Common Injuries

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are one of the more common sporting injuries, affecting runners more than any other. They develop from an increase in repetitive load on a bone that come from a significant increase or change to training. The most common … Continue reading

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Shoulder Function

By Daniel Zambon B.Sc, D.Physio, APAM The role of the Rotator Cuff and Scapular Stabilisers The shoulder joint refers to the joint between the head of the humerus and the glenoid (part of the scapula) and is known in medicine … Continue reading

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Recovery From Training: The How and Why

By Simon Hearn Recovery from training and competition is a crucial component of the overall program for athletes of all levels. It allows the body to adapt and heal the microtraumas that are caused to the muscles during training and … Continue reading

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Anterior knee joint pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and is one of the more common sources of pain. Anterior knee pain is commonly associated with diagnoses such as patellofemoral joint pain, patellar tendinopathies, bursitis or fat pad impingement. When … Continue reading

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Hockey Injuries and Prevention

Hockey is a popular international Olympic sport. In Australia, hockey is played at clubs, schools and indoor centres. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission showed an estimated 200,000 Australians aged 15 years and older play outdoor hockey. Hockey requires great … Continue reading

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Gymnasts and Wrist pain

Wrist pain is quite common in gymnastics when weight bearing activities such as handstands, vaulting, beam and vaulting can place forces of up to 5 x body weight when completing skills. Most commonly the wrist pain is located on the … Continue reading

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Can a physiotherapist help you improve your second splits flexibility?

Being able to do the splits is a common topic among dancers and gymnasts, especially second splits. Second splits are also known as straddle, box and centre splits. Most dancers spend hours and hours stretching and perfecting the technique required … Continue reading

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What is OSTEOARTHRITIS?

“I have arthritis” is a common saying in the clinic. The word ‘arthritis’ has become a general term that people use for joint pain, and is often surrounded by negative beliefs such that the world is going to crumble upon … Continue reading

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Anterior hip pain with swimming

Swimming is a popular activity for many people, as it provides a great fitness effect without placing undue stress or load on the body. However the sport does come with its share of injuries, especially those training and competing at … Continue reading

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Are you at risk of an Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a non inflammatory, degenerative tendon injury that is a prevalent injury associated with running and jumping based athlete. This change in the tendon comes from an excessive overload on the tendon that causes a degenerative change. Multiple … Continue reading

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Not all ankle sprains are the same!

Although ankle sprains are statistically the most common sporting injury especially in gymnastics, ankle injuries can differ considerably and each and every ankle sprain can damage different structures leading to different areas of pain, different time frames for length of … Continue reading

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Trail Running – injury and prevention

With the final Rapid Ascent trail race of the season upon us, it is important to make sure you finish the season on a high. Running can place high demands on the body, it can lead to stressed tissues resulting … Continue reading

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The Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis Adhesive capsulitis or ‘frozen shoulder’ is a relatively common condition that involves the shoulder joint and is characterised by a spontaneous onset of pain, as well as, restrictions in both active and passive movement.  It can often be … Continue reading

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Injuries & Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding is a sport where the goal is to maximally develop the body in terms of mass, symmetry and balance throughout the body.  To a lesser extent your gym junkies and casual weights goers who are trying to “tone up” … Continue reading

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Lateral Hip Pain

By Andy McGree Are you experiencing pain on the side of your hip? If so, its quite likely you have gluteal tendinopathy which may or may not be accompanied by an irritable and inflamed bursa. The good news is that … Continue reading

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What is Swimmers Shoulder?

‘Swimmers shoulder’ is a broad term utilised to describe the musculoskeletal injuries that develop due to overuse of the shoulder. The progression of pain and can be described in stages as follows; Mild discomfort after training Pain during and after … Continue reading

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The female sporting knee and ligament injuries

When looking at the prevalence of ligamentous knee injuries, one may be inclined to believe that these types of injuries tend to occur more often in males. While it may appear this way based on the media that goes hand … Continue reading

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Knee Injuries

The knee joint is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and the joint capsule. This anatomy lends itself to a multiplicity of injuries ranging from ACL tears to sprains and strains. Direct trauma, as well as wear and tear, also … Continue reading

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Iliotibial Band Injuries

The Iliotibial (IT) band is the thick sheath of connective tissue that runs from the hip bone (femur) down the outside of the thigh and attaches to the outside of the shin bone(tibia). It acts to extend (straighten) the leg … Continue reading

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Hand and Wrist Injuries

The hand and wrist are made up of an intricate assortment of bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves. In addition, they are involved in almost every activity of daily living, and as such, they can be easily injured. Because of the … Continue reading

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Hamstring Strain

The hamstring refers to one of the tendons associated with the semitendinous, semimembranous and the biceps femoris muscles at the back of the knee. The hamstrings cross and act upon the hip and the knee. They play a critical role … Continue reading

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Groin Injuries

Groin injuries involve the adductor muscles that go from the pelvis to the knee and help to bring the leg in toward the body. These muscles are used a lot during sprinting, kicking a ball, horseback riding and hurdling. A … Continue reading

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Fractured Clavicle

The clavicle or collarbone is the bone that connects the chest to the upper arm. Together with the humerus (arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade) it makes up the shoulder joint. The clavicle can be broken during a fall … Continue reading

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Foot Injuries

Foot injuries are common among athletes during their career and can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and in some cases can sideline them for some time. Overuse, over-training, weak muscles and tendons, trauma and, in some cases, poor technique … Continue reading

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Disc Prolapse

Commonly called “herniated disc” or “ruptured disc” (or misleadingly called “slipped disc”), one of the common conditions we treat at Physiohealth is disc prolapse. The spinal column is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae. Between these vertebrae … Continue reading

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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is a condition caused by swelling within the space or “compartment” that contains muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bones. Pressure on arteries, veins and nerves causes severe pain and slows the circulation to these parts potentially causing permanent … Continue reading

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Calf Strains

The calf muscle is made up of the gastrocnemius muscle which is the big muscle at the back of the lower leg and the soleus, the smaller one located just below the gastrocnemius. These muscles can become injured or torn … Continue reading

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Back Pain

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is very common among athletes and may be the result of spine injuries such as fractures or sprains. Accidents, falls and direct blows to the … Continue reading

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. It binds the back of the thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia) and prevents the knee from moving excessively in … Continue reading

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Ankle Sprains

The ankle forms the area around the joint between the lower parts of the tibia and fibula and the tarsal bones at the back of the foot. It is crisscrossed by a number of ligaments which can become injured when … Continue reading

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Achilles tendon injuries

A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon, also called the heel cord, connects leg muscles to the heel bone, allowing you to walk and run. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among … Continue reading

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