The New Year Honours saw five physiotherapists picking up awards for their professional work, all of them members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).
Awards were given for services to physiotherapy, physiotherapy research, long-term conditions and voluntary service to sports.
Among those honoured was Dr Nicola Phillips, who gained an OBE for her research work on the rehabilitation of shoulder and knee injuries. She has also worked with the Wales team at the Commonwealth Games since 1986, fulfilling the role of chef de mission on the Gold Coast last year, as well as serving the British Olympic team.
The professor of sport and exercise physiotherapy at Cardiff University told Frontline magazine: "I am excited and honoured to have received this award for services to physiotherapy. I am passionate about my profession and the role physios play in helping people to get active and stay active; whether that is getting off the sofa or competing on a world stage."
Susie Durrell, a consultant physiotherapist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, gained an MBE for services to physiotherapy for her research on developing musculoskeletal treatments.
Victoria Dickens, a consultant physiotherapist and clinical director of orthopaedics at Salford Royal NHS Trust, also received an MBE for her musculoskeletal work.
Debbie Soave, a neurological physiotherapist from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, picked up an MBE for her service in treating those with long-term conditions.
Sue Crewe-Smith, a senior physiotherapist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, received her MBE both for services to physiotherapy and for voluntary service to amateur sports.
She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1987, but had begun work as a remedial gymnast in 1973. Her work in the area of sport included being a physiotherapist for the French Federation of Gymnastics and then with British Gymnastics.
Following this she worked at the Farnham Park sports injury centre and will be supporting the British Transplant Games, which take place in Newport later this year.
Written by Matthew Horton
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