At Healthspace Clinics many patients are referred for physiotherapy for conditions arising in the shoulder. Some conditions begin insidiously (gradually) and others due to a specific movement the patient did during work or exercise. Today I will be discussing Adhesive Capsulitis, otherwise known as Frozen Shoulder.
Frozen Shoulder is a chronic debilitating condition that occurs insidiously, and can haunt the patient for over 12 months if it is not treated correctly. Generally in this condition there are 3 phases. These phases involve a significant increase in pain and restriction in movement of the shoulder, followed by the general improvement of these symptoms.
At Healthspace Clinics in Burwood, we find that many people who fall on their outstretched hands, whether they are playing sport or walking down the street, tend to fracture a structure most commonly known as the scaphoid bone (located above the thumb).
The scaphoid has a very important role in connecting the wrist to the thumb and thus is responsible for range of motion and movement of the thumb. A patient who has a suspected scaphoid fracture will point out pain and swelling in the region, and thus a physiotherapy consultation will be needed for further evaluation.
At Healthspace Clinics in Burwood, we are associated with many sports where the athletes develop overuse injuries that require treatment from an experienced physiotherapist.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is one of the most common overuse injuries of the lower body that affects runners, breaststrokers and many more. The incidence (rate/ frequency occurrence) of MTSS ranges from 4 – 35%.
At Healthspace clinics in Burwood, our physiotherapists come across many ATFL injuries, especially rolling into the another season of soccer and footy come late February and March.
The anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) is also known as the lateral ligament in the ankle, and it is the most common sporting related injury. Once a lateral ligament has been injured from the rolling-in motion of the ankle, that ankle becomes more prone to re-injury.
Working as a physiotherapist at Healthspace Burwood, I see many patients who experience headaches that affect them daily. Most of these patients are diagnosed with Tension Headache. This condition can be precipitated from stress or their positioning throughout the day.
You can gather a further understanding of the intensity and type of headache the patient is complaining of based on a thorough history taking. The patient may complain of dull aching pain or a pressure or tightness across the forehead or back of the head. Another really common symptom is when the headache arises on later in the day, during or after work.
We all know that Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) contains an 'itis' at the ends of its name. But does it actually contain inflammation? The answer is no! Tennis elbow instead involves a neovascularization - which is an increase in the natural formation of new blood vessels.
Many practitioners use manual therapy for this condition. But is this really effective to destroy the neovascularization that takes place during this process? Manual therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, but what else is there to treat it?