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Broadgate spine & joint clinic news

by Alan Jordan

The BSJC physiotherapy department contributes to our multi-disciplinary team and forms an important part in the management of patient conditions. The role of the physiotherapist is not only to conservatively treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions but also to liaise with our GP practice and various consultants. Quite often, the physiotherapist is the first line of treatment as patients may come directly referred by their medical insurance or self referred. A thorough assessment is performed on the initial consultation and our experienced physiotherapists explain the diagnosis and formulate a plan with their patients. This may be to continue with physiotherapy, liaise with the GP for some medication to aid conservative treatment or further investigations through the appropriate consultant. At any point of the management of the condition both the patient and the physiotherapist may decide to re-eveluate the initial plan should the predicted evolvement of the condition is not being fulfilled. We thrive to find a solution to help you as quickly as possible and with our vast network of practitioners (both in-house and within the city) we can appropriately advice and treat your condition in a friendly environment.

The members of our physiotherapy team are all highly skilled practitioners with more than a decade of experience each and postgraduate qualifications. They can all treat and manage all neuro-musculoskeletal conditions but each have their area of expertise.

André Bason

André is the Director of physiotherapy services at Broadgate. He graduated in physiotherapy from the University of Malta in 2001 and gained a Masters degree in Neuro- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from University College London (UCL), specializing in manual and exercise therapy.

André is a state registered physiotherapist who has worked in private practice since 2001 and has experience in treating people from all walks of life, including professional and amateur athletes. He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of neck and back pain and lower limb biomechanics. He also has interest in post-surgical rehabilitation such as ACL repair, knee and shoulder arthroscopy. André uses joint manipulative therapy, acupuncture and also incorporates the Pilates concept both in the treatment and prevention of injuries. André uses video motion analysis to assess lumbo-pelvic and lower limb biomechanics during walking and running to identify weaknesses to be addressed during rehabilitation, give advice on footwear and when needed prescribe custom orthotic.

André is a member of the Health Professional Council (HPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

Jose Marcellina

Jose has over twenty years of experience in the musculoskeletal field and has established a reputation of excellence, managing the Physiotherapy Services at a leading private London Hospital. He developed a Musculoskeletal Triage Service for Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, department of Orthopaedics. This gave him an opportunity to consult along leading consultants and improved the diagnosis and management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.

As a Fellow of The Society of Orthopaedic Medicine since 1991, has lectured extensively in the UK and abroad and sits currently at the Education & Research Committees, actively participating in the development and training of physiotherapists and doctors, through the Society’s education programme.

Enthusiastic, passionate and committed, he has been awarded grants for medical research from University College of London,British Heart Foundation and Marks & Spencer.Constantly aiming to promote evidence based practice in physiotherapy, has been a guest speaker at conferences in the UK and abroad, and has also published articles in medical journals.

Christopher Pettit

Christopher is a qualified Exercise and Sports Scientist (Bsc Hons) and Physiotherapist (BSc Hons, MSCP) graduating from Exeter and then Cardiff University. He has over 10 years’ experience working in the health industry – in both private and public sectors in the UK and Australia.

Building up a vast portfolio of treatment methods, treating client’s day one post stroke to elite athletes. He has broadened his professional knowledge keeping fully up to date, regularly embarking on courses including the American College of Sports Medicine (HFI certificate), Polestar Clinical Rehabilitation Pilates (machine and mat based), MACP Grade V spinal manipulation, and the AACP in acupuncture.

Last year he set up his own Internet based clinical interest group which has grown to nearly 9000 members world wide.

Christopher believes the key to rehabilitation is detail and using his knowledge and understanding of movement and mechanics to create treatment regimes that dovetail with his clients lifestyles. Outside of work he enjoys all sports and is a keen cyclist and runner.

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