Category: Injury Management

To Scan or Not to Scan? That is the Question.

Should I get a scan? This is a common question we hear at Physiotas.  And it’s a question that doesn’t always have a simple answer.  To understand why clinicians would or wouldn’t recommend getting scans/investigations/imaging, we need to look a bit deeper at the research and information available. Firstly, what is medical imaging? Medical imaging […]

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The Importance of Recovery Following Exercise and Competition

You may have seen athletes at international athletic events, or even at a community level, undertake different methods to help their body recover for the next round of competition. This could include what they eat/drink, what they do to cool down and even what they wear post the event. You may be wondering what it’s […]

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Why It’s Important to Ask Your Physiotherapist Questions

As physiotherapists we interact daily with people wanting help for their pain or injury. As physiotherapists it’s also important for us to remember that many of these people have difficulty understanding why they are at this point in their lives, and what they need to do to get better. This is why we always encourage […]

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Spring is here! How to garden & clean without ending up on your back.

It’s that time of the year again.  With spring upon us we become enthusiastic and spend hours in the garden, or start cleaning our house from top to toe.  But all too often this sudden burst of activity causes back pain, or soreness in our body.  Is it possible to do these tasks without needing […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Should You Take It After An Injury?

A question physiotherapists hear often is, “Should I take anti-inflammatories to help my injury heal?”  In order to answer this, it is helpful to understand more about the inflammatory process. When we injure a tissue in the body (whether it be bone, muscle, ligament or tendon), it sets off the inflammatory process.  The blood vessels […]

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Jaw Pain: What Causes It & How Physiotherapy Can Help

The Temporomandibular Joint (also known as the jaw joint) is a complex little joint, and when painful it can affect two of the most important human functions – eating and speaking. If you suffer from jaw problems, you are not alone. Over 2.5 million Australians suffer from jaw pain or dysfunction. The first port of […]

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Why Hip Strength is Important in Runners

Hip strength is one of the most important muscle groups in preventing and rehabilitating running injuries. Assessing for weakness is often forgotten but is important in many types of lower leg injuries, whether it be knee, foot and/or around the ankle. Adequate strength, activation and endurance of these muscles are required to allow optimisation of biomechanics […]

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Looking After Your Shoulder In The Gym

Shoulder strength is often neglected and not always adequately restored after an injury. Consequently, shoulder injuries commonly recur. In fact, 40-50% of people with an episode of shoulder pain will report a recurrence within 12 months. Why? The main reason is that we just aren’t strong enough. So when we are strengthening, how can we […]

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Finger Injuries in Sport

Finger and thumb injuries are common in ball sports such as football, netball and basketball. Injuries can vary from a joint sprain to a fracture, which may require treatment such as bracing, splinting or even surgery. Not all finger injuries require time off sport. Assessment, diagnosis and appropriate management is important to avoid long term […]

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Why to Not Just ‘Get Orthotics’ for Your Foot Problem!

Foot pain can be relatively common (see below). People with foot pain, flat feet, or other foot issues often end up with orthotics to support their feet. https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/AQiw2ykox8PJjju25qrWO2b313vCpNhd67PfuggqbcCVbU_I3i_SKME/ https://www.balancepodiatry.com.au/our-services/custom-foot-orthotics/ There is often some benefit in seeing a podiatrist, or another foot experience therapist, for orthotics.  However this may not always be your best OR only […]

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