sore ankle

Just another rolled ankle?

Winter sport is now upon us (how did that even happen) and it seems like an appropriate time to discuss one of the most common injuries we come across in the clinic. Lateral ankle sprains. Ankle sprains account for 90% of sprains and often result in tears in the lateral ankle ligaments. Being a lover…

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Why rest isn’t always best!

Who remembers from high school PE class the acronym for the management of a soft tissue injury? That’s right, the good old RICE – standing for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Recent evidence has emerged that this may not be the optimal strategy for the management of soft tissue injuries – i.e. ankle and knee…

Brother’s Physio Season Wrap Up

This year I had the pleasure of providing home game day coverage for Brother’s JRLFC teams. It was an exciting year for the club, this being the first year Brother’s have been included in such a high level competition (Ron Massey is the level below Intrust Super Premiership – the level below NRL). Although results…

Osteoporosis and exercise

Osteoporosis and Exercise

When we think of osteoporosis we think about frail elderly ladies who are bent and have trouble walking.  But what is osteoporosis? What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is the gradual loss of bone density due to deterioration of bone tissue. This loss of bone density causes bones to be frail and puts the individual at risk…

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To scan or not to scan?

Are your scan results helpful or harmful? One of the first questions I’m often asked from patients is ‘Do I need a scan for my injury?’. The answer to this question is dependent on many factors and cannot be answered before a thorough examination is done. I also see many patients who are distressed about…

Winter stretching – feels sooo good

Winter is here and as the weather gets cooler we often find it difficult to keep our motivation with our regular exercise regime. Whether it be out door running, sports or getting yourself to the gym, cold weather can really keep you inside. Why not incorporate an indoors stretching routine? During our colder seasons our…

Acute wry neck

Wry Neck

Have you ever woken up with your neck stuck and unable to turn or move your neck? You may have a case of wry neck! What is a wry neck? An acute wry neck is the sudden onset of severe neck pain, it is accompanied by spasm of the neck muscles, causing the neck to…

Exercise and arthritis

Osteoarthritis…

What Is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as osteoarthroses, is a type of degenerative joint disease. OA is a disease of the entire joint, encompassing the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. Although it is commonly referred to assimple ‘wear and tear’, there is much more to the disease, with cartilage breakdown, bony overgrowth and…