Patellar Tendinopathy

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Tendinopathy – also called tendonitis or RSI – can be a very painful and disabling condition. It can happen around any tendon in the body, such as around the knees…

Back pain facts EVERYONE should know!

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Back pain (or any pain!) can be really scary and really painful. Whether you’ve done something seemingly innocuous, done a little more than normal or have had your pain for…

Osteoporosis and Physical Activity

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How often do you talk to your doctor or physiotherapist about physical activity and exercise? If there was a pill that had all the benefits of exercise, it would be…

Shin splints – A runner’s dilemma!

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Anyone who’s ever had shin splints can tell you how disabling it can feel, especially when they were training for a big marathon or event. They are pretty common too,…

Bending Over Backwards!

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Is it safe to bend your back? Is it safe to use your back to lift? Should you keep your back straight and not bend at all? Yes, Yes and No. A lot of the time we get asked, is it safe to bend your back and use it to help your lifting? The answer…

***SOUTH PERTH PHYSIO CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOURS***

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Saturday 22 December 8am – 12pm Monday 24 December 8am – 7pm Tuesday 25 December CLOSED Wednesday 26 December CLOSED Thursday 27 December 8am – 7pm Friday 28 December 8am – 7pm Saturday 29 December 8am – 12pm Monday 31 December 8am – 7pm Tuesday 1 January CLOSED Wednesday 2 January 8am – 7pm

To breathe or not to breathe…

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STRESSED? So we gave our Over 55s Strength and Conditioning class a quick quiz today. We asked them, “Where are three regions of the body that tend to hold the most stress?”, to which they correctly answered, “Neck, shoulders and jaw”. A very intelligent lady then said, “And they’re all associated with dysfunctional breathing!”. This…

I WEAR. DO YOU?

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I WEAR. DO YOU? Do you want to build a snowman?  Whilst scaling Mt Everest with a child strapped to your back?  Well, now, you can!  In fact, you can…

How to choose your bed

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Getting the right bed can be a stressful purchase. Waking at 3am with discomfort after spending sometimes thousands on a bed and mattress can be frustrating and annoying. Check the returns policy when buying a bed, though the hassle of getting it back to the store is not fun. So, how do you make the…

Vertigo – Can a physiotherapist help?

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90% of people who present to a physiotherapist complain of pain as their primary symptom. Not many people think to present to physiotherapy for their dizziness and even then, is physiotherapy warranted for the dizziness they are experiencing? Dizziness accounts for an estimated five percent of primary care clinic visits and can be very difficult…

I-Phone Neck

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Only in the last few years has “i-phone neck” or “text neck” been considered a diagnosis for neck and spinal pain originating from too much time spent in a prolonged, poor posture, staring into the luminous screen of a smart phone. I would probably say 80% of a typical day involves attending to postural spinal…

Is it actually shin splints?

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If patients present to a physiotherapy clinic with pain or other unpleasant symptoms anywhere between the knee and the ankle, their self-diagnosis is more often than not, “shin splints”. We have all heard the term but how many of us actually understand what it is or in fact, if it’s what they actually have? This…

Sit-ups are NOT your core!

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Who wants to put back pain behind them? (Pardon the pun..) Current statistics show that over 80% of you will get some form of lower back pain throughout life. In any given day, I would say over 80% of my caseload comprises lower back pain, plus or minus additional pathologies. These can be acute presentations,…

The Biomechanics of Runner’s Knee

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A patient came into the clinic the other day with a year’s history of bilateral knee pain from increasing her running training both in distance and frequency. As always, I ask what eases a condition and she replied with – “bum exercises” She proceeded to show me what she did. The patient had been shown…

Over 55s strength classes at SPP!

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(photo courtesy of Randy Glasbergen 2003) South Perth Physiotherapy is now offering strength based circuit classes for over 55s! Aging is associated with a number of physiologic and functional declines that can contribute to increased disability, frailty, and falls. Current research has demonstrated that strength-training exercises have the ability to combat weakness and frailty and…