Ms Claire Small, Physiotherapist

Ms Claire Small M Phty St. MMACP. PG Cert in Non Medical Prescribing

Physiotherapist

M Phty St. MMACP. PG Cert in Non Medical Prescribing

Areas of expertise

  • Hip and groin issues
  • Movement dysfunction
  • Pregnancy physiotherapy
  • Pelvis and lumbopelvic dysfunction
  • Chronic back pain

Recommendations for Ms Small

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  • byDr Farrah Jawad, Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

    Claire Small is a highly experienced clinician. She is committed to providing excellent care for her patients.

  • byDr Farrah Jawad, Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

    Claire Small is a highly experienced clinician. She is committed to providing excellent care for her patients.

  • Address

  • Pure Sports Medicine, Kensington SW7

    Point West Building, 116 Cromwell Road, London , GB, SW7 4XR

  • About Ms Claire Small

    HCPC number: PH45609

    Year qualified: 1990

    Place of primary qualification: The University of Queensland

    Claire is the Clinical Director at Pure Sports Medicine, Kensington in London, a multi-disciplinary sports and musculoskeletal medicine clinic with four sites and 75 clinicians in central London. Her clinical interests include hips, groin, movement dysfunction, pregnancy, pelvis and lumbopelvic dysfunction. Her sporting interests are football, dance and ballet.

    Claire also works as an honorary lecturer and examiner at Queen Mary University of London. She is an invited lecturer at UCL, Kings College, London and University of Bath and a journal reviewer for Manual Therapy and Physical Therapy in Sport and the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    Claire has a research interest in groin pain and pathology, including pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and athletic groin pain. She is a national and international lecturer on manual therapy, spinal and hip and pelvic pain. In 2015, she was named the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK for her entrepreneurial work in building a successful clinical organisation and her promotion of musculoskeletal healthcare, and in 2016 she was awarded as Fellowship of the MACP.

    Areas of expertise

    • Hip and groin issues
    • Movement dysfunction
    • Pregnancy physiotherapy
    • Pelvis and lumbopelvic dysfunction
    • Chronic back pain
    • Preventative rehabilitation
    • Sports injuries
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Manual therapy
    • Injury prevention
    • Rehabilitation
    • Sports medicine
    • Physical therapy
    • Back pain
    • Orthopedics
    • Sports
    • Medicine
    • Injury
    • Neck pain
    • Operant conditioning

    Frequently asked questions

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

    Most of my patients that I see will present with a combination of symptoms such as low back pain, pain in their glutes, pain in and around their hip area – either in their groin or in the lateral aspect – or they may be presenting with trochanteric bursa. I see a lot of patients with leg pain, with pins and needles, numbness, tingling in their legs related to their irritation and also a lot of patients with stiffness in their backs throughout their spine.

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

    We use a combination of manual therapy, exercise and education. Often, patients, especially if they've got long-standing problems, are often quite stiff and restricted. It's become a feature of managing chronic back pain that basically everybody is now just dealt with exercise therapy. Actually, a lot of the patients that we see need to get moving. They need to be mobilised. I'm a qualified manipulative physiotherapist. I will use joint manipulation as appropriate. I then will follow that up with sort of appropriate exercise program to maintain the improvement that the patient is getting from the manual therapy and, obviously, some suitable education as to the cause of their problem, what needs to be done about it, et cetera.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    My areas of interest are managing lumbopelvic hip pain, such as hip, groin dysfunction and low back pain. Those three areas are intimately linked anatomically, but they're also linked from the perspective of nerve connections. Often, what you find is that in order to improve one area, you need to work on the other areas.

  • Professional memberships

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