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Patrick Bradley always knew his future lay in sport. A schoolboy player for Manchester United, he managed to play football while keeping up his schoolwork and completing his A Levels. So when a knee injury dashed his dreams of becoming a professional footballer he decided to train as a physiotherapist.

Patrick, said: “Although I was at Manchester United I still wanted to continue studying. The youth team coach Eric Harrison agreed to let me carry on playing for the A and B team while doing my A Levels.”But then when I was 18 I got injured and it took 18 months to find out what the problem was. I had torn my cruciate ligament. By that time I was already studying physiotherapy at Birmingham University, but that was my football career over. To be honest I don’t think I would ever have been good enough to play at the very top level.”

He got his first job as a physio where he met his wife Tracy – also a qualified physiotherapist. By 1997 the couple had married and decided to open their own private practice. “We both had become a bit disgruntled by the NHS and we really wanted to be our own bosses so we took the leap and set up on our own,” Patrick said, and within a year the business took off. He said “Then one day I got a phone call out of the blue from England RFU asking if I would join the team working with the Under 18s teams initially. In the first year I went on tour with them to Australia. That team included players like Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall. It was a fantastic experience". Within 18 months Patrick had been invited to work for the RFU’s elite performance department.

That meant he would be part of the dedicated medical team treating all of the countries elite rugby players including the first team, Saxons, under 20s and the 18s.

Over the years he has treated stars including Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, Andrew Sheridan, Ben Youngs, Courtney Laws and Ian Balshaw to name but a few.

“To be honest the way we treat athletes is not dissimilar to how we would treat an ordinary patient. But it is when it comes to the rehabilitation side that the differences come in. Somebody who wants to recover from an injury so they can get back to work is not going to rehabilitate in the same way as an athlete who wants to get back to the top of his sport.”

He has also trained in all the latest acupuncture techniques, administering steroid injections and a variet of new orthopaedic techniques.

In the Bradley Physio Clinics, Patrick is busy working with the latest techniques to treat his patients.

“We now have some of the best facilities within the North of England and hope to continue to expand and grow in the future.”

Tracy Bradley graduated from the world renowned St Thomas’ Hospital, London before relocating to Manchester to begin working as a physiotherapist in some of the North Wests leading teaching hospitals for many years. She has completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, a Foundation Course in Acupuncture and is a fully qualified APPI registered teacher of modified pilates. Tracy leads the team of physiotherapists that provide the pilates classes as well as working with Patrick to ensure Bradley Physio continues to remain one of the leading physiotherpy clinics in the North West of England.

In her spare time Tracy is busy looking after her 3 children, various animals and enjoys walking.

Joanna Surgeon wanted to be a physio from a young age after several sporting injuries required the expert knowledge and care of a physiotherapist. After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2008 she worked for the NHS for 3 years gaining experience in a wide variety of clinical settings.During this time she also worked at Rochdale Rugby Union Football Club covering match days and training sessions for the mini, junior and senior players.

In 2009 she began working for Bradley Physio , a role which now involves training student physiotherapists and mentoring Having completed her APPI Pilates training in 2010 Joanna is also part of the team of physios providing assessments, one to one sessions and pilates classes at Bradley Physio.

Outside of work Jo enjoys has a keen interest in netball and has a busy social life with her many friends.

Carole Waggett started work in the legal profession and soon realised that this was not for her and moved over to the medical profession where she has been ever since. She worked for a very busy local GP practice for eight years and then took employment with an orthopaedic surgeon, working from his home for 12 years until he retired.Carole began working for Bradley Physio in 2005 as a full time receptionist and has gradually progressed to the role of Practice Manager. As well as overseeing the general day to day running of the clinics and managing our team of receptionists she works closely with Patrick & Tracy to ensure our high standards of patient care and customer service are maintained.

In her youth Carole was a competitive swimmer and still enjoys swimming, water sports and walking


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