If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 4 million people or 1 in 6 Australians reported back pain in 2017-18. Your spine includes your neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine), lower back (lumbar spine) as well as your sacrum and tailbone (coccyx). Back problems are extremely common and can have many causes relating to the bones, nerves, joints, connective tissues and muscles of the back.
Physiotherapy is considered one of the most effective ways to relieve back pain. Your physiotherapist at Pillar Health Malvern East can assist with:
- Traumatic spinal injuries for eg from a fall or a motor vehicle accident.
- Episodes of back pain that arise for no apparent reason.
- Chronic back pain.
- Disc injuries.
- Stiffness or reduced mobility.
- Sciatica – Pain originating in the spine that radiates down the leg. Often accompanied by tingling, numbness or weakness.
- Post-operative rehabilitation.
- Overuse injuries.
- Back pain at work.
- Lifestyle back pain aggravated by activities such as housekeeping and gardening.
Physiotherapy treatment of back pain is aimed at restoring pain-free movement and may include specific exercise intervention, mobilisation of the joints, soft tissue therapy, pain management strategies and advice to help get you back to health.
Your shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) is one of the most unstable joints in your body! Its instability allows for a wide range of movement and makes the job of the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the joint so important. Shoulder pain may occur suddenly or gradually and the intensity of your symptoms can vary greatly.
Pillar Health Malvern East physiotherapists are well trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain. Some of the conditions of the shoulder that physiotherapy can treat include:
- Shoulder Bursitis
- Muscle tears
- Sports injuries
- Instability, dislocation and subluxation
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Overuse injuries
- SLAP Lesion’s
If you have shoulder pain, or would like to maintain good, pain free shoulder function speak with a Pillar Health Physiotherapist’s about how they can help you.
Sports injuries don’t discriminate. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, chances are you have experienced some degree of an injury from participating in your chosen sport or exercise. Physiotherapists are highly trained to assess, accurately diagnose and manage the rehabilitation of sports injuries to get you back to health. Following a sports injury, your physiotherapist will work with you to reduce pain and inflammation, regain movement, prevent muscle wasting, plan a gradual return to sport and importantly implement strategies to prevent further injuries.
Some of the sports injuries that effective physiotherapy can treat include:
- Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- ACL strain or rupture
- Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
- Plantar Heel Pain
- Muscle strains
- Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Patellofemoral Pain
If you have a sports injury, waste no time in checking in with a Pillar Health Physiotherapist so you can return to your chosen sport in the shortest and safest time possible.
Neck pain can be a real pain in the….. neck. Luckily, in the majority of cases, it is a complaint that many physiotherapists can treat. The neck is made up of a complex network of nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and blood vessels. The muscles are constantly working to hold the weight of the head and because of this, the neck is commonly a stress point. There are many causes of neck pain and symptoms can vary greatly. Some of these symptoms include:
- Sharp or dull pain in the neck, shoulder, upper back and down the arm
- Numbness and/or tingling into the arm and into the hand.
- Reduced range of movement in the neck and shoulders.
The Pillar Health physiotherapist team combine various treatment methods to manage neck pain, including:
- Mobilisation of the joints in the neck (cervical spine)
- Muscle stretching
- Soft tissue therapy
- Dry Needling
- Strengthening exercise
- Postural correction
If you are experiencing neck pain, Pillar Health physiotherapy treatment is here to help you return to health.
Post Operative Management
Physiotherapy following surgery is a crucial part of your recovery process. Pillar Health’s physiotherapy team is experienced at providing outpatient rehabilitation following a variety of different surgeries. A good post-operative physiotherapy program will allow for quicker recovery time and significantly improve quality of life and functional outcomes.
Common surgeries for which you can expect physiotherapy treatment include:
- Orthopaedic Surgery: knee/hip replacement, ACL reconstruction, Meniscal repair, knee/hip arthroscopy, Rotator cuff repair etc.
- Spinal surgery: spinal fusions, disc repairs etc
- Abdominal and thoracic surgery.
The physiotherapy team at Pillar Health want to get you back to full health and doing what you love as quickly as possible. It is likely that your treatment will incorporate goal orientated exercise prescription, soft tissue therapy and hands-on mobilisation. You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist after your surgery but any information regarding your surgery is helpful and we ask that you bring that with you to your appointment.