Have you ever wondered what the potential risk factors are for osteoporotic fracture? There are both intrinsic and extrinsic factors relating to the risk factors of osteoporosis. Genetics dictate the majority of your bone strength but there are modifiable lifestyle factors which contribute to your overall bone health including physical activity and dietary factors. If you are over 50 and are concerned about the above risk factors of osteoporosis please see your doctor for more information or a referral for…
Since the beginning of professional sport there has always been a push to have an edge over the competition, whether that be through types of training, specific diets or supplements. Over the last 5 years there has been a massive push in blood flow restriction in the big four American sports, which could have huge benefits for the Physiotherapy and rehab worlds. Blood flow restriction training involves putting a specialist cuff around a limb to REDUCE blood flow into the…
From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. As an alternative to prescribing codeine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has encouraged GPs to refer patients to physiotherapists. If you have been affected by these recent changes and would like to consider Physiotherapy to treat pain, please contact us. Useful resources Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA): The TGA’s codeine information hub includes a suite of factsheets, frequently asked questions and useful links for…
What is the effect of Osteoporosis in Australia? The increase in health care costs and rising pressure on the healthcare system associated with an aging population is of great concern , with chronic diseases being responsible for the greatest healthcare costs in the older population. Osteoporosis currently affects 1.2 million Australians , while a further 6.3 million Australians have osteopenia . In fact, approximately one in four women aged over 50 and one in two women aged over 80 are…
As some of my patients would be aware every now and then I disappear to work with the amazing Wheelchair tennis athletes as a Physiotherapist. These tournaments have included the Brisbane International, Apia Sydney International and the Melbourne open. I have also had the privilege of working with our Australian men’s open team here in Australia and in the Netherlands. Categories and Rules Within the sport there are 2 categories of athletes-the Quads and the Opens. Quads – have injuries…
Torticollis means “twisted neck”. If an infant is born with a torticollis it is referred to as a congenital torticollis. It is common in infants ~ 1 in 250 live births and can sometimes be from their position in the womb or a difficult delivery. What are the signs and symptoms? Infants with a true torticollis may present with palpable soft tissue lump/thickening in a sternocleidomastoid muscle (the muscles that connect the breast bone and collar bone to the skull)….
This article discusses rectus diastasis associated with pregnancy and stretching of the abdominal muscles and how to manage this condition with pelvic floor and transversus abdominus (core stability) strengthening.
In March Natali Zantvoort presented to Burleigh Heads staff about current physiotherapy in women’s health. Natali recently completed a 5 day intensive women’s health course in Sydney and spoke particularly to the physios about back and pelvic girdle (sacroiliac and pubic symphysis) pain during pregnancy. She discussed common findings with pregnancy related pain and gave tips to help accurate diagnosis of pain arising from the spine versus the pelvic girdle. Good diagnosis helps physios provide more effective treatment and also…
This article discusses the rotator cuff tear / strain of the shoulder, the symptoms and how to manage it.
This article discusses shin pain (shin splints) caused by medial tibial stress syndrome, stress fractures or compartment syndrome. We discuss treatment and management.