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Bruce Paulik

B.Sc., B.App.Sc. (Physiotherapy), Grad Dip (Man Ther)

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Special Interest Areas

Shoulder pain

Shoulder postoperative recovery

Shockwave therapy
for tendinopathies

Neck and back pain


Tendinopathy rehabilitation

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Bruce is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has been in practice for over 40 years.  His areas of special clinical interest include shoulder and neck pain, orthopaedic shoulder rehabilitation and vertigo.


Bruce started his special interest in shoulders during his studies at university - initially a Science Degree majoring in Anatomy, then his Physiotherapy Degree. This special interest continued during his Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and while teaching physiotherapy students.


He started in Private Practice in 1978, and by 1994 was also the Director of Physiotherapy Services at St John of God Hospital Murdoch. Over a 10-year period Bruce’s clinical time was largely spent working with the orthopaedic surgeons at Murdoch to provide shoulder rehabilitation programs.


He has always said that he is never happier than when working with patients to help them return to a full and active life. As a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Bruce has always felt like a clinical detective – watching for clues in a patient’s story and their physical examination, and then coming to a diagnosis of a patient’s pain or dysfunction. He sees that return to normal and pain-free function is a partnership between the therapist and patient, with his role as both treating therapist and educator/coach.


Bruce has taught physiotherapy students and lectured to medical practitioners about shoulder rehabilitation. He has been involved in clinical research in his areas of special expertise – the management and treatment of shoulder problems and using shockwave therapy to treat painful conditions. He has also served on various state and national committees of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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