Category: Rehabilitation

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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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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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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Menopause & Urinary Dysfunction

Menopause is an inevitable part of a woman’s life.  It occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and marks the end of the reproductive phase. The progressive decline in ovarian activity causes an array of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and irritability.  At this time in a woman’s life she may […]

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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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The Importance of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise has long been recognised as an important treatment approach for Parkinson’s disease. A growing body of evidence shows that exercise can also help re-wire the brain and have a neuro-protective response. This means the right kind of exercise may not only improve overall physical function; it may also have an effect on disease progression […]

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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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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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