Naila Edries




  • MSc (Physiotherapy) UCT 2010: Thesis titled “Effects of an Employee Wellness Programme on Clothing/Textile Manufacturing Employees”
  • BSc (Physiotherapy) UCT 2003
  • PG Diploma (Interdisciplinary Pain management) UCT 2017


Naila Edries-Khan joined the University of Cape Town in 2008 as a clinical educator. Prior to that Naila gained clinical experience by working at various Dept of Health hospitals in the Cape Metropolitan region. This clinical experience was in various settings which included  orthopeadics, neuromusculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurology. In addition to her employment at UCT, Naila also manages her own private physiotherapy practice which sees predominantly clients with musculoskeletal and orthopeadic type conditions/injuries. In 2019, Naila became a full time academic at UCT when she was appointed as a lecturer within the Physiotherapy Division.  Naila is passionate about physiotherapy, research and assisting students with developing good clinical reasoning skills.

Teaching Areas

Within the Physiotherapy Division, Naila teaches across years 1-4 of the UG programme. Her teaching areas include exercise prescription, musculoskeletal injuries/conditions, ergonomics, woman’s health and communication skills to facilitate behaviour change.

Research areas:

  • Pain and musculoskeletal/orthopedic injuries/conditions (especially occupation related)
  • Exercise and behaviour change interventions
  • Woman’s Health (ante & post-natal care)

Professional memberships:

South African Society of Physiotherapy




M. Saw, T. Kruger-Jakins, N. Edries, R. Parker (2016) “Significant improvements in pain after a six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention, in patients with osteoarthritis awaiting arthroplasty, in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 12/2016; 17(1). DOI:10.1186/s12891-016-1088-6

T. Kruger-Jakins, M. Saw, N. Edries, R. Parker (2016) “The development of an intervention to manage pain in people with late-stage osteoarthritis” South African Journal of Physiotherapy 72(1),a311.  

Edries N, Jelsma J, Maart S (2013): The impact of an employee wellness programme in clothing/textile manufacturing companies; a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health.  BMC Public Health. 11;13(1):25. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-25