About Us

Why Choose Us

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.

Therapists

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Joseph Korge
BSc MSc MCSP HCPC

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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.

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Evangelos Almpanidis
BSc MSc MACP AACP

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)

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Sam Coleman
BSc (Hons) MSST

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.

What to Expect

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.

Our Clients

Diagnosed my Knee and shoulder problem in one session with various questions and stretches. Been doing the exercises past 3 weeks to help build up muscle around knee and can feel a massive difference already. Shoulder feels stronger and looking forward to second session today. Knows what he is talking about and highly recommend!
Lewis Tait
15:01 23 Aug 17
I have been exceptionally pleased by the quality of service that Joe has provided. He is reasonably priced and very generous with his time and has a knack of providing just about the correct amount of theory to ensure that I am aware of what I need to do and why.
Stephen Lynam
19:38 10 Aug 17
I couldn't recommend Joe highly enough. He gave me good stretches to help me with a pain in my leg and now he's helping me to strengthen my muscles so I'm less prone to injury. He really knows what he's talking about. I recently found out some of my colleagues are seeing him too and they also rate him very highly. Thanks Joe!
Renata de Groot
19:10 10 Aug 17
I had six weeks to go before a 3-week cycling endurance challenge, and I didn't feel 100 percent. Joe was recommended by a work colleague and listened to my thoughts and fears, and put together a programme that specifically targeted my weaknesses. I should have gone to him sooner, but his programme worked wonders and I completed the challenge. I'd recommend Joe very strongly, and will get in contact again if I injure myself, or plan another endurance challenge. Thanks again, Jamie
Jamie French
10:27 31 May 17
Joe is a genuine and knowledgable professional who was recommended to me by a friend. I was so relieved to finally have a solution to an on going condition having received a course of treatment from Joe, which included invaluable advice of how to prevent further problems. I highly recommend Spires Physiotherapy!
Angela Finton
19:12 08 Mar 17
Over the years I have had numerous injuries and seen multiple therapists for treatments and I can honestly say that Joe Korge is the most inspirational physiotherapist I have ever met!
Robert
14:10 04 Oct 17
Joe is just great - he not only helped me get back to running after an Achilles injury, he also identified the biomechanics issues which contributed to the injury in the first place and gave me an acchievable exercise plan to correct them. He listens, he explains, and he totally knows what he is doing - can't recommend him highly enough. Go and see him!
Martha Cannon
18:42 12 Oct 17
I am so fortunate to find Spires Physiotherapy. Joseph gave me a thorough physical assessment and was the first to diagnose my problem as being Lumbar Radiculopathy. Joseph also proposed a staged tailored treatment plan to enable me to cope with pain and get me through long days at work and extensive travel. After only two weeks of exercises, I started getting significant pain relief! I am so very grateful to Joseph for (1) taking the time to diagnose my problem (2) designing a tailored exercise programme and (3) explaining what the problem was and how it can be successfully treated without other more serious medical interventions. Joseph has also been a coach as to how I can achieve my personal goals of restored physical mobility, improved energy, ability to continue work and enjoy life. Thank you Joseph!
Julie Van Dort
05:24 19 Oct 17
Joe is a fantastic, professional, understanding and top quality Physiotherapist. Having tried and failed with many other physiotherapists before to help with a shoulder injury, I decided to see Joe, and what a decision. Joe Helped to figure out the actual cause of the problem instead of just treating symptoms. Definitely would recommend to anybody. Thanks for your help Joe
Tristan Knight
20:10 18 Dec 17
I went to Spires Physiotherapy after a serious skiing injury and months of trying physio elsewhere. As a runner, I wanted to get back on track fast, and only Joe was able to help me identify, address, and resolve my injury. His patience, understanding, and individualized plan was key to my recovery and actually helped me become a stronger and smarter athlete than before. I've been to many physios throughout my sports career and Joe is overwhelmingly the most dedicated to his patient's success. I would recommend Spires Physiotherapy to anyone considering an appointment.
Kait Sheridan
11:55 11 Jan 18
I was recommended to see Joe by my personal trainer due to persistent pain in my lower back. Joe really knows his stuff and quickly identified the problem in the first session and gave me a number of exercises to follow. The improvement was fantastic and after the second session and a further set of exercises, I no longer have any pain. I would be very happy to recommend Spires Physiotherapy.
Nick Jones
16:04 17 Feb 18
Went to see Joe about tendonitis in my hip I had for 3 years, I had been to loads of different physios before that made no difference but the exercises he recommended have helped me enormously and I have been able to return to running and going to the gym.
Robert Martin Kelly
23:12 17 Feb 18
Joe is a great communicator and was very helpful in talking me through the root causes of my knee problem. The exercise plan he set me to help resolve the underlying issues was clear and very useful. I am now back to my tennis and have a plan in place to avoid the knee problem arising again.
Benjamin Oakley
17:23 18 Feb 18
Joe provides tailored, expert and thoughtful advice and diagnosis. I went as an amateur runner looking for help whilst training for my first marathon, and have relied on Joe's insight as I have transitioned towards taking up running more seriously. Highly recommended!
Will Bowden-Green
21:08 18 Feb 18
Joe helped me a lot. He is professional and friendly person. I definitely recommend to do your treatment with him.
as sa
16:31 25 Feb 18
I saw Joe for lower back pain post running. He was very thorough to get to the root cause and offered a number of different exercises over a period of several weeks to help strengthen problem areas. His treatment has definitely made a difference and I'd recommend Joe without hesitation.
Nick Pagett
11:38 01 Mar 18
I was referred to Spires Physiotherapy following a road traffic accident with whiplash-related injuries to my neck, back and shoulder. I found the treatment I received to be both thorough and professional, and hugely beneficial. The exercises prescribed took into consideration my physical limitations, yet challenged me enough to regain mobility at a good rate. I found the service to be informed and engaging. Each time I finished a session I felt noticeably better. What impressed me the most about Spires Physiotherapy was its clear emphasis on rehabilitation. Never once did I feel that my sessions would need to carry on indefinitely, or that the pace of treatment was too slow. Each session was paced well, and I understood the part it played in my overall recovery. I offer my strongest recommendation to Spires Physiotherapy. The treatment I received from chartered physiotherapist, Joseph Korge, was outstanding. I was consistently impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, interpersonal abilities, and compassion. Additionally, his previous experience with sports injuries (for professional sports teams) and his active research status are extremely impressive, and are evident in the high-quality treatment I experienced. An exemplary service. I've started running again, and hope to enter races again before too long!
Timothy Farrant
21:42 12 Apr 18
I came to joe with arm & shoulder issues arising from a number of issues related to work, previous injuries, bad habits and exercising. With only a few visits and following joe’s advice, my body feels better than ever functionally and i’ve been able to get back into a frequent workout routine. Best physio I’ve had, having tried numerous.
jakebutcher34
15:38 25 May 18
I came in with a pain in my shin that I was getting whilst running, a few months before a marathon I had entered. I was expecting a massage to remove the pain and to be sent on my way. Instead Joe took a very proffessional approach and assessed what was causing the pain and how best to combat it. Over a few sessions and months, we built up a gym routine around my muscular deficiencies that allowed me to complete the entire marathon without any abnormal muscular or joint pain. I would (and have) definitely recommend Joe to a friend
Tom Hobson
11:08 07 Jun 18
Excellent! Joe dealt first with my lower back pain and then with a couple of other problems. The treatment and exercises resolved the problem in three sessions. Everything was clearly explained and I had complete confidence.
Howard Riddle
12:46 07 Jun 18
Went to Joe ahead of my first marathon. Before I had even started training he worked out where problem areas might be and designed a stretch/exercise schedule to strengthen these areas. Two weeks before the marathon I suffered awful shin splints and Joe gave me great advice and exercises to do in advance to get me through the day. Post marathon, he helped identify the wear and tear on my body (not just legs!) and I was able to recover fully. Would definitely recommend.
Emma Lumley
11:05 09 Jun 18
Best service in town! Joe is very experienced and professional. I definitely recommend this Physiotherapy Studio!
GRAZIELLA LANTERI
18:48 11 Jun 18
I'd recently been to an osteopath and then a physiotherapist for treatment of lower back pain, I was staying in Kent and found local help. I had some relief for a couple of weeks, but then the pain came back even worse. I'd moved to Oxford and I found Joe online. As I was driving to his rooms the pain was so severe I had to stop on the side of the road. He examined me thoroughly and explained that the problem was with a facet joint, he massaged and worked on the area. That was a week ago and since then I've done the exercises he suggested and I've had no pain since. He certainly worked his magic on me. I've been to several physiotherapists over the years and I think he's up there with the best.
Margi Batson and Janie Acutt
11:33 11 Sep 18
For 6 months I had constant pain in my jaw and mouth relating to TMJ. This is a very specialist issue that not many consultants can actually help with. I have been seeing Evangelos at Spires Physiotherapy since May18 and due to the exercises and specialist acupuncture he has given me I have seen tremendous improvements. In particular my facial pain has reduced, but most importantly I’ve gained movement back in my jaw. Before having any treatment I could barely open and close my mouth properly. I would highly recommend booking an appointment if you are struggling with TMJ problems.
Alice Watson-Thorne
10:47 12 Sep 18
It’s been fantastic meeting Joe and his support has been much appreciated. I feel so much better now. I have suffered from lower back pains for a long time but not only did Joe make me feel loads better, but suggested many excersies to keep me in good condition. I now wake up pain free. Since my first session, I have seen improvements to my stability and strength and this has enabled me to take up cycling and return to weight training. I was recommended Joe via a work colleague and I will be sure to recommend Joe to anyone who requires a physiotherapist in the Oxford area.
Imran Khan
19:14 21 Sep 18
Joe is a knowledgeable and friendly physio and has helped me to return to full physical health after a serious ankle break. He is great at creating personalised, goal-orientated programmes of exercises and providing concrete measurements of improvements. Highly recommended!
Elizabeth Bruton
16:54 20 Sep 18
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