No more RICE, call the POLICE!!

Physios love our acronyms, from ACL to VBI and every letter in between (unfortunately no acronyms begin with 'Z') we have acronyms for everything. The most well known of these is one thrown around in every sporting field in the country.....RICE. ). It's easy,  every coach, player or parents knows; Rest, get the ICE, COMPRESS the area, and ELEVATE! That's the correct thing to do right? RIGHT?  As soon as someone goes down with a sprain or strain "QUICK, get the ice" (as though ice has magical hea...
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Ankle Sprains

Hey I rolled my ankle..... It's Achilling me Poor jokes aside, it's an injury we treat all the time...The dreaded ankle sprain. Almost everyone who's played sport has felt the sting of an ankle sprain (70% of the entire population will have at least one in their lifetime!), especially those in jumping & landing sports. It's not surprising that it's one of the most one of the most common injuries we see at Rozelle Physiotherapy. We've heard all the weird and wonderful ways people have manage...
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Do you even lift?

Do you even lift? Whether you're a powerlifter, manual labourer or a new mum, I'm betting you probably need to lift things every day. "Keep your back straight", "use your legs", "bend your knees" are phrases we hear all the time as conventional wisdom (unfortunately, from many physios too). Conventional wisdom is not always the 'wisest' of advice it seems, especially when it comes to backs.   Mythbusting There is this huge misconception in the general population that backs are struct...
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What’s the benefit of taping for neck pain

Taping is thought to have more of a neuro-physiological effect versus a actual mechanical effect on tissues. K-tape can benefit patients due to increased proprioception and increased postural stability. Taping can also affect blood circulation to the area by providing continuous stimulation to the skin and subcutaneous tissues. When we have a sore area what do we do? Generally we rub it. The tactile pressure and stimulation of the receptors in our skin make us feel better. The tape provide...
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Postural Neck Pain

Postural correction may be necessary in patients who have had a neurological dysfunction, but it may also be helpful for persons who do not have a clinical complaint. Poor posture can contribute to breathing problems, back, neck and shoulder pain, fatigue, indigestion and sleep problems. In other instances, poor posture may be the result of pain, for which the person is trying to compensate. Physiotherapists are very concerned about the posture of their patients, as it can make a huge differe...
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Is Bracing Effective?

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is one of my least favorite injuries.  It can be disabling, nagging, and sometimes even relentless!  A commonly recommended treatment involves the use of a tennis elbow strap.  There has been some support in the literature regarding these orthotics, however results in the literature have varied. A nice new study published in a recent issue of JOSPT assessed the efficacy of these devices in a group of 52 subjects with lateral epicondylitis.  The study ex...
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Elbow Bursitis- What is it and What can i do about it?

The elbow contains a large, curved, pointy bone at the back called the olecranon, which is covered by the olecranon bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that allows smooth movement between the bone and overlying skin. Inflammation of this bursa leads to a condition called olecranon bursitis. The causes of elbow bursitis may include trauma or a hard blow, excessive leaning on the elbow, infection through puncture wounds or insect bites, or conditions such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis. People in...
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Golfers Elbow

Eccentric training of the wrist extensors has been shown to be effective in treating chronic medial epicondylalgia. A study conducted by Tyler and others in 2014 studied the efficacy of adding eccentric exercise to standard physiotherapy consisting of ultrasound, cross-frictional massage and self-stretching, heat and ice. The specific isolated eccentric wrist flexor strengthening exercise performed by the patients involved twisting a rubber bar (Flexbar, Hygenic Corportation, Akron OH) with c...
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What’s the Latest with Tennis Elbow Strengthening?

Load Management   Load management and activity modification are vital in the rehabilitation of tennis elbow. From the elite athlete to the weekend warrior this can often feel like the end of the world. This can be achieved by reducing the aggravating activities within possible occupational and recreational limits. Through use of appropriate education and communication the athlete can be   Tendon disorders have been closely studied in Australian physiotherapy circles. Researchers...
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