Category: Physiotherapy

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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Stress Fractures: How Physiotherapy Can Help You Return to Running

Stress fractures, or bone stress injuries, are common in runners.  They are especially common in athletes training for long distances, such as marathons and ultramarathons.  Symptoms often start as a dull ache that can resolve or reduce during a run. But overtime symptoms tend to get progressively worse, sometimes resulting in an inability to continue […]

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The Importance of Strength & Flexibility in the Sport of Rowing

We are currently in the off season for rowing. If you are an athlete, now is the perfect time to work on strength and flexibility to help you in the upcoming rowing season. If you are a coach, it is time to start thinking about implementing these principles at your club or school. It is […]

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Why Your Neck Might Feel Unappreciated

Have you ever had a job where you felt unappreciated?  And it wasn’t until you stopped doing the job that people noticed how good you were at it?  Our body has many structures and organs that feel the same way.  They work tirelessly every second of the day, and we don’t appreciate what they do […]

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Should We Worry About Lifting Technique?

The importance of ‘lift with your legs, not your back’ in preventing back pain has recently been questioned.  The conventional wisdom is that we mustn’t stoop to lift heavy objects.  Instead, in order to avoid injury we should squat and lift with our legs, not our backs. Paul Ingram, a Physical Therapist from Vancouver, Canada, […]

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Understanding & Managing Persistent Pain

Everyone agrees that pain is a universal human experience. We also know that pain is produced by the brain. This includes all pain whether sharp, dull, strong or mild, and no matter how long you’ve had it. This article discusses persistent, or chronic, pain and provides strategies on how to manage it. If you have […]

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Incidental Exercise: A Healthy Habit that Can Improve Your Pain

We all know exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The latest guidelines suggest we should be accumulating 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise, or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous intensity exercise a week. However our habits throughout the rest of the day might be undoing this hard work. […]

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How Specific Warm Ups Can Help You Stay Injury Free

In an ideal world, we would want to perform at our best and be injury free at all times. However, hard training and ultimate performance brings with it an increased risk of injury. It’s also no coincidence that if a team can keep its players on the field/court, or if an athlete can participate in […]

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Have You Trained Enough to Safely Return to Playing Sport?

The biggest risk factor for acquiring an injury during sport is having previously had that injury whilst playing. This is the same for any muscle/tendon/ligament/bone injuries. For example, having rolled an ankle playing basketball makes you significantly more likely to roll it again when playing basketball. Another common example is the runner who experiences pain […]

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