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 expert 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. And 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.
When not properly aligned, the neck can generate pain. This may also manifest into muscle spasm, stiffness, nerve pain, dizziness, headaches and loss of range of motion.
The most common cause of shoulder pain is injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the shoulder region. Other causes include degenerative conditions (arthritis) and the ‘pinching’ of nerves.
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 likely caused by the contraction of the muscles that cover the skull.
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.
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.
This is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of the lower leg from the back of the knee to the heel. Without it we would not be able to raise our heels of the ground. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, redness and ‘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 may cause pain, numbness and tingling that can extend right up the arm leading to discomfort to the shoulder and forearm.
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.
An abnormal curvature of the spine that, in serious cases, can significantly hinder movement and coordination.
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 signals that a problem may exist.
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.
PROLAPSED (SLIPPED) 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).
Sciatica refers to a pain affecting the back, hip or outer side of the leg. This is caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back.
Trigger points are discrete, focused and irritable spots located in a taut band of muscle. They produce pain locally, or, in a referred pattern, and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
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.
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.
Injuries to the tendons (the tissue that connects muscles to bones) usually caused by twisting or jarring.
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.
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.
This term describes an inflammation of the Pubic Symphysis (the area behind the groin where the pelvic bones meet) and surrounding tissues.