Dr Brad Neal, Physiotherapist

Dr Brad Neal PhD, MSc, BSc, MCS

Physiotherapist

PhD, MSc, BSc, MCS

Areas of expertise

  • Patellofemoral pain (PFP) (kneecap pain)
  • Running injuries
  • ACL rehabilitation
  • Lower limb; hip, knee, foot and ankle
  • Tendinopathy

Recommendations for Dr Neal

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Recommended by:

  • byMr Adam Goode, Physiotherapist

    An excellent all round clinician with a special interest in all things knee related. Brad is a fountain of knowledge and comes with many years of clinical practice under his belt whilst also recently completing his PHD. He has worked tirelessly through this time perfecting his work and its application to varied patient presentations.

  • byMr Andrew Goodall, Physiotherapist

    Mr Brad Neal is a physiotherapist who specialises in knee rehabilitation. He's doing excellent things to promote physiotherapy recovery from knee pain such as patellofemoral pain. He has an excellent approach.

  • byMr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Brad is an excellent specialist MSK physio with many years of high level experience, and with whom I have worked for many years also. He is a very strong academic with a passion for evidence base care.

  • byMr Tim Maynard, Physiotherapist

    Dr Brad Neal is a physiotherapist I would recommend.

  • byMr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Brad is an excellent specialist MSK physio with many years of high level experience, and with whom I have worked for many years also. He is a very strong academic with a passion for evidence base care.

  • byMr Adam Goode, Physiotherapist

    An excellent all round clinician with a special interest in all things knee related. Brad is a fountain of knowledge and comes with many years of clinical practice under his belt whilst also recently completing his PHD. He has worked tirelessly through this time perfecting his work and its application to varied patient presentations.

  • byMr Andrew Goodall, Physiotherapist

    Mr Brad Neal is a physiotherapist who specialises in knee rehabilitation. He's doing excellent things to promote physiotherapy recovery from knee pain such as patellofemoral pain. He has an excellent approach.

  • byMr Tim Maynard, Physiotherapist

    Dr Brad Neal is a physiotherapist I would recommend.

  • Address

  • Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf E14

    Level 2, Cabot Place West Canary Wharf , London, GB, E14 4QT

  • About Dr Brad Neal

    HCPC number: PH78315

    Year qualified: 2006

    Place of primary qualification: University of Hertfordshire

    Brad works as a Head of Research and Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf in London. He completed his PhD from Queen Mary University of London in 2018 on the subject of "The influence of lower limb biomechanics on the development, persistence and management of patellofemoral pain".

    Brad has a special interest in the lower quadrant, lower limb biomechanics, patellofemoral pain, the rehabilitation of muscle imbalance and running injury, along with tendinopathy and the shoulder complex. He practices manual therapy, acupuncture/dry needling and taping as adjuncts to rehabilitation. As a co-Head of Research for Pure Sports Medicine, he is tasked with the facilitation of evidence informed medicine throughout the company.

    Areas of expertise

    • Running injuries
    • Shoulder
    • Knee
    • Lower limb biomechanics
    • Tendinopathy
    • Lower limb
    • Foot & ankle
    • Rehabilitation of muscle imbalance
    • Hips
    • Patellofemoral pain (PFP)
    • Shin splints
    • ACL rehabilitation
    • Sports injuries
    • Injury prevention
    • Sports medicine
    • Physical therapy
    • Back pain
    • Exercise prescription
    • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
    • Biomechanics
    • Orthopaedic
    • Taping
    • Manual therapy

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    Most of my patients will be coming in with pain in or around their knee. Usually at the front of the knee, in the region of their kneecap. They will often complain of diffuse aching symptoms that are associated with activity, primarily running, but also activities in the gym like squatting, lunging, jumping, hopping, going up and downstairs, sometimes after sitting for a prolonged period of time.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    From a diagnostic perspective, most of my patients will proceed without initial diagnostics outside of a clinical examination. But if it's warranted, then we can make counter-referrals for medical imaging, such as MRI scan predominantly, but sometimes diagnostic ultrasound and, in rare instances, perhaps plain film x-rays or CT scans, although that is relatively rare.

    From a treatment perspective, predominantly the main management strategy involves in treating patients that I typically see will be exercise rehabilitation in all of its various forms, although there are some adjunctive treatments that we will sometimes use for acute pain relief, such as foot orthotics or tailored taping or perhaps manual therapy or some hands-on management as required.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    From a subspecialism perspective, I do tend to see a lot of running injuries. Unfortunately, as good as running is for various parts of us, it's not necessarily that great for our musculoskeletal system. I do tend to see a lot of runners with variations of muscle injuries, more often than not either the calf or the hamstring muscle group, various tendinopathies such as Achilles tendinopathy or hamstring tendinopathy, perhaps often what is known as medial tibial stress syndrome (sometimes referred to as shin splints or exercise-induced leg pain).

    I do tend to see quite a lot of postoperative knees as well. So, patients who have had knee arthroscopies for a meniscal repair or for a meniscectomy and a fairly large volume of ACL reconstruction rehab patients as well.

  • Professional memberships

    Other specialists recommended by Dr Neal

  • Mr Andrew Goodall, Physiotherapist

    Mr Andrew Goodall is excellent with rehabilitation of the knee, particularly ACL reconstruction patients and working on returning those higher-level patients to sports, particularly thinking about change-of-direction sports like football, rugby and skiing, etc.

  • Mr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Mr Adil Ajuied is a very conscientious surgeon, making excellent decisions. He's very good at knowing when to operate and when to leave alone and refer on conservative care.

  • Mr Adam Goode, Physiotherapist

    Mr Adam Goode is particularly good with rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder, returning to overhead lifting, returning to throwing and unstable shoulder patients.

  • Dr Jon Houghton, Rheumatologist

    Dr Jon Houghton is a consultant in sports and exercise medicine and also has a strong background in rheumatology. Jon is my go-to physician for interesting patients who have symptoms that don’t fit an obvious box. Jon is very good with differential diagnostics and subsequent interventions as required.