Advanced Practice Physiotherapist | Musculoskeletal Sonographer | Clinical Director
BSc(Hons) Sport & Exercise Science | MSc Rehabilitation Science (Physio) | PgCert Medical Ultrasound (MSK)
Stewart is passionate about how physiotherapy can assist people in achieving what they want and need to in life. Having gained over 10 years’ post-graduate experience and following the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy advanced practice guidelines, Stewart works as a musculoskeletal Advanced Practice Physiotherapist and Sonographer with a particular focus on treating both upper and lower limb conditions. Stewart also enjoys the problem solving aspect of complex musculoskeletal problems and will commonly see people who are struggling to make progress. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in shoulder problems and will see a wide variety of shoulder presentations from the simple to complex.
In addition to his MSc physiotherapy degree from Glasgow Caledonian University, Stewart graduated from Strathclyde University with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science where he focussed on biomechanics. He has completed extensive post-graduate training and holds a Diploma with Merit in Musculoskeletal Injection Therapy. This enables Stewart to offer injections, for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. He also has an interest in the use of diagnostic ultrasound and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging (with distinction) enabling him to incorporate ultrasound scanning into his practice. The combination of this skill set means that the majority of injections can be delivered under ultrasound guidance for improved accuracy.
Based on the best available evidence, Stewart’s approach to treatment is always tailor made to the patient and is focused on long term plans, self-management and avoidance of reoccurrence of the injury. He is a strong advocate of exercise both for general health and as therapy. He also has post-graduate training in manual therapy which can be used to assist in pain-relief and in conjunction with proactive strategies to recover from injury.
While maintaining a busy clinical practice at Life Fit, Stewart continues to work with some of Scotland’s top elite and professional athletes across many disciplines through close links with the Sportscotland Institute of Sport and other local and national sports organisations. While he enjoys working with elite sportspeople, Stewart is also passionate about helping others get back to doing what they need to whether this is a physical job or daily household tasks.
Stewart believes that research is important to inform clinical practice, but also that the experience of clinicians can guide meaningful research. To this end he has recently published a paper on shoulder injuries in swimmers and is actively involved with further research relating to shoulder injuries in swimmers and in racket sports. He has recently conducted a study into the incidence of shoulder injuries in World-class badminton players and is a member of the Badminton World Federation Sport Science and Medicine Research Committee.
Stewart has a close network of Orthopaedic Consultants, Sport & Exercise Medicine Doctors and local G.P.’s ensuring that the best needs of the patient are achieved through seamless referral to trusted colleagues. He is a member of the European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
When he’s not busy at the clinic, Stewart tries to follow his own advice by keeping fit. He has always enjoyed racket sports, particularly badminton where he competed internationally and was proud to represent Scotland at European and World Championships. His real downtime is spent with his wife and young daughters, climbing a hill, watching a movie or playing his drums!
Bradley, John PhD; Kerr, Stewart MSc; Bowmaker, David MSc, MPhty; Gomez, Jean-Francois PhD
A Swim-Specific Shoulder Strength and Conditioning Program for Front Crawl Swimmers
Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2019 – Volume 41 – Issue 4 – p 1–17.
Bradley, John; Kerr, Stewart; Bowmaker, David; Gomez, Jean-Francois. (2016).
Review of Shoulder Injuries and Shoulder Problems in Competitive Swimmers.
American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Vol. 4, 2016 Pages 57-73, 4(3), 57–73.