Stef Hurst is a Physiotherapist at our Wigan clinic. Here she tells us why she decided to become a phsyio….
“Three situations pushed me towards becoming a physiotherapist.
The first thing I ever heard or knew about the job was when my Grandad had a total hip replacement. I was only about 8. When I went to visit him in the hospital, the physio was there. I remember them showing him exercises and teaching him how to walk with crutches. From that day on, I always wanted to know more about physiotherapy.
During high school and college, picking my options for potential careers, my PE teachers would always try and re direct me to study and become a PE teacher! It became quite a negative experience and in the end I thought; ‘I will show them and prove I will become a physiotherapist!’ (However if I wasn’t a physiotherapist I probably would have been a PE teacher!)
Growing up I played competitive tennis and always had issues with my left knee. It kept locking and giving way but was never managed well. It was only later diagnosed that I had a meniscal tear! I was given the option of surgery or physiotherapy/exercises to self manage. I took the second approach and trained myself and read up to get better knowledge.
With these three experiences behind me, I went on to study at The University of Salford between 2006-2009, and achieved my BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.
After qualifying I worked in the NHS, then moved into private practice and sports clubs. I have also worked over in Australia, working with the NRL team the Sydney Roosters. I am also a qualified Pilates instructor…. but I am not teaching at present.
Since having my 2 boys, all my spare time is spent doing things with them. My eldest son is severely autistic and completely non-verbal so we go on lots of walks and attend forest school (I feel like I am learning new things constantly) we also bake, go swimming and listen to music.
When I do get a rare moment to myself, I go to the gym, read a book or watch crap reality TV like ‘Housewives of Cheshire’ or ‘Sam and Billie Friars’. Though I also like nature and cooking programmes – such as ‘Countryfile’ and ‘The Great British Bake off’. “