Monday 18th November 2013
Spire Little Aston Hospital has made three key appointments to its Perform physiotherapy centre, following demand for increasingly specialised services, especially in the area of sporting injuries and performance improvement.
Edward Ireland has been appointed Perform Physiotherapy Deputy Manager. Edward is a senior physiotherapist who has experience working in private practice, sports injury clinics and the NHS. He regularly works with sports people from a variety of disciplines and his areas of clinical specialty include orthopaedic medicine, spinal manipulation and Clinical Pilates.
Joining Edward is Anthony Carter who has been appointed Perform Physiotherapy Sports Lead. Anthony has previously worked as a physiotherapist for the Welsh Institute of Sport, Aston Villa FC academy and is a Senior Performance Physiotherapist to England Netball. Anthony has balanced his physiotherapy career with 10 years as a professional rugby player and currently plays for Moseley R.F.C in the R.F.U. Championship.
Completing the trio of appointments is Stuart Elwell, one of two Functional Movement Systems experts practicing in the UK – a method of assessment that allows the identification of limitations and distortions within the physicality of the body. Having worked with West Bromwich Albion’s first team and also with Team GB’s boxing and GB Handball Olympic squads, Stuart has an extensive sports based background.
Silvie Adams, Hospital Director said “We have invested considerably in the Perform service, allowing us to offer an advanced performance, sports medicine and rehabilitation service to patients requiring specialist elite sporting physiotherapy and those requiring rehabilitation support from surgery.
“The team is well equipped to offer a broad range of physio services to support recovery from surgery or injury, as well as overall health and fitness improvement to sports professionals wanting to maximise their performance.
“This has required extensive investment in equipment and specialist physiotherapists. And we’re not stopping there. Over the next few months, we will be injecting more funds to build a bigger gym area to accommodate the increase in the demand we are seeing.”
The Perform service boasts advanced technologies, including an Alter G – an anti-gravity treadmill that lowers body weight to reduce impact on the lower body – as well as a machine that provides extracorporeal shockwave therapy which enables specialists to pass shockwaves through the skin to the injury to prompt the injured tissue to increase blood circulation. This approach can be especially effective in the treatment of injuries such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain and heel pain. In addition, the centre also has a Watt Bike - the first indoor cycling trainer to be endorsed by British Cycling.