When should I see a Physio?

When should I see a physio?
A lot of people don't know when to see a physio. They might ask a friend or family member, google their condition (don't do it!) or just stick it out hoping for it to get better. Here are five tips to determine whether you should come in for an appointment: 1. I’ve sustained an acute injury If you have hurt yourself, it’s good to come in and let your physio assess the extent of your injury and give you tips on initial management. Some injuries might seem worse than they are, and others mi...

How Long Will it Take to Get Better??

How long does it take to recover from injury
How long will it take to get better Phys? This is a question we get asked multiple times a day, every day. Firstly, every injury is different, as is every patient. It is not one size fits all or one magic potion. In saying that though, most injuries have similar patterns of recovery and rehabilitation. The first stage of physiotherapy is usually to decrease pain and inflammation and address any neuromotor deficits (like balance or coordination). This will be followed by regaining range ...

Running Retraining for Exercise and Performance

Running Injuries Physio
(Read to the end of the article if you have a running injury and would like to have a free initial consultation with a physiotherapist) Running is good for you. It boosts immune cells, heart and lung function, decreases insulin resistance and has been shown to decrease the rate of knee osteoarthritis. It has also been proven to decrease chronic systemic inflammation, not to mention preventing at least 25 other chronic conditions. It’s no wonder then that lots of people run – but as physiothe...

What are the Deep Hip Muscles and Why are They Important for Hip Pain?

Hip Physiotherapy
What are the deep hip muscles and why are they important? Many of us would have heard about the "core" muscles and how important they are for people with back pain, or about the "rotator cuff" muscles and their role in protecting the shoulder. But very few people, even those with hip pain, would have heard about the deep hip muscles and their role in protecting the hip joint. A group of Australian physiotherapists and leading researches have proposed that the deep hip muscles (glute med, g...

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Rozelle Physio
(Read to the end of the article if you have heel pain and would like to have a free initial consultation with a physiotherapist) Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is a condition we commonly treat at Rozelle Physiotherapy. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs from the base of the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and acts like a spring during normal walking. What Causes Plantar Fasciitis? When there is too much load placed on the p...

“That’s Tight Y’all”

Muscle tightness
"I feel really tight.....it's nice" - Said no one ever I have lost count of the times I have had patients come in complaining that their muscles feel "tight" or that they feel "stiff". This feeling may or may not be accompanied by pain and is generally a fairly constant thing that increases or decreases without rhyme or reason. Additionally, these people often tried everything under the sun; from stretching to heat to supplements, all to no avail. People will resort to "adjustments" from chi...

No more RICE, call the POLICE!!

Acute injury management
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...

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...

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...