Meet the Therapist: Frank Fan, Physiotherapist
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m originally from Henan province. I came to Shanghai to study at Shanghai University of Sport and received my bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy/Sports Rehabilitation. I then went on to complete a master’s degree in Kinesiology/Rehabilitation Science from Shanghai Fudan University. I’ve gained many years of experience working in local hospitals doing a wide array of rehabilitation and physical therapy. In addition to working with patients, I participate in clinical research.
What are some of your primary specialties and modalities?
I have a strong background in sports rehabilitation. Much of my work at the hospital is post-surgery and injury rehabilitation, specifically helping people after knee or hip surgery or fractures. We also treat a lot of pain, particularly spine issues and pain in the neck and back. I specialize in manual therapy for musculoskeletal disorders and work with mobilization techniques, deep tissue massage and manipulation. I often employ muscle energy technique (MET).
What are some of the primary conditions you treat?
Many patients come in for acute or chronic pain, whether it is from a new injury, an old injury, or daily/sports stress. Doctors will also refer their patients for physiotherapy after surgery. Some of the most common conditions I treat include: spinal disc herniation, sciatica, muscle strain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement syndrome, patellar tendinitis, tennis elbow, and ankle sprains. And, of course, back and neck pain makes up a large portion of the practice.
In rehabilitation, patients are commonly referred after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus injury/surgery, Achilles tendon reconstruction, or a fracture. With my background in kinesiology and sports rehabilitation, I can help anyone from the casual sports enthusiast to the serious athlete stay healthy and recuperate from injuries or wear and tear.
If you are suffering from pain, click here to schedule an appointment with rehabilitation specialist Frank. Frank offers consultations in our Hongmei Road Clinic, Hongqiao.