Spires Physiotherapists are experts in the assessment of pain and movement disorders, which enables us to better understand why you are experiencing your symptoms. Our experience in elite sports gives us a wealth of rehabilitation knowledge which, alongside expert therapeutic treatment skills, helps you get back to doing what you enjoy and living life to the full. We understand that it’s difficult to decide on a therapist and many patients don’t know who to trust. Every therapist at Spires Physiotherapy is experienced, pragmatic, honest, has chartered status and uses scientific research evidence in their assessment and management of you and your symptoms. Additionally, we know our limitations and won’t hesitate to refer you on to a specialist if required.
Our head physiotherapist is Joseph Korge with over ten years of experience working with elite athletes, within private clinics and NHS settings. His specialist areas include sports rehabilitation, biomechanics assessment, mental health and exercise physiology. Joe completed his physiotherapy training at St George's University of London and went on to complete a masters degree in healthcare research from the University of Oxford in 2016. Outside of work, he enjoys music, reading and a range of sports including football and golf. Publications: Korge, J., Nunan, D. 2018 Higher participation in physical activity is associated with less use of inpatient mental health services: A cross-sectional study. Psychiatry Research 259; 550-553.
Our musculoskeletal physiotherapist is Evangelos Almpanidis who has developed an expertise in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy through years of working in both the NHS and private clinics. His specialist areas include orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, acupuncture, headaches and temporomandibular (jaw) related disorders. Evangelos completed his physiotherapy training in Greece, before deciding to pursue a MSc degree in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham after which he was awarded full membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). Evangelos is also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders (ACPTMD). Apart from his clinical specialities, Evangelos has a great range of academic experience being a former teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham and also participating in numerous international conferences as a speaker and research presenter. Outside of work, he enjoys swimming, cycling around the city of Oxford and playing squash. Publications: Almpanidis, E., Heneghan, N. 2016 Quantifying sensory threshold using Semmes-Weinstein Esthesiometer: An inter-examiner reliability study of manual therapists. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Vol 25, pp.74-75 Conference Lectures: Cervicogenic Headaches: Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Examination (2016, Athens) Post-surgery rehabilitation following Oxford Knee Replacement (2017, Athens)
Sam is a sports therapist with extensive experience in academy and professional football. Since graduating in 2009, he’s gained experience at a number of professional teams including: Luton Town FC Academy (2009-12), Kettering Town Football Club (2012), Great Britain American Football (2012-15), Brackley Town FC (2013-15), Barnet FC Academy (2016), Bengaluru FC India (2015-16), FA Penang Malaysia (2016-17) and Atletico de Kolkata India (2017). He is a consultant therapist of Spires Physiotherapy and is considered an invaluable member of the team because of his specialist background in elite sports and his expertise in sports physiology and rehabilitation.
The role of a physiotherapist is to facilitate healing and prevent chronic pain and movement conditions. This requires a detailed assessment from which your Spires Physiotherapist will give you a diagnosis which, alongside your own rehabilitation goals, will help to determine how your condition is managed. You and your physiotherapist will set your goals and agree your treatment and management plan collaboratively. You will be guided and supported every step of the way so that you can recover to full function and get back to doing the things you love, whether it be dancing, gardening or sports.
At your assessment, you will be asked a number of questions so that your physiotherapist can collect a detailed history of your symptoms. They will also need to perform a physical examination based on the history you’ve provided. Please wear comfortable clothing which allows the physiotherapist to see the affected areas of your body. Once the assessment has provided a diagnosis for your symptoms, you will receive treatment and a rehabilitation programme based on the current research evidence for your condition.
Please call us if you have any questions or wish to discuss your symptoms before booking an initial assessment session.
All our physiotherapists are chartered, DBS checked and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.