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Stay injury free for the whole season – Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Assessment

Injuries in sport are often preventable if an athlete is screened using the Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and Assessment. Sports such as AFL, perform this assessment on their players on a weekly basis. This allows for impairments to be identified and managed prior to presenting themselves in the form of an injury, and long periods on the sidelines. Conditions such as osteitis pubis and hamstring strains are preventable if an athlete is screened and subsequently managed correctly. At WA Health Group, our physiotherapists will assess your musculoskeletal system using this assessment tool, with close questioning about previous and current injuries, and training volume followed by

“When should I start doing sit ups” – Poor core stability and low back pain may not be related…

Core stability – refers to the training and strengthening of abdominal muscles. It is the central message of Pilates and is commonly adopted in the fitness industry. However, this concept is gradually being revised with recent advances in technology and research. Emerging evidence suggests: Weak abdominal muscles will not lead to lower back pain Tensing / strengthening the abdominals muscles is unlikely to prevent the occurrence of lower back pain or reduce the recurrence of lower back pain Core stability exercises are no better than other forms of exercises in reducing chronic lower back pain. Any therapeutic influence is related to the exercise effects rather than stability issues Continuo

The 5 Most Essential Tips For Managing Pain

Tips for reducing pain by understanding it 1) Work out why are you in pain How did you hurt yourself? Knowing why you are feeling a painful sensation helps your body understand it better, reducing its severity. (A young child wakes up in excruciating pain in his ankle; his mother reminds him he hurt his ankle the previous day, his pain settles soon after) 2) Stop continually hurting yourself! Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself if given the right amount of time to rest. Work out what is aggravating your pain and stop doing it (A builder with left sided back pain continually wears his heavy tool bag on his left hip, reducing the weight in his bag fixes his back in 1 week) 3) Do

“Whats that coloured stuff?” – Kinesio Taping

Over the past few weeks, many of our patients have been asking us just this. The answer is: kinesiology taping. Kinesiology Taping uses a coloured tape with “stretchy” qualities to assist with decreasing swelling in acute injuries, and stimulate or inhibit muscle contractions depending on how it is applied. Kinesiology taping is used extensively in the sporting population, seen at the elite level in the NBA and Grand Slam Tennis, however can be used on all age groups and injuries. Kinesiology taping is also water proof so it ideal of swimming, triathlons and outdoor activities. At WA Health Group we stock Rocktape and K-Tape. We have been getting some very good results with using these on o

Concussion – the Scat Card

For AFL fans the latest Fyfe and Viney cases has highlighted the AFL’s response to minimise head injuries. Having being involved in contact sport both as a player and as a physiotherapist, it is always difficult to correctly manage a concussion. Often at local sporting events a medical doctor is not on hand and the responsibility often falls upon the sports physios, sports trainers, coaches and parents to manage a concussion correctly with player welfare in mind. With recent media coverage of long term implications of contact sport and its long term effects on brain function head it is imperative correct diagnosis is reached and subsequent medical management. Often opinions of players, coach

Shoulder Pain – Rotator Cuff Injuries

A common cause of shoulder pain is injury to the rotator cuff muscle. There are four rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder attaching from the shoulder blade to the top of the humerus. The rotator cuff muscles provide stability to the shoulder joint especially when lifting above head. There is a number of differing names for rotator cuff injuries, commonly called bursitis and tendinitis. Rotator cuff injures affect athletes and older adults alike. Due to large movement in the shoulder joint, the rotator cuff muscles are very susceptible to injury. Common causes of rotator cuff injury include un-accustomed overhead activity, degenerative changes in the muscle, instability of the shoulder joint,

Cartilage Injuries to Knees

A meniscus is commonly referred to as cartilage and is in many joints in the body not just the knee joint. The knee meniscus exists within the knee joint between the femur and tibia bones. This helps the knee handle load, tension and rotational forces. The outer 1/3 of the meniscus has a good blood supply, compared to the inner 2/3 which results in poorer healing and outcome if injured. Injury to meniscus fall into 2 groups: acute knee injury – for example following a sporting injury or trauma normally managed with physiotherapy, exercise, electrotherapy modalities, injections, medications and weight management. If pain persists surgery is often required especially for large tears; chronic

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