Julia Lai


Areas of Expertise:

  • Sports-related injuries
  • Post-operative conditions (e.g. ACL injuries, SLAP lesion and rotator cuff repair, etc)
  • Recurrent musculoskeletal issues (e.g. chronic neck pain and back pain)
  • Combination of manual therapy with active exercises
  • Muscle imbalance and joint stiffness

Tell us about your background in physiotherapy

My ambition to become a physiotherapist dated back to 2008, when I was inspired by the physiotherapists who worked with the Chinese national team during the Beijing Olympic games. I graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012 and joined the Hospital Authority. After working in public setting for several years, I went to Perth, Australia to study for a Masters degree at Curtin University. During my time in Curtin, I volunteered as a sports trainer for one of the Australia Football leagues in Western Australia. This has given me experience in working with elite athletes.


What are your interests?

I have an active lifestyle and enjoy running and hiking during my pastime. I also enjoy endurance sports, and I have completed two marathons and a 100km Oxfam Trailwalker, which aroused my interest in overuse injuries. Also, as a musician since high school, I enjoyed playing the double bass and cherished being part of an orchestra.


Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.

I completed the Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Perth in 2016, and I was honored to be taught by several internationally renowned physiotherapists, including Kim Robinson and Toby Hall. Their excellent teaching and passion for treating patients motivated me to strive hard to be the best physiotherapist I could be. That was the reason I took a year off from work and studied master at Curtin University.


What is your area of expertise?

I am experienced in managing patients with post-operative conditions including ACL injuries, SLAP lesion and rotator cuff repair and helping them to return to the sports they love. Returning to sports and pre-injury lifestyle is one of the most important goals for patients, and it is crucial to make sure patients are physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for that.

I am also experienced in combining manual therapy with active exercises, which is particularly effective in patients with recurrent conditions such as neck pain and back pain.

With my education background from Curtin University, I believe good clinical reasoning and keeping myself up to date with current research is the key to providing the most effective treatments and ensuring positive treatment outcomes.


What is the most fulfilling part of this job?

Nothing is more rewarding than helping patients get back on their feet and resume doing things that they like. As a physiotherapist, I am privileged to perform non-invasive treatments to help patients in pain and help them stay active by addressing the underlying causes such as muscle imbalance and joint stiffness.

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