Joanne Blackwood – Physiotherapy

MSc Orthopaedic Medicine, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP, HCPC, HAAD

Joanne Blackwood (Physiotherapy) completed her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2002 at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.  She worked initially for the NHS completing basic rotations, including paediatrics, out patients and orthopaedics, and progressed to senior level specialising in musculoskeletal problems.  Since 2006 she worked privately in the UK in both private clinics and for one of the largest private hospitals in the UK Nuffield Health.

Her work in private clinics enabled her to treat patients of all ages, including paediatrics, and treat a variety of injuries, particularly spinal problems, shoulder, knee and biomechanical problems.  She was also able to treat many local sports teams and athletes.  While working for Nuffield Health she attained the positions of out-patient lead physiotherapist, regional clinical lead (South UK) and advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapist where she worked with complex cases, facilitating referral for diagnostics and consultant referral directly as required.  She also taught courses on orthopaedic medicine at a nation-wide level to fellow physiotherapists.

In 2011 Joanne completed her MSc in Orthopaedic Medicine at the University of Middlesex/Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, London. During this time, she took a particular interest in tendon problems and had her research into knee tendon problems was published in the medical journal ‘International Musculoskeletal Medicine’.  She continues to take an interest in tendon problems and also enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries.

Joanne has completed many other courses as a physiotherapist, including acupuncture, and is confident using this to treat musculoskeletal injuries as well as auricular to treat generic health problems.

Joanne joined BounceBack Physiotherapy in Jan 2017.


Joanne moved to Abu Dhabi in 2015 and enjoys living here with her husband and 2 young boys.  She is a keen runner, fitting it in where possible around family life, and has developed a passion for yoga.  She also enjoys walking her 2 dogs.

Current Professional Memberships

MSCP – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK)
HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council (UK)
HAAD – Health Authority Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Additional Qualifications

  • MSc Orthopaedic medicine
  • Published in International Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Foundation acupuncture (UK)
  • Auricular acupuncture (UK)
  • Evidenced based treatment of spine/shoulder/knee/ankle
  • Grade 5 manipulations
  • Taught orthopaedic medicine courses at a national level (UK)

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