It was a sports injury in his teens that led to Ed’s introduction to the world of physiotherapy.
This initial insight into a career that combined problem-solving, health and science piqued Ed’s interest and set him on his journey to becoming a physiotherapist.
Asked whether his career choice has lived up to his expectations, Ed says: “Being a physiotherapist has proved to be very satisfying in the sense that it allows you to meet with people at varying stages of ability and to help them to find a way through or round their condition so that they get back to a level of function where they are able to do more and better.
“During my career, I’ve observed that there are a lot of misconceptions around injury and pain. For example, somebody may believe that resting their injured limb is the best course of action when actually this could be making their pain worse because what they should be doing is exercising it! I find it really rewarding to be able to educate patients about their pain and to show them there is a new way and that they can change their situation.”
In a typical day, Ed gets to see and treat a wide variety of people. He likes being able to connect with his patients and build a trusting relationship.
Asked what the future holds for physiotherapy, Ed is optimistic that more more people are now seeing physio as an essential service and an investment in their health rather than a last resort. Ed says: “I believe that most people have the tools to get better and that our role as physiotherapists is to help them find the right thing to do and the right way to do it.”
Outside of work, Ed is kept busy by his young family and enjoys baking bread and making pizza for them. When he has a moment to himself, you’ll find him working on increasing his own fitness level on the golf course or rugby pitch or reading a good book.