19 Dec 2017

Tennis Elbow – Do I Have it?

Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylagia is a particularly common elbow overuse injury which about forty percent of us will experience at some point in our lives. Surprisingly despite its name, only approximately five percent of all cases are attributed to playing tennis. In saying that fifty percent of all tennis players will experience some kind […]

5 Oct 2017

The Complications Of Cortisone Injections

Firstly what is a cortisone injection and how does it work? Cortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory drug which is injected into areas of inflammation and pain (commonly tendons and joint spaces). Cortisone works to reduce inflammation more quickly than other forms of medication or inflammation management strategies. Cortisone injections aren’t usually the first point of […]

25 Aug 2016

Do Your Shoulder Blades Wing?

Scapular winging is a sign of muscular dysfunction of the muscles around the shoulder blade resulting in the base of the shoulder blade protruding from your back in an abnormal position. This winging of the shoulder blade occurs when any of the three muscles that stabilize the shoulder blade are not working in.  This leads to […]

3 Jul 2016

What Are NSAIDs?

Did you know that in 2013, Australians spent approximately 629 million dollars on over-the-counter painkillers? What are NSAIDs? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are commonly used in the management of pain and inflammation associated with many musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. How do NSAIDs work? Prostaglandins are hormone-like chemicals in the body that contribute to inflammation, pain and […]

19 Nov 2015

What are PRP Injections?…Will They Fix My Injury?

What are PRP Injections? They was first developed in 1970s PRP is for ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma’ Therapy Blood usually contains 6% platelets, whereas PRP has a significantly increased platelet concentration. The platelet rich plasma contains several growth factors and healing factors, which are believed to help accelerate the healing process. Who is it used for? PRP […]

10 Jul 2015

Scheuermann’s Disease…”That Hunch In Your Back”

Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine, characterised by abnormal wedge shaped vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic spine). This sometimes leads to postural abnormality and excessive curvature, i.e. increased thoracic kyphosis or ‘hunch back’, of the thoracic spine. Less commonly, it can also be found in lower back (lumbar spine). These changes occur during […]

19 Dec 2014

Anti-Inflammatory Medication… Should or Shouldn’t I Take It?

As physios we quite often get asked this question. The short answer is – it depends on the type of injury. As a general rule I would say if you have JUST strained a muscle or a joint, such as the ankle or knee, and it is sore and swollen DON’T take anti-inflammatory medication. You […]

28 Aug 2014

Tennis Elbow – Not Just About Tennis

Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondylalgia is the most common overuse injury to the elbow. It is, ironically more common in non-tennis players. We see a lot of this in our Sydney CBD Physio clinic, especially in office workers who spend long periods using the mouse or typing. What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow involves the […]

7 Nov 2011

Lying Down And Back Pain

Arrgh!  So you bent over, and while trying to put on your shoes, you felt a twinge in your back.  Over the next twenty minutes it just gets worse, to the point where you know you’ve really hurt yourself. What should you do?  Try and ignore it, and suffer through work? Or ring in sick […]

1 Nov 2011

Heat Packs and Ice Cubes – Part 2

I started a discussion last week about the use of heat versus ice/cold, and presented the effects of ice (cryotherapy) and examples of when and when not to use it: (Heat Packs and Ice Cubes – Part 1).  Today I want to continue that discussion in regard to the application of heat – how it works, […]