Sprains and strains

A strain is the term used when a muscle is damaged or torn, commonly called a pulled muscle. A sprain is the term for tearing of a ligament or joint capsule. When excessive force is applied to a joint, the ligaments that hold the joint together may tear or partially tear. The ankle, knee and fingers …

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Whiplash

Whiplash is a very common injury that can affect anyone. Whiplash occurs most frequently during rear-end motor vehicle accidents. When the body is struck from behind, the neck sharply extends backwards then flexes forwards past its normal range of motion and with excessive force causing a whiplash. This injury can cause damage to muscles in …

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Sciatica

Sciatica is a common condition that causes pain to radiate in the buttocks and groin, down the back of the leg and into the foot. This pain is the result of compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve can be compressed by a herniated lumbar intervertebral disc or as a result of disc space …

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Posture correction

Good posture is not just good for your appearance; it affects your general health as well. Poor posture can contribute to back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, nerve impingement leading to upper and lower limb pain and weakness as well as fatigue, breathing difficulties, indigestion and sleep problems. Physiotherapists are very concerned about the posture …

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Neck pain and headaches

The common phrase “pain in the neck” has become a cliché because it is used so often to describe someone or something that is a constant irritation. However, neck pain and headaches are more than just irritating. They can be very painful. Physiotherapy is extremely effective in treating headaches which are often linked to dysfunction …

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Joint injuries

Joint injuries are among the most common problems experienced by physiotherapy patients. These injuries may result from trauma such as injury or wear and tear to the joint as in the case of arthritis. Patients may also seek physiotherapy following surgical procedures. Hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist, hand, ankle and spinal surgery are all common. …

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Injury prevention

Many people come to see us after they have suffered an injury, and we are happy to help them, but many of these injuries could have been prevented if they had come before they had the injury. A great part of the physiotherapy treatment protocol has to do with injury prevention. Depending on your lifestyle, …

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Flexibility

Decreased flexibility may be the result of ageing, illness, injury, post-surgery, a chronic physical condition or being overweight. Being able to move one’s joints through a complete range of motion is something that is too often taken for granted or ignored as a part of physical fitness. Usually, it’s only when something happens to deprive …

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Ergonomic consulting

Ergonomics deals with the design of the workplace to maximise productivity by reducing worker discomfort and fatigue. Because physiotherapists are knowledgeable in the areas of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, they are well equipped to perform ergonomic consulting in the workplace and the home. We can help you avoid loss of productivity by visiting your worksite …

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Core stability

A lot is being said lately about the core muscles and their role in improving athletic performance and preventing certain types of injury. However, there is some confusion about what muscles make up the “core”. The core muscles have been described as the corset of muscles that wrap around the abdomen and back. They are …

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