World Physiotherapy Day
In the spotlight - Neeraj Naayar, MD of Physiotherapy Matters.
How did you get to where you are now?
I qualified in 2001 following completing a 3 year degrees in Physiotherapy from Teesside University. I then went on to complete my Junior Rotations at University Hospital of Hartlepool alongside working part time at Newcastle Football Club as an Academy Physiotherapist. I then went on to specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, working at Nuffield hospital before going on to setup Physiotherapy Matters Limited in 2006.
What is the best thing about your job?
Seeing the benefit patients have from Physiotherapy and the positive impact it makes on not only their physical health but also mental health by supporting them getting back to their work, daily activities and hobbies / sport.
What is the most challenging?
Business development! Physio are not good at sales as we have never had the training and we struggle to sell ourselves and the benefits of our service.
What do you wish you’d know before starting your career?
The importance of presenting and public speaking!
Interesting Physiotherapy facts...?
Tendon problems are no longer known as Tendonitis and are now known as Tendinopathy. Physio’s not only work in Musculoskeletal, they also work in respiratory care including ITU which in a little more known now due to COVID 19, Neurology with stroke patients as well as other neurological conditions, Paediatrics with a range of conditions, as well as Older People to improve mobility problems.
We have developed as a profession from a very Biomedical approach to management of patients, to a Biopsychosocial approach as the Psychological element to an individual can have a significant impact on their Physical health including injury recovery and levels of pain felt.