The physiotherapy service at OLCHC involves assessment, management and treatment to patients who have limited movement and function following surgery, trauma or disease. Physiotherapists work with individual patients to improve their strength, balance, mobility and overall fitness to enable them to return home safely.
As a tertiary hospital with several regional specialties such as spinal deformity and limb reconstruction, orthopaedic physiotherapists at OLCHC have developed clinical expertise in the management of complex conditions.
The physiotherapy department works with all disciplines involved in patient care, and has a strong commitment to patient focused care.
They have a close working relationship with consultants and share their enhanced skills and advice with physiotherapy colleagues and with community services to ensure patients receive ongoing care and appropriate follow-up.
The OLCHC physiotherapy department provides orthopaedic outpatient services for local residents and patients who have recently been discharged from hospital with musculoskeletal or surgical conditions. Referrals are accepted from all consultants attached to OLCHC as well as from musculoskeletal triage service.
Marie is Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatric Orthopaedics in Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Having previously worked in MMH, Dublin and RNSH, Sydney, she returned to OLCHC in 2003 to specialise in acute paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Marie was recruited to her current role in December 2010, the creation of the first Paediatric Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Triage service in Ireland, for which she was the recipient of a National Healthcare award in 2012 for ‘Outpatient Innovation of the year’.
Marie is also a co-founder of HandDynamics, an educational company specialising in continuing education for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in Hand Therapy.
Marie’s particular research interests are advancing the scope of physiotherapy practice and Ponseti intervention. She is currently enrolled a PhD candidate to ‘Evaluate the Health Economics of the Physiotherapy Triage service in OLCHC’.
She has lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to Paediatric Orthopaedics and Hand Therapy, and lectures in Trinity College School of Physiotherapy on Paediatric Orthopaedics. She has presented her research data on Ponseti outcomes and Efficacy of Physiotherapy Triage both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several research awards.
Ciara Cooney BPhysio MISCP
Clinical Specialist Physiotherpist Paediatric Orthopaedics.
Since 2011, Ciara has worked in the area of orthopaedic MSK triage and outpatient physiotherapy in OLCHC.Prior to this she has a long history working with the orthopaedic team in the in patient service having first joined the OLCHC physiotherapy department in 2000. She has previously worked in the Royal hospital Liverpool NHS trust as well as Sydney Childrens Hospital, Australia.
Claire O’Keeffe- Clinical Specialist in Spinal Disorders
Nicola Lyden – Senior PT in infant orthopaedics and adolescent health
Aoife Foy- Senior PT in outpatients musculoskeletal
Fionnuala Coleman - Senior PT in outpatients musculoskeletal
Lisa Enright- Senior PT in inpatient orthopaedic