What We Treat

What We Treat

As modern practitioners of physiotherapy, we aim to keep things simple and to educate our clients on their ailments and how we can best treat them. Our experienced physiotherapists are experts in the assessment and treatment of back & neck pain, sports injuries and general muscle and joint discomfort.

Our prime location (Opposite the Whistling Kite) enables us to offer these services to not only Secret Harbour, but also the surrounding suburbs including Port Kennedy, Golden Bay and the greater Rockingham area.

To make it easy, here is a list of the most common conditions we treat and a simplified explanation of each. If you want to know more, we’re always glad to help.

Lumbo-Sacral (Low Back) Pain

This is the most common musculoskeletal complaint affecting Australians and refers to pain emanating from the muscles, joints, ligaments, discs or nerves in the low back and pelvis.

Neck Pain

When not correctly balanced, the neck can generate pain and discomfort. This may also manifest into muscle spasm, stiffness, nerve pain, dizziness, headaches and loss of range of motion.

Shoulder Pain

The most common cause of shoulder pain is injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the shoulder joints. Other causes include degenerative conditions (arthritis) and the ‘pinching’ of nerves.

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As many as 90% of adults have had or will have tension headaches. Tension headaches are more common among women than men and are most commonly caused by the contraction of the muscles that attach to the skull.

Ankle Sprains

Also known as ‘the rolled ankle’, ankle sprain refers to pain coming from damaged ligaments and tendons on the inside or, more commonly, the outside of the ankle.

Achilles Tendonitis

This is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which attaches our large calf muscles to our heel. Without it, we would not be able to rise onto our toes. Symptoms include pain and, stiffness when weightbearing, swelling, redness and sometimes ‘creaking’.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

This is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it travels through the wrist at the carpel tunnel. This can cause pain, numbness and tingling that can extend up the arm and into the shoulder, and into the forearm, wrist and hand.


Arthritis involves the inflammation of a joint (an area where two bones meet). Arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint pain.
There are many forms and causes of arthritis. These include family history, injury, metabolic and immune conditions and infections.

Hip Pain

Trauma is often the cause of hip pain, but any source of inflammation may cause pain in the hip area. Pain is one of the symptoms of inflammation along with swelling, warmth, and redness; together these are signs that a problem may exist.


An abnormal curvature of the spine that, in serious cases, can significantly hinder movement and coordination.

Knee Pain

With today’s increasingly active society, the number of knee problems is increasing. The knee is made up of a number of structures including bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bursae (fluid filled sacks). Knee pain has a wide variety of specific causes and treatments.


Sciatica refers to a pain affecting the back, hip and outer side of the leg. This is caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, which gives a specific  pain along the compressed nerves pathway.

Trigger Points

Trigger points are discrete, focused and irritable spots located in a taut band of muscle tissue. They produce pain locally or in a referred pattern, and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Muscle Tendinopathies

Injuries to the tendons (the tissue that connects muscles to bones) usually caused by twisting, jarring, and repetitive overuse.

Plantar Fasciitis

This refers to the inflammation of the meaty tissue on the bottom of the foot caused from a strain or from being flat-footed. It can be quite painful if not treated.

Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

Known as the “eye of the foot,” the Sinus Tarsi can become extremely sore in flat-footed individuals leading to stiffness and swelling over the outside of the ankle.

Glenoid Labrum Injuries

This is the technical name for the ring of cartilage that runs around the cavity of the scapula (wing bone) that can become irritated and inflamed by aggressive, or repetitive sharp motions.

Osteitus Pubis

This term describes an inflammation of the Pubic Symphysis (the area behind the groin where the pelvic bones meet) and surrounding tissues.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis players are not the only ones that suffer from tennis elbow. The repetitive nature of typing, using a screwdriver or a hammer may cause tennis elbow. The cause of the pain (and weakness) is repeated stress that creates tiny tears in the muscles attached on the outside of the elbow.


Whiplash can be caused by a car accident, a sports injury, a fall or even by being punched or shaken. The key symptom of whiplash is neck or upper back pain. The pain can start immediately or it can develop days, weeks, and sometimes even months after the incident.

Prolapsed Disc

This condition presents as a disc bulge that can then press on the spinal cord or nerves as they pass out from the spine. This pressure can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. This condition can develop gradually (following recurrent episodes of back strain) or suddenly (through strenuous actions such as lifting or twisting).

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injuries

The AC is the joint where the shoulder and collarbone meet. Often with injuries to this joint, one or more of the ligaments surrounding the joint will tear as well, which can lead to instability and separations.

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