Experience the Difference

The sole focus of our practitioners is you, the patient, the issues you present with and any goals or outcomes you want to achieve. Ultimately, we care about you and want you to get better and back to the things you enjoy!

When you consult one of our physiotherapists, this is what you can expect:

  • A one-on-one consultation with one of our physiotherapists, who will take the time to listen to you to get an understanding of what is happening with you, followed by a thorough physical assessment.
  • Longer than average appointment times. We allow up to 45 minutes for all of our initial consultations, which allows sufficient time for a thorough assessment to be conducted and to therefore more accurately determine what is going on.
  • A detailed explanation of what has been found during the assessment, as well as a diagnosis and plan of best management.

 

  • If your physiotherapist believes that you require some imaging (e.g. xray or MRI) to help with determining what may be going on with you, they can refer you for this.
  • If your physiotherapist believes that you need to be referred to a specialist or would be best managed by another health practitioner, they will refer you on as appropriate.
  • Individualised treatment based on your presentation, your level of activity, your personal circumstances and in accordance with best practice guidelines. Treatment may include (but is not limited to) hands-on manual therapy, exercises, bracing or supports, as well as education and advice specific to your condition and circumstances.
  • That your physiotherapist works as part of a team, so your presentation may be discussed within our clinical team to ensure that you are being managed in the best possible way.
  • That your physiotherapist is committed to ongoing professional development, so is aware of changes in best management of various conditions and is able to recommend the appropriate best practice management for your presentation.
  • That you know how to best contact your physiotherapist between appointments, should you need to clarify anything or if your presentation changes.
  • That there will be no unnecessary appointments or over-servicing. We consult with our patients as is clinically indicated based on your presentation and treatment.
  • No use of electrotherapy machines! You may have been to other physiotherapists who use machines that tingle or buzz (interferential or similar) or ultrasound – we don’t use these as the evidence for their efficacy is lacking!
  • That we will be looking for ways to keep you active and exercising, rather than telling you to stop. We’ll only be getting you to stop what you are doing if your injury dictates that this is the best management. Most conditions don’t actually require you to stop. We may well modify what you are doing, but will be doing everything we can to keep you active and moving, rather than stopping you.
  • To be seen by someone who cares about you!

Meet the Team

Brendan Limbrey

Principal Physiotherapist
APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
BMedSc, BBus, MPhysio, MSportsPhysio

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Clinical Areas of Interest

Sports injuries, rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery/injury, fracture management and men’s health physiotherapy (especially pre/post-prostatectomy).

Brendan has been a physiotherapist for over 10 years, primarily having worked in private practice and sports settings. He has also worked in the hospital setting including treating medical and surgical patients, fractures and working on rehabilitation wards.

Brendan established Arrow Physiotherapy in 2012, with a vision of providing professional, high- quality, evidence-based and personalised physiotherapy services for everyone in The Hills community. Brendan grew up in the local area and is pleased to now have a physiotherapy practice to be able to serve the community in which he grew up.

As a physiotherapist, Brendan has always had a passion for working with active populations, whether that be those engaged with sport or those with a lesser active lifestyle including those who simply like to walk, garden or play with their grandchildren. Brendan does have a keen interest in sports physiotherapy, which has seen him work with elite, sub-elite and recreational athletes across a multitude of sports. He has worked with NSW Netball as well as with numerous other netball, soccer, rugby and AFL clubs. He also completed placements as part of his sports physio masters at Hawthorn AFL club and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Brendan has a particular interest in working in the area of men’s health, which incorporates issues of incontinence and erectile dysfunction and see him working largely with men undergoing prostate surgery due to cancer. So much is his interest, Brendan has established a separate clinic for this service – Northern Sydney Men’s Health Physiotherapy.

Brendan firmly believes in that physiotherapists are just a part of the health care system. As such, he has developed an extensive network of health professionals to be able to refer to and communicate with to ensure that patients receive the best care for their specific circumstances.

Brendan is an active member within the physiotherapy profession, being a former Branch Councilor on the NSW Branch Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and also servicing on the NSW Sports Physiotherapy Committee. He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Sports Medicine Australia and Physiotherapy Business Australia. Brendan is also involved with training of physiotherapy university students as a clinical supervisor.

When Brendan isn’t in the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young daughters.

Chris Musgrave

Physiotherapist
BSportExM, BHMSc, BPhty(Hons), APAM

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Clinical Areas of Interest

Knee injuries (particularly ACL injuries), hamstring and groin injuries, tendon issues and chronic lower back pain.

Chris has been a physiotherapist on the Arrow Physiotherapy team since 2016. He is a physiotherapist who also has degrees in Sports and Exercise Management and Human Movement. In addition to this, Chris is a qualified personal trainer and has completed further study in strength and conditioning and aims to use these principles to not only get his patients pain-free, but to return them to a higher level of function

Chris is passionate about the translation of research into clinical physiotherapy practice and has a special interest in knee, hamstring/groin injuries, tendon injuries and chronic lower back pain. Chris is also currently involved in clinical research into the effectiveness of cognitive functional therapy (CFT) for chronic low back pain as a treating physiotherapist. Furthermore, Chris believes it is essential to incorporate the whole person into treatment to provide long-lasting results.

Chris is the head physiotherapist for Brothers Rugby Union Club as well as consulting for the Norwest Polecats Rugby League Club. He has also provided physiotherapy coverage for various sporting competitions.

Chris is active member of the Sports Physiotherapy community, currently serving as a committee member on the NSW Sports Physiotherapy committee. He is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

When Chris isn’t working, he enjoys watching rugby union and keeping fit by playing touch football, surfing and going to the gym.

Michael Pappas

Physiotherapist
BExSc, MPhysio, APAM

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Clinical Areas of Interest

Neck pain +/- associated headaches (cervicogenic headaches), knee pain/injuries, return to play rehabilitation for both upper and lower limb injuries, exercise prescription and load management/training program analysis and advice.

Michael has been a physiotherapist on the Arrow Physiotherapy team since 2017. He completed a Masters of Physiotherapy following completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Michael is also a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach and works with Cricket NSW and the Sydney Sixers Women’s Big Bash League team.

Michael has a passion for working with patients providing solutions to their presenting conditions. He applies current evidence-based practice to accurately assess and offer optimal treatment options along with his extensive exercise library.

Michael has completed the Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 and 2 courses and is also trained in dry needling. He is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Michael provides physiotherapy services to the Hills Rugby Club over the winter sport season.

Laurence Patt

Massage Therapist
Dip. Remedial Massage

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Laurence is a diploma qualified remedial massage therapist. He has almost 15 years experience as a massage therapist and has been part of the Arrow Physiotherapy team since 2015.

Laurence has experience working as a massage therapist with the Sydney Swans in the AFL, the Parramatta Eels in the NRL and Netball New South Wales.

Laurence has also had a wide range of experience working in a clinic environment, providing corporate massage as well as operating a mobile massage therapy service for many years.

As a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), Laurence continues to improve his knowledge to best treat his clients. Laurence is also undertaking studies to become a personal trainer.

When not in the clinic, Laurence enjoys being active with his family, keeping fit (you’ll find him at the Castle Hill RSL Fitness Centre most mornings) and following his beloved Boston Celtics Basketball team in the NBA.

Nicole Clifford

Practice Manager

Nicole has been the Practice Manager at Arrow Physiotherapy since 2016. She is a Hill local having grown up in the area. She loves connecting with our patients and making them feel comfortable and welcome. When she is not at work, you can find her on the sideline of a netball court either coaching, managing or cheering on her 2 daughters.

Elizabeth Limbrey

Administration

Elizabeth is responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes administrative work at Arrow Physiotherapy. Whilst you may not see much of her in the clinic, we can assure you that she is kept busy juggling her work for Arrow Physiotherapy, along with her primary job as an intensive care nurse and looking after her 3 young girls.