Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injured or damaged muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. This includes spinal treatment of the neck and back.
From a sprained ankle to headaches a physiotherapist can help relieve your pain and prevent the injury or condition from reoccuring.
Physiotherapists can refer you for a variety of scans including X-rays, CT scans, Ultrasounds and MRI scans. Physiotherapists may refer you for further investigations to help establish a diagnosis and direct the most effective plan of treatment.
DRY NEEDLING vs INTEGRATIVE ACUPUNCTURE
Dry needling is a technique to release muscle tissues and fascia to decrease pain and tension.
Integrative acupuncture is derived from traditional chinese medicine. Treatment considers not only the muscles and tissues of the body but general wellbeing, mood, appetite and sleep patterns. A holistic approach to treatment of the mind and body can help in many cases especially when the body is not responding to heal an injury or improve a condition.
REHABILITATION AFTER SURGERY
Post surgery or arthroscope rehabilitation is vital. We work together with your surgeon to maximise recovery and outcomes. Common post operative rehabilitation include;
- Total knee replacement
- Shoulder surgery
- ACL reconstruction
- Spinal surgery e.g. neck & back
- Ankle reconstruction
An assessment prior to your surgery is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the early rehabilitation exercises and strengthen prior to your operation
Rehabilitation after surgery- X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI referrals
- Sarah Key Accredited Practitiioners for treatment of spinal pain.
- Vertigo (B.P.P.V) treatment
- Real Time Ultrasound Retraining
- Women's Health - pelvic floor retraining, incontinence
- Lymphoedema treatment - Manual Lymphatic Limb Drainage, Bandaging, Limb Measurement, Garment prescription.
- Kinesio taping and brace prescription
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY AND WHY DO I NEED IT?
Physiotherapists are university trained health professionals that aim to improve your pain or injury through treatment of the bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments and joints. After a detailed assessment, your physiotherapist will give hands-on treatment and an exercise program just for you, to help you take control of your symptoms to allow for safe movement and help you return to the activities that are most important to you.
Your physio will also provide you with a range of self-management tools so that you can prevent flare ups in pain or manage your injury in the future.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST PHYSIOTHERAPY APPOINTMENT?
Your first appointment with one of our physiotherapists will involve a discussion regarding your condition and a physical examination. This discussion will help our physios determine which areas are to be examined and to determine what your current goals for physiotherapy are, whether it be reducing your pain or increasing movement.
The physical examination can consist of tests of the muscles and nerves, movement and posture assessment, and palpation of the area involved. Depending on the areas involved, some examinations may require you to remove certain items of clothing, however our physiotherapists will cover you with towels accordingly.
Your physiotherapist will often discuss a treatment plan with you in this first session as you will likely require more than one visit as most injuries take a few weeks to treat and heal.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE PROBLEM?
The time slot usually allows us to assess and treat only one area. If the areas of pain are directly related (e.g. back pain with referred buttock and leg pain, or neck and shoulder blade with arm pain), they can usually be treated in the standard 30 minute session.
If you have more than one injury or area of concern that you would like assessed and treated, we suggest booking an extended 1 hour consultation with your physiotherapist. This allows for more time for a thorough assessment and treatment of both areas and will result in better outcomes for the affected areas.
CAN I ASK FOR CERTAIN TREATMENTS TO BE DONE?
Of course! If you have had physiotherapy in the past and you have felt a certain technique, such as dry needling, has improved your pain, please let us know.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND WEAR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
If you have a referral from your doctor, any scans (X-rays, MRI’s, ultrasounds etc.) or any important information related to your complaint/injury, please bring these to your appointment.
For Workcover or CTP claims. bring details of your claim number, insurance company details, employer details and other relevant paperwork.
Please bring or wear clothing suitable for easy examination of the area of your body to be assessed. For assessments of the hip, knee or ankle, shorts are appropriate. For back, neck or shoulder examinations ladies might prefer to bring or wear a singlet top or suitable bra.
CAN THE PHYSIO ORDER X-RAYS AND OTHER SCANS?
Yes. Physiotherapists can refer you for a variety of scans including X-rays, CT scans, Ultrasounds and MRI scans. Physiotherapists may refer you for further investigations to help establish a diagnosis and direct the most effective plan of treatment.
DVA ( Department of Veterans Affair - Gold & White Card Holders) clients are welcome, all you will require is a referral from your GP.
Work Cover clients are welcome, all you will require is a current medical certificate from your treating doctor, claim number and you should have recieved a message from your case manager to let you know that the claim is open and accepted.
EPC Plan clients are welcome (up to 5 Medicare rebated physiotherapy sessions per calendar year)
Physiotherapists are able to order X-ray's, Ultrasound and MRI's as required to further investigate your condition.
Private clients do not require a referral. Home visits available upon request.