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.
Physiotherapist Ceridwen Way delivered this presentation to the Miami Combined Probus Group at Mowbray Park Surf Life saving club on Tuesday 4th August 2015. The crowd were enthusiastic and joined into the post-speech exercise/stretching session with gusto. Hopefully, they are now all Moving better, Feeling better and Living better everyday! Fitness is for fun and fitness is for life. Let’s get fit! Exercise is important because : Being inactive has serious consequences Increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high…
Exercise is good for everyone. “Hooray!”, I hear you shout, “let’s get to it”. Exercise for Adults especially with many battling an increasingly sedentary lifestyle is a hot topic. Exercise is beneficial for your – bone strength muscle strength endurance balance mental health prevention of certain diseases ( eg type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers) skin and cardiovascular systems and much more Certain types of exercise are better for achieving certain goals. For the purpose of today’s article, I’m…
This article discusses the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis and its causes. It also discusses preventitive measures for osteoporosis to prevent loss of bone density leading to fracture and pain and deformity.