APA Sports Physiotherapist
26 Years Experience
Principal physiotherapist Paul Hazell is a qualified PE teacher and physiotherapist who has been practicing sports physio for the past 26 years.
Local, National & International Physio Roles
Officially recognized as an APA Sports Physiotherapist in 2006, Paul was the senior physiotherapist of the Newcastle United Jets football club from 2007 to 2011 and has a wealth of experience with all the major football codes in Australia; having previously worked with Balmain and Parramatta Rugby League Clubs, Sydney Swans AFL Club, Randwick Rugby Club and the Australian Women’s Soccer team, “The Matilda’s”.
Owned & Operated Hunter Physio 23 Years
In 1995 Paul created Hunter Physio at The Nineways, Broadmeadow and has continued to work with athletes of this region including his involvement as a consultant for the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Hunter Academy of Sport.
Expertise In Lower Limb Injuries
Paul’s expertise includes management of all lower limb injuries. This includes the back, pelvis, sacroiliac joint, foot, ankle, knee, hip and associated musculature; with thorough assessment and complete biomechanical assessment, paramount to resolving your injury.
Paul has an interest in the management of difficult pelvis and hip complaints; particularly the inter-relationship between pelvic and Lumbar Spine dysfunction, which can lead to altered nerve function and how this can have an effect on other lower limb injuries. This may be following a slip or fall, a sporting injury or commonly after childbirth.
Paul often helps women manage back and pelvic pain through pregnancy and beyond. These injuries require correction of pelvic alignment, restoring normal muscle balance around the pelvis and re-activating the core muscles which stabilize the pelvis.
Practice What You Preach
Being an active cyclist and runner, and an ex representative footballer, Paul understands the need to keep active during your rehabilitation and therefore will endeavor to give you options to work around the limitations of your injury and get you back running as quickly as possible. He strives to be the best physiotherapist in Newcastle for the treatment of lower limb injuries.
Having an interest in dance physiotherapy; and over 25 years of sports physiotherapy experience; allows Paul to understand the possible contributions to dance injuries; make an accurate diagnosis; and then give you the best treatment and advice to allow you to pursue your dance training.
In recent years, Paul has completed additional courses to allow him to complete Pre Pointe Assessments and Tertiary Dance Council Screenings for aspiring ballet dancers.
Paul introduced Pilates classes at Hunter Physio in 2012, giving our patients a great tool for core strengthening and end stage rehabilitation of their injuries.