Karen Love Grad Dip HCPC MCSP
Karen is a highly-experienced Chartered Physiotherapist who enjoys working with patients who suffer from either musculoskeletal or neurological dysfunction. She has a specialism in back pain assessment and rehabilitation and is a qualified clinical Pilates teacher.
After qualifying from St Mary’s Hospital in London (1991) she worked in many different areas within the NHS, spending 8 years as a specialist Oncology Physiotherapist at both the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust in London, developing many skills including clinical rehabilitation, complex assessment and staff training.
Karen subsequently moved into musculoskeletal private practice, working in London and Cranleigh, prior to joining Bevan Wilson. She also worked within the NHS as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) at the Medwyn Back Pain Clinic which involved working within a team of GPs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists and psychologists and further developed her skills in the diagnosis and management of back pain, both in terms of non-surgical and surgical interventions.
Alongside these roles, Karen ran a back school for Dorking Healthcare, a group class with a combined approach of education and exercise which we now know has the best outcomes for patients with chronic low back pain. She also ran a CBT pain management group which tackled the psychology of pain and teaches strategies to help people manage long term painful conditions.
Karen’s newest role is as a First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) for Dorking Healthcare, where she works alongside GPs in assessing musculoskeletal problems and facilitating their best management. This is a new initiative by NHS England to reduce the workload of the GPs and ensure patients are seen by the most appropriate health professional. In this role Karen meets people with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, assessing them, diagnosing them, giving them advice about their condition and referring on for further treatment or investigations as necessary. This is a very challenging role as all this is done within a 20-minute appointment; a stark contrast to the 45 mins provided in private practice!
Karen undertakes several roles at Bevan Wilson, Senior Physiotherapist, Spinal Specialist Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor. She is able to utilise her vast experience and skills to guide patients through their diagnosis, explain imaging results, look at all aspects of life that maybe influencing their symptoms and provide a plan of self-management with recommendations for any further investigation or treatment.
With a specialist interest in the management of back pain, Karen has for many years utilised Pilates as a key element in her approach to not only managing back pain but many other musculoskeletal injuries. She is a qualified APPI (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute) Instructor using modified exercises adapted to ensure safety when exercising with an injury. Pilates focuses on improving strength and flexibility of the whole body with an emphasis on the core muscles that can help to support the spine. Her classes are always limited to a small number of clients to ensure close supervision and are therefore suitable for any age or level of fitness.