Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists can provide a wide range of treatments to help people get better after an injury or orthopaedic surgery. Injuries can happen for all sorts of reasons including sport, work or every day life. Our aim is to restore function so that you can get back to doing the things that you enjoy. The physio team use a variety of hands on techniques to decrease pain and get things moving better. These techniques will give you the best possible start to your treatment. They will also teach you exercises and stretches to fix the presenting problem and stop it from coming back again.

Meet the physio team

Ross Smith

BSc Physiotherapy / HCPC CSP
Physiotherapist

Ross loves being a physiotherapist and enjoys the challenge of helping a patient return to sport or eliminating someone's pain for good. He loves dealing with patients who have been unable to fix an injury previously. His main interests are lower limb biomechanics and gait analysis. Ross studied and worked in New Zealand before returning home to Shetland in 2011. During his experience he has treated many high level athletes including New Zealand, Scotland and Shetland representatives in various sports. Ross was one of the physiotherapists for the men and women's hockey in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He was also the lead physiotherapist for the Shetland team at the 2015 NatWest Island Games

Stella McCall

BSc Physiotherapy / HCPC CSP
Physiotherapist

Stella gets a buzz when she sees that the treatment she has done has helped a patient to enjoy their life more. She enjoys the diversity of conditions that physiotherapy can treat; from elite athletes to office workers and elderly patients. Stella has worked in different environments including private physiotherapy practice and hospital intensive care units. Each of these settings has given Stella very different perspective on how to manage people. Managing people who are recovering from heart and orthopaedic surgery as well as treating normal every day aches and pains are all part of what Stella believes physiotherapy can offer.

Stella is originally from Carnoustie but she previously lived in Shetland as a student and also volunteered for the National Trust on Fair Isle. In her spare time, Stella enjoys exploring nature, sea swimming, fencing, yoga and horse riding.

Emma Leask

BSc Physiotherapy / HCPC CSP
Physiotherapist

Emma loves being the person who can get someone back to the things they enjoy doing. While she has a keen interest in sports and participates in high level athletics, Emma enjoys getting to know people from many as many different backgrounds as possible. Emma’s experience in hospitals, private physiotherapy practices and also rugby physiotherapy has taught her how to manage a broad range of conditions and injuries.

Emma recently moved back to Shetland after living in Aberdeen for study and work. Emma is a high level athlete who has competed for Shetland in the past five Natwest Island Games and she has also played netball for Scotland at a junior level. As a result Emma understands the demands that sport can have on the body and she enjoys helping people get back to their sport and being able to teach them how to prevent injuries in the future.

In her spare time Emma enjoys travelling, baking, running, playing netball and keeping fit.

What to expect

Initial Assessment

The main focus of this session is to get a clear idea of what is going on with your injury. Ross will take a detailed history of your injury and then do a full assessment to ensure their initial diagnosis is correct. Once the nature of the problem has been determined, he will work with you to establish a suitable treatment plan. By working together, he can make sure the plan suits your time and budget commitments. If required, he will do some hands-on treatment and then teach you the appropriate exercises or give you advice on how to reduce pain. This session will last one hour.

Session 2

To ensure your recovery starts in the best way, we ideally want to see you again as soon as possible after your initial assessment. We will explain the treatment plan which will tell you how many sessions we recommend and the expected outcome of your treatment. Session two and any subsequent sessions required will be 30 minutes long.

Further information

Physiotherapy and professional recognition.

Physiotherapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council which helps to protect the public by making sure their therapist is safe to practice. Most physiotherapists are also registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists which makes sure that they are insured to practice and to keep them up to date with current research.

Sports Physiotherapy Services

Click here to find out more about our sports physiotherapy services.