Musculoskeletal, Orthopedic and Sports Physiotherapy
Our Physiotherapist, Darren Austin (HCPC Registered) is an Australian Physiotherapist who specializes in Musculoskeletal, Orthopedic and Sports Physiotherapy. He has completed both a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. His thesis focused on rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction giving him a specialized interest in this. Darren has extensive experience in a variety of physiotherapy environments including Hospital, Private Practice and Elite Sporting settings. Having worked at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia for many years, Darren has extensive experience in acute and rehabilitative management of orthopedic injuries including post-surgical joint-replacement and reconstructive surgery.
Since then Darren has been working in private practice at a nationally renowned sports medicine clinic in Australia where he treated a large number of patients with back pain, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle injuries amongst other areas. It is at this clinic that Darren was able to work alongside some of the world’s best physiotherapists in Tendon management and as a result Darren also has a special interest in treating/managing Tendinopathy, specifically patella, Achilles, hamstring and gluteal tendinopathy. Darren has completed further training in Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates and Strength and Conditioning which has added to his treatment repertoire to help his patients with rapid recovery of injuries. Darren believes a holistic approach of manual therapy, correct advice as well as strength and flexibility exercises are the key to a successful recovery from injury. As a physiotherapist Darren can also help with headaches, cervical and neck pain, chronic pain, falls prevention, and exercise advice.
Furthermore, Darren has extensive experience working with a variety of elite sporting teams ranging from Australian Rules Football (AFL), Cricket, Netball and Volleyball. For the past two years Darren was the Head Physiotherapist and Strength & Conditioning coach for the Men’s Volleyroos – Australian Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team in their quest to qualify for the Rio Olympics. He also spent time working at the Australian Institute of Sport. His background in Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Pilates provides him with the perfect set of skills to aid in appropriate load management and complete recovery of sporting injuries to return to full training and competition.
Darren, having left the UK when he was 7 years old, has returned to the UK to spend time with his brother, nephew and extended family. He is a keen skier, and has previously represented Australia in Kayaking and Victoria in Swimming. He is also training to run the Vienna marathon with his wife in April 2017.
Whilst most physiotherapy sessions will take place at The Portobello Clinic, we can offer home visits should this be more convenient to you. We appreciate the many time constraints placed upon our patients, and so urge you to speak to Darren should you wish to arrange a physiotherapy session or therapeutic massage on weekday evenings, or at weekends. Our guiding principles of flexibility, professionalism and attention to detail mean that we will endeavour to give you as much time as you need, as often as you need.
Initial physiotherapy consultations will run for one hour, with follow-up sessions at forty-five minutes. You do not have to be referred to Darren by one of our GPs, you can simply arrange an appointment over the phone or in person by speaking with one of our receptionists.