Treatment areas of specialisation

Spinal Pain

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly. The goals of physiotherapy are to decrease back pain, increase function and teach the patient a maintenance program to prevent future back problems.

Musculoskeletal and Sporting Injuries

The term “sports injury,” refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm-up and stretching. The Physiotherapist can develop a rehabilitation program to help you recovery from your injury and prevent further injury.

Overuse Injuries

An overuse injury is any type of muscle or joint injury, such as tendinitis or a stress fracture, that’s caused by repetitive trauma and typically stems from training errors or technique errors. It is helpful to talk to a Physiotherapist who can offer advice to make physical activity safer for you. By working with your Physiotherapist, listening to your body and pacing yourself, you can avoid this common setback and safely increase your activity level.

Ergonomics and Posture

The key to good posture is training your body to sit, stand and walk in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during weight-bearing activities. Physiotherapists can help to facilitate normal alignment through stretching of joint and muscle tissue and also design exercise programs for you to work on any weak areas you may have.

Training for Specific Events

The Physiotherapist can build training programs to help you prepare for specific events whether you are returning from injury or simply unsure how to train up to that level. Training programs are devised specifically for you and your needs, keeping in mind the goals that have been set for you to meet.

Rehabilitation

A key part of rehabilitation is a graduated exercise program designed to return the effected body part to a normal level of function. The Physiotherapist will begin with developing mobilization which starts with gentle range-of-motion exercises and then moves on to stretching and strengthening exercise when you can without increasing pain.

Degenerative Injuries

Degeneration is a condition characterized by gradual wear and tear to the discs, joints and bones particularly of the spine that typically occurs in older patients. Physiotherapy treatment for patients with degenerative injuries is important to assist with pain relief, improve flexibility and strength, and to ensure an optimal outcome.

Arthritis

There are over 100 different arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints. Living with arthritis can vary from person to person and treatment options differ for every type of arthritis. Staying active is key to maintaining muscle strength, joint flexibility and managing your pain. A Physiotherapist can design an individual program for you.

Women’s Health

Many women experience health problems during their lifetime ranging from incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation. There is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms. Your physical assessment may begin with examination of your abdominal muscles, pelvis and lumbar spine in the hope of significantly improving quality of life.