21 Aug 2018

Free Weights Versus Machine Weights

As a Physio I’m often asked which one is better: free weights or machine weights? The answer invariably depends on your fitness goals and your level of gym experience. However, with a few caveats, I would say that free weights trumps machine weights overall. Here’s why. For the majority of people, the three main advantages […]

21 Jun 2018

Morton’s Neuroma

Feel like you have a stone in your shoe? It could be Morton’s Neuroma. What is Morton’s Neuroma? Are you experiencing pain under your foot? Does it feel like you are walking on a stone? If so this is what Morton’s neuroma can feel like. A neuroma is typically a benign tumour of a nerve. […]

30 May 2018

Why Do I Keep Spraining My Ankle?

With every new netball and soccer season comes new, or quite often old, injuries. Lateral ankle sprains (a sprain to the outside of the ankle) are one of the most common injuries, accounting for up to 40% of sporting injuries. Lateral ankle sprains are also notorious for recurrence, with up to 70% of people having […]

11 May 2018

When Should I Worry About My Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain can be a really frustrating condition that can range from a mild niggle to 10/10 pain. There are many causes of lower back pain, and it can be hard to tell when it’s ‘serious’ and when it’s not. The simple answer to whether your back pain is serious is – if in […]

3 May 2018

Lisfranc Injury

Lisfranc joint refers to the articulation of the tarsal bones to the metatarsals forming the tarsometatarsal joints of the midfoot. It was named after Jacques Lisfranc de St Martin, a French surgeon with in Napoleon’s army. He described amputation through the metatarsal joints as a swift solution to gangrene that occurred when soldiers fell off […]

2 May 2018

Four Ways To Manage Knee Osteoarthritis

About 2.1 million Australians are estimated to have Osteoarthritis with a higher prevalence in females. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but the most common are the knees, hips, fingers and the big toe. Knee osteoarthritis affects the hinge joint where our thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) meet to form our knee. This seemingly […]

20 Apr 2018

Weight Gain And Knee Pain – A ‘Big’ Link

Over the last decade Australia’s health has continued to worsen and burden our economy and health care system. In 2014/15 almost 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children (aged 2-17) were overweight or obese in Australia. In 2011, 5 % of the burden of disease was attributed to individuals being overweight and obese. […]

18 Apr 2018

Wear And Tear Of Your Joints

Wear and tear, also often known as Osteoarthritis or degeneration, is a very common condition affecting the joints. The bones that form our joints are covered in a smooth tissue called cartilage. When a joint develops arthritis, this cartilage becomes thinner and its surface roughened. The bone underneath this cartilage becomes thicker and the bone […]

14 Feb 2018

Ocean Swimming Warm-Up

Despite the increasing temperature of the ocean at this time of the year, it is still hard not to get a shock every time you plunge into the sea. Unlike swimming in a pool, it is more difficult to do a few lengths to warm-up when you swim in the ocean, especially when you hit […]

9 Feb 2018

Imaging Explained Part Two: MRI And Ultrasound scans

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) An MRI scan is a non-invasive scan that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to create images of your tissues. During the scan you will be asked to lie on a moveable table that will slowly pass through the donut shaped scanner to image certain areas of the body. The […]