Paddy O’Brien

BSc, MSc Sports, PDip ISOM, MISCP

Paddy is the proud founder of The O’Brien Clinic.

Paddy is a fully licensed and Chartered Physiotherapist with current membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, (ISCP).

Paddy qualified with a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin, in 2002 and has a MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from UCD.

After graduating Paddy worked at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire for four years. He describes this experience as invaluable and life changing both personally and professionally. It was here he developed his unique skill and love for exercise rehabilitation dealing with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, motor neuron disease, amputations and many other neurological conditions.

Paddy’s interest in Neurological physiotherapy continues to the present day and remains to be a large part of his case load within the O’Brien Clinic.

Paddy is an excellent manual therapist. He has undergone comprehensive post graduate training with the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine where he developed his skills in spinal manipulations and mobilisations. This is of particular benefit to patients who suffer with low back pain and spinal pain and the treatment of such conditions has become one of Paddy’s main passions as a Physiotherapist.

Paddy’s ethos as a physiotherapist is to fully rehabilitate every patient, therefore he was determined to include a state of the art rehabilitation gym when designing the O’Brien Clinic.

Paddy uses the gym to rehabilitate patients from elite athletes to elderly patients who for example have debilitating mobility problems. Paddy is a creative and innovative rehabilitator and is always striving to provide his patients with the best and most up to date exercise methods.

Paddy had the privilege of playing Inter-County Hurling with Tipperary senior hurling team for an impressive eight competitive seasons. Amongst his many hurling successes with Tipperary his proudest is undoubtedly being part of the winning All-Ireland Inter-County Hurling team of 2001. Paddy has also won eight County Senior Hurling medals with his club, Toomevara, and two Munster club titles, one of which he had the honour of captaining his team. Other hurling achievements include: Minor All-Ireland title with Tipperary, Represented Munster in the Railway Cup, winning Dublin Senior and Fitzgibbon Cup final with UCD hurling club while studying there on a sports scholarship.

Like many passionate sports people Paddy unfortunately experienced some serious injuries throughout his sporting career. Ever the optimist Paddy views this in a very positive light and believes that this provides him with unique insight into sports injuries and the psychological impact it places on athletes. As a sports person Paddy understands the ultimate goal for athletes is to return to sport and more often than not match or competition deadlines require fast acting treatments.

With Paddy’s experience of personal injuries he now endeavours to prevent todays young athletes from undergoing similar overuse injuries. Paddy is heavily involved with the Tipperary Inter-County Hurling set up as the head Chartered Physiotherapist to the Minor, Under 21 and Senior Hurling teams. Paddy has been widely recognised for success in treating chronic Hip and Groin injuries in athletes from various sporting backgrounds especially in GAA players.

Paddy endeavours to provide his patients with the very best, evidence based treatments that exist. He is committed to continuing his professional development and enjoys learning by attending regular post graduate courses both nationally and internationally.

For appointments with Paddy please contact the O’Brien Clinic on 06726111.