Joanna Spencer

PgDip Manip Ther, MMACP, MCSP

Specialist Shoulder Physiotherapist

Joanna studied Physiotherapy at St Thomas' Hospital, London, qualifying in 1992. She started work in the NHS at Southampton General Hospital, where the opportunity to work with Mr Simon Lambert, Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon, initially fuelled her interest in the shoulder. This interest continued and grew with the continued ability to work in joint shoulder clinics with Mr Andrew Cole and Mr Campbell Hand at Southampton, and subsequently working with them again in NHS triage clinics in Orthopaedic Choice across South Hampshire.

Joanna was one of the first Allied Health Professionals to be awarded the British Elbow and Shoulder Society AHP fellowship in 2000, which furthered her interest in shoulder therapy by visiting other shoulder professionals in the UK and Europe. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2002 and completed a Master’s Injection Therapy module in 2013.

Joanna also started working privately in 1998, balancing this alongside NHS management commitments, in order to continue to pursue her passion for helping people with all types of shoulder problems, including sports injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocations and rotator cuff problems, as well as those recovering from shoulder surgery. She has worked exclusively in the private sector since 2012.

Joanna has been involved in teaching other health professionals about shoulder rehabilitation and in the development of postoperative physiotherapy shoulder protocols. Her experience in triage clinics has given the knowledge of experience to be able to signpost when patients may benefit from either an injection or diagnostic imaging, or referrals to a Consultant.

Joanna receives referrals from Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeons across Hampshire and London, assessing a wide range of shoulder conditions, as well as patients referred from GPs and local physiotherapists.