the latest research and evidence based methods of treatment in their clinical practice. All the physiotherapists at Spire Bushey Hospital are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and as such abide by their high standards of practice. The physiotherapy team has a continuing education program that ensures that the patient’s treatment is based on up-to-date research and evidence. All of the team are highly skilled at treating disorders of the lower limb.
Physiotherapists have regular opportunities to discuss cases with SOC consultants and will, on occasion, be present in their clinics.
SOC have two highly experienced senior physiotherapists working in the team.
Herbert graduated as a physiotherapist from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1997. He spent his first five years in private practice, treating a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, ranging from injuries in the sporting elite to spinal disorders in the non-sporting population.
Herbert arrived in the UK in 2003, and has continued to work in the private sector. He began working at Spire Bushey Hospital in 2004, and is now Deputy Manager of the physiotherapy team.
Herbert has a keen interest in core stability and lower limb biomechanics, and the effect that abnormal mechanics has on the interplay between the joints of the lower limb, namely the hip, knee and ankle.
He has extensive experience and post-graduate training in this specialist area, and over the past three years has led the development of the gait analysis, biomechanical assessment and orthotic prescription service at Spire Bushey Hospital.
His special interest is in managing running and athletic injuries, which stems from his extensive personal experience in this sport.
Simon achieved his physiotherapy degree at Sydney University in 1997. He has many years’ experience in private practice and in the hospital system both in Australia and the UK. He is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked with both amateur and professional rugby, football and cricket teams.
Simon joined the physiotherapy team at Spire Bushey Hospital in 2006. He has continued to develop his interest in lower limb disorders and biomechanics, through extensive post-graduate training and practice. He has a special clinical interest in rehabilitation of the sporting knee, both in regards to non-surgical management and rehabilitation following surgery. He understands the importance of addressing the biomechanical issues of the whole lower limb, trunk and pelvis in order to achieve the best possible outcome following a hip or knee injury.
Simon liaises regularly with the consultants in the Stanmore team, ensuring an efficient and progression from assessment through to diagnosis, rehabilitation and recovery.
After referral from your consultant, you will have a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment. The assessment may include gait analysis and biomechanical screening.
A treatment plan will then be discussed, including a timeframe in which your specific goals will be achieved.
Treatment may include manual therapy, specific strengthening, stretching and balance exercises, and re-education of normal movement.
All the physiotherapists will regularly update the Stanmore consultants regarding your progress thus ensuring the most effective management of your condition.
In addition to the team our extensive physiotherapist department includes a wide range of supporting facilities and services;
a) a hydrotherapy pool, for exercising in a warm and supporting environment to ease mobility. Exercising in a non-weight bearing environment such as water, together with its buoyancy, helps with early stages of rehab following surgery.
b) Isokinetic cybex equipment that can test and improve muscular strength and endurance, especially after injury.
c) Gait analysis to assess whether a patients’ placing of the foot while walking has a mechanical effect on their skeleton and so is the cause of pain. The latest technology software enables a “hot foot print” to be analysed and diagnosed, and a treatment plan drawn up.