A physiotherapist can evaluate your condition and identify the source of your discomfort or dysfunction. Once evaluated, the therapist can develop a treatment program. Commencing treatment early can mean a quicker recovery with less time away from work or sport.
For the musculoskeletal system it is one of the best proven approaches for treatment of joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments.
This type of treatment is drug free and works by enhancing the body’s own healing mechanism to cure itself of symptoms such as pain, limited range of movement, reduction of muscle strength, poor balance, and restriction of normal daily activities.
What can your physiotherapist treat?
Back and Neck pain
We treat all types of back and neck pain including:
- Disc bulges or prolapses (slipped discs)
- Whiplash injury
- Muscle & ligament strains & sprains
- Spondylosis (osteoarthritis)
- Acute torticollis (wry neck)
- Facet joint problems
- Scoliosis & kyphosis
- Scheuermann’s disease
Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint that has many causes. Because we use our arms for so many common activities. It is a very flexible joint but unfortunately sacrifices stability for this.
Examples of shoulder disorders include:
- Frozen shoulder – a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether
- Rotator cuff disorders – the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable
- Shoulder instability – where the shoulder is unstable and has an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility)
- Acromioclavicular joint disorders – conditions that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder
Shoulder disorders are common. About 30% of adults are affected by these types of conditions at any one time. Frozen shoulder and rotator cuff disorders are most common in middle aged and older people. Shoulder instability and acromioclavicular joint disorders tend to affect younger people, particularly men who play certain sports. For example:
- Sports that involve repetitive shoulder movements, such as overarm bowling or throwing
- Contact sports, such as rugby, where you may injure or fall on your shoulder
Knee pain or symptoms
Common causes of knee pain we treat:
- Simple strain
- Anterior knee pain syndrome
- Damage to the menisci
- A painful fluid-filled swelling may develop at the back of the knee as a result of osteoarthritis – this is known as a Baker’s cyst, or popliteal cyst.
- Tendonitis – This condition is sometimes called “jumper’s knee”, as it can be brought on by jumping activities such as basketball or volleyball. The area may be swollen, red and warm.
- Housemaid’s knee
- Repetitive movement of the knee or kneeling for extended periods can cause a build-up of fluid over the knee joint, known as bursitis or “housemaid’s knee”.
- Torn ligament or tendon
- Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
- Gout and pseudogout
- Bone problems
- Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains, strains, tears, and ruptures
- Tendon & muscle repetitive strain, overuse, and tendinopathy
- Cartilage tears and wear
- Joints problems – arthritis, frozen shoulder, anterior knee pain
- Instability problems
- Muscle weakness and imbalance problems
- Balance & proprioception problems
- Pins & needles and numbness
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Which can also be referred to as repetitive stress injury is an umbrella term for several specific injuries. Specifically it is also defined as an occupational overuse syndrome that involves injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. This may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces), or sustained or awkward positions.
There has been a recent exacerbation of RSI cases with the advent of the computer into mainstream society. Types of RSI’s that affect computer users may include non-specific arm pain or work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD). Conditions such as RSI tend to be associated with both physical and psychosocial stressors.
A list of common repetitive strain injury categories are as follows:
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- DeQuervain’s syndrome
- Diffuse RSI
- Dupuytrens’s contracture
- Dystonia (Writer’s Cramp)
- Gamekeeper’s thumb
- Raynaud’s disease
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
Pre- and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation – hip and knee replacements, other joint replacements, pre and post arthroscopy, ACL reconstructions, scar tissue treatment
Arthritic pain – hip, knee, back, neck, thumb, fingers, and other joints
Headaches and stress related pain – cervicogenic, tension
Tendonitis / tendinopathy – achilles, patella, rotator cuff, tennis & golfer’s elbow
Pins and needles – pins and needles
Neurological Conditions – stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathies, balance problems
Respiratory Conditions – asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
Other Conditions – frozen shoulder, impingement syndrome, movie goer’s knee, runners’ knee, housemaids’ knee, trochanteric bursitis.