Category: Joint Problems

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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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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The Rehabilitation Process Following Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There are two reasons people undergo shoulder replacement surgery.  The first is to reduce long term pain.  The second is to improve movement or function with daily activities and hobbies. This article describes the different types of shoulder replacement surgery, and the rehabilitation process that follows. The shoulder is a shallow ball and socket joint, […]

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The Role of Physiotherapy in the Management of Psoriatic Arthritis

This article describes the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, which affects 3% of the population, and the role of physiotherapy in its management.  Psoriatic arthritis is a disease that remains undiagnosed in many people, leading to unnecessary suffering. Psoriatic Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can affect people at any age. The condition may […]

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Shoulder Pain in Swimmers

Are you are swimmer with shoulder pain? If so, you’re not alone. The shoulder is the most commonly injured body part resulting from swimming, with reports of shoulder injury rates up to 91% in competitive swimmers. Why the shoulder? In swimming there is a high volume of repetitive overhead movements (more than any other overhead […]

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The Benefits of Hydrotherapy & How It Can Help Your Rehabilitation

Physiotherapists often use hydrotherapy (or exercising in water) to assist in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems. This article discusses the benefits of hydrotherapy and how it can help you. The obvious benefit of hydrotherapy is the reduced effect of gravity on your body. When you stand in waist deep water you are only supporting 50% […]

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An Exercise Program Can Help You Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery

Do you have knee or hip osteoarthritis?  Have you been told you may need surgery?  The good news is there may be an easier and more cost effective option. What is Osteoarthritis and do I have it? Our joints are lined with cartilage. Cartilage is a smooth, rubbery type of tissue that covers the end […]

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Noisy Joints: Do the Noises Mean Something Bad?

Do your knees creak? Does your neck crack? Do your ankles, wrists or hips click? Have you ever wondered if you need to see a Physiotherapist about these noises? Or are noisy joints better ignored? The good news is that in most cases, as long as there are no other symptoms, you don’t need to […]

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