Carla Thomson

Carla, Lead physio and managing director Blairgowrie Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic ltd- Carla Thomson MCSP, MSc, BSc hons, Dip SOM.

Graduated from Glasgow University 1998 with a BSc Hons in Sports Medicine and Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003 with an MSC in Physiotherapy (Pre-reg).

Worked in the NHS 2003-2013 gaining invaluable experience and knowledge in: musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, stroke rehabilitation, medicine for the elderly (specializing in falls prevention and Parkinson clinic) and paediatrics.

She established ‘Blairgowrie Physiotherapy’ in 2009 and resigned from NHS in 2013 to concentrate on the business. She now work fulltime within the clinic and with sports clubs.

Her experience and knowledge enables her to offer a variety of specialist treatments to treat a variety of problems in most areas of the body to people of all ages.

She has a keen interest in working in sport. She worked with multi-national elite shooters within the athletes village at the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games. She has worked with the national Scottish hockey team at under 16 level accompanying them on their tours to Northern Europe, but reluctantly had to decline the offer of a permanent post with them. She spent some of the summer in 2013 working with the senior Scottish Ladies Hockey team to help prepare them for their European matches. This involved pre- and post-match physiotherapy and pitchside first aid.

She been working towards gaining a bronze level award with the Association of chartered physiotherapists in sport and exercise medicine (ACPSEM) and through this has gained work experience treating national and international athletes within the Edinburgh Rugby club and the Tayside Institute of sport. This has undoubtedly enriched her knowledge of treating sports injuries and recognising the demands of sport on the body and sports profiling (golf,swimming, hockey and rugby) and sports specific rehabilitation.

Career Snapshot:

  • 2014 - Physiotherapy for elite shooters at Commonwealth games.
  • 2014- Certificate in Spinal manual therapy through Manual concepts. 8 day course for a variety of conditions for the spine including arthritis and disc problems.
  • 2013 - Work with the national Scottish hockey teams
  • 2012 - 2014 - work experience and mentorship with Edinburgh Rugby and Sports Institute Scotland
  • 2010 - Completed the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and therapy courses. This specializes on logical assessment and treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. It works particularly well for disc related pathology and dysfunctions.
  • 2009 - present - Strathmore Rugby Club physiotherapist
  • 2009 - Postgraduate diploma Orthopaedic Medicine (Middlesex uni) – qualified to assess and treat cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and sacroiliac (pelvic) conditions as well as the peripheral joints (knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles etc).
  • 2009 - Post grad diploma Injection therapy (Middlesex uni)- Qualified to treat musculoskeletal complaints with the use of cortico-steroid injection
  • 2006 -Post graduate qualification to practice acupuncture. A useful tool in the management of pain and there is robust scientific evidence to support the use of acupuncture in a variety of conditions.
  • 2005 -2012 -Sports taping courses which I find useful both in the clinic for the general public and with the sports teams I work with.
  • 2003-2014 - Post- graduate shorter courses/conferences and in services for hips/groin, shoulders, knees etc.
  • 2003 - Qualified with an MSc Physiotherapy (pre-reg) from Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • 1998 - BSc Hons in Sports Medicine from Glasgow University

Carla keeps herself fit by road cycling, running, swimming and skiing. She has competed in several cycling races, duathlons, sprint triathlons, half marathons and endurance challenges. She works at Glenshee Ski centre in the winter months as a ski patroller, rescuing injured skiers and boarders and providing treatment in the treatment rooms.