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Dr Ann McCarthy, Central Health PhysiotherapyClinical Specialist Hypermobility & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Ann McCarthy has been practising as a physiotherapist specialising in the musculoskeletal area for over 20 years.

Ann has expertise in hypermobility syndrome, lower limb biomechanics, gait and exercise and rehabilitation. Her sporting background allows applications of those principles to all situations thereby helping people re-gain control and independence in their lives. She also has hypermobility and associated symptoms herself.

She tries hard to practice what she preaches but admits to being no angel and so can relate well to those coming for advice and encouragement. The close relationships between the Hypermobility Unit team members enable a linked up approach to the management of whatever symptoms a person brings. Ann’s approach is to use specific manual therapy techniques, very specific exercise programmes focussing on regaining control and day-to-day activities and fitness and to provide support, advice and encouragement. She looks forwards to working with you in the future.

Other Experience

Over the years Ann has had an extensive and wide ranging practice working in the NHS and privately. Prior to beginning the PhD she was the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for all musculoskeletal conditions at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for an 8 year period leading a team of between 20 to 30 in- and out-patient physiotherapists. She has also worked within a number of sporting environments such as with Great Britain Rowing and Saracens Rugby Union (amongst others), and to a lesser degree jump and sprint athletes, hockey and ballet.


Having originally qualifying in London, she then undertook a Master’s Degree in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Australia in 1999.

She has recently completed her PhD investigating the potential causes of joint disease in people with haemophilia, with one focus being hypermobility. Ann now combines clinical work with research and teaching Masters level students.


Ann is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

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