Are you losing confidence walking on uneven surfaces, or feeling unsteady in the shower? Did you know one of more older Australians living in the community aged 65 and up fall one or more times every year? There is an increased tendency to fall with advancing age as strength is lost, normal walking gait is changed, and the body’s balance system becomes dulled and slower to respond to sudden movements. Minor injuries are most common but unfortunately there is risk…
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…
It is not usually until you have to have an x-ray that you may find you have an extra bone in your skeletal make-up of your feet. Although sometimes you may notice that your foot has a mysterious bump that other friends and family do not have. Do not freak out!!! Breathe! It is a normal variation! Accessory bones or Ossicles of the foot are a normal variation that can present as both symptomatic and asymptomatic. There are normally only…
Back pain during pregnancy is extremely common and usually nothing to worry about. It can occur at almost any stage of your pregnancy. At Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy we have a pregnancy table on which you can lie facedown throughout your entire pregnancy. The level of pain can vary from woman to woman and I find my patients often experience increased symptoms in subsequent pregnancies. In cases where pain is severe and has not responded to a pregnancy massage we have…
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…
In April our physiotherapy team attended a presentation from two leading orthopaedic surgeons– Dr Vertullo from the Knee Surgery Clinic and Dr Hammond from the Shoulder Clinic at the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre on the Gold Coast. This is an annual event with the aim of keeping Physios updated on the most up to date surgical advances and treatment options in those specific fields. Dr Vertullo discussed in detail the” new” knee ligament (the anterior lateral ligament) that is…
This article discusses the rotator cuff tear / strain of the shoulder, the symptoms and how to manage it.