You are not your scan

MRI’s CT’s, ultrasound’s and X-rays are medical assessment tools which Physiotherapists, GP’s and other health practitioners use to assist in diagnosing a patient’s pain or complaint. They are useful tools to determine whether more serious treatments such as injections and surgery are warranted. What is very important to understand is that these scans are pictures […]

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition we often hear about from family, friends or co-workers. You commonly hear it feeling like shooting leg pain or a jolt down the leg. It’s normally given quite a serious undertone with a degree of fear attached to it. The question is: what is Sciatica and what can be done about […]

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Back pain is a common and often crippling problem that affects a vast majority of the population. Here are 3 simple rules to follow to help keep your back happy and minimise pain. Good sitting posture. Remembering to sit straight and keep your back in a good position can often be hard. By positioning your […]

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What you don’t know about headaches

Evidence shows that headaches reduce an individuals work capacity, social interaction and quality of life. However, many headache suffers do not seek, nor receive the treatment they need as they are unaware of the help available. What causes headaches? Headaches can present in various ways and behave differently for many reasons. Not all headaches are […]

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Reducing your risk of sports related injuries

Here are 4 tips to reduce your chances of injury while training or playing sport this year. Manage the load Load refers to the volume or intensity of the stress that we put on our body. Many sports injuries could be prevented by better controlling the load placed on our body. One of the biggest […]

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Achilles Tendinopathy

For many of us injuries tend to come on after being overworked throughout the Winter Sports season, with our bodies taking the toll for this increased exercise load and both new and niggling injuries coming into play. The next thing you know you are struggling to walk come Monday morning. Often practitioners will have patients […]

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3 things you need to know about pain

Working as health care professional, I see people in pain every day. Despite advances in medicine and science, pain levels continue to rise, with 1 in 5 Australians suffering from chronic pain. Poor education about it contributes to ongoing symptoms, so here are 3 things you need to know: Pain, tissue damage and pathology do […]

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Tendon troubles?

What is a tendon? A tendon is a band of fibrous connective tissue that connects a muscle to the bone. These structures are designed to withstand tensile loads, however if they are exposed to excessive loading or repetitive training with poor biomechanics, a tendinopathy may develop. What is a tendinopathy? A tendinopathy is a disruption to the normal […]

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5 things you didn’t know about back pain

1. Back pain is common and normal Eighty-five percent of people will experience an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime. Importantly, how we feel can influence the amount of pain we feel, stress, low mood, catastrophisation and worry influence back pain. 2. Scans are rarely needed Both practitioners and members of the public […]

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Non-surgical management of shoulder pain

Shoulder pain presentations are a common complaint in a clinical setting and some research suggests of the individuals that have new episodes of shoulder pain and that do not seek treatment: 70% will still have pain after 6 weeks. 50% will still have pain after 6 months. 40% will still have pain after one year. At OnePontHealth […]

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