Osteoarthritis – A common chronic condition but manageable

Osteoarthritis affects 2.2 million Australians. The condition costs our health system $2.1 billion per year.   People with osteoarthritis are frequently provided misinformation via friends, family, social media and other health professionals. Exposure to misinformation changes the decisions people make in relation to their health care and it is our responsibility as physiotherapists to address […]

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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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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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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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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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6 ways to stay injury free this spring

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching, meaning motivation and activity levels are peaking! Here are 6 ways to stay injury free training this spring getting ready for that summer body. 1. Strength training Strength training helps to increase tissue tolerance and endurance through loading. In recent studies strength exercises have shown a tendency toward reducing injury rates. […]

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