Alex Karagiannidis is a physiotherapist specializing in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal syndromes. He qualified as a physiotherapist from the T.E.I. of Thessaloniki, in 1994. In 2000, he received the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method) after successfully completing the residency program in Minneapolis, U.S.A. He furthered his post-graduate studies, by completing his Master’s Degree in “Exercise and Health” in 2006, with a major in “Prevention, Intervention and Rehabilitation” of musculoskeletal disorders (Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, D.U.TH.). His master’s thesis examined the effect of therapeutic exercise on function and serum biochemical and immunological markers among patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Throughout his career he attended several musculoskeletal continuing education courses in Greece and in the UK (e.g. McKenzie, Mulligan, Maitland, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy, Spinal Stabilization Training). He also attended clinical placements in the Spinal Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital (Portsmouth, UK) in 1998 and the Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (Stanmore, UK) in 2013.
He started his career as a private practitioner in 1995, providing physiotherapy services to people with musculoskeletal disorders and especially chronic and complex spinal pain syndromes.
Starting from 1997 and for the next 15 years, he worked as a staff physiotherapist at the AHEPA University Hospital of Thessaloniki. His daily routine included treating patients with musculoskeletal problems at the outpatient department, chronic pain patients referred from the hospital’s Pain Unit and patients after spine surgery, which were referred for post-operative rehabilitation. In addition, he made rounds at various departments of the hospital such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, Rheumatology, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Intensive Care etc. The hospital career proved to be a valuable experience, because of the quantity and variety of clinical cases and challenges he met.
He is an invited speaker to Physiotherapy and Medicine Conferences and other educational events. Currently, he is a lecturer at the BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy Program at the Metropolitan College of Thessaloniki (in collaboration with the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh). He teaches the 2 musculoskeletal course modules, i.e. “Musculoskeletal Theory and Assessment” and “Musculoskeletal Exercise Therapy”.
Besides his physiotherapy profession, Alex is practicing Aikido, a Japanese martial art that focuses on motor control, self-concentration and breathing. He is a 4th degree black belt and instructor (Shidoin), recognized by the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (www.sakuradojo.gr).