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Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy

What is Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy? Real time ultrasound physiotherapy utilises an ultrasound machine to assist with the assessment and treatment of certain conditions. It provides real time imaging by transmitting sound waves through the body. These sound waves are then reflected by tissues in the body to create images on the screen for us to interpret. The benefit of real time ultrasound physiotherapy is that it allows you to …Read More

Have I Done My Hammy? – A Guide to Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains are the most common muscle strain in athletes and are most evident in sports that require high running, speed and power demands. The hamstrings are very powerful and require a lot of eccentric contraction to slow the leg/control it when we run. Most patients report a sudden sharp pain when they tear a hamstring. Some are able to continue with the activity they are doing while others are …Read More

Muscle Contusions

How do muscle contusions occur? Muscle contusions, also known as “corkies”, are the result of a direct force to the muscle. In sport, this generally occurs from collision with an opposition player. However, muscle contusions can occur outside of a sporting environment e.g. after a fall or collision with an object such as a table. The most common site of muscle contusion is the front of the thigh and quadriceps …Read More

Hip Impingement

What is Hip Impingement? Hip Impingement or Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) is a condition of the hip where additional bone is present on joint surfaces. This additional bone is known as a CAM or pincer lesion and can cause joint impingement with certain movements, such as deep squatting. Around 20% of the population have FAI but only 23% of these people complain of hip pain. Hip Anatomy Risk Factors Current …Read More

Ankle Sprains

What is an ankle sprain? Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries. A sprain can be defined as the tearing of one or more ligaments in the ankle. Most ankle sprains are likely to affect the lateral ligaments (around 80% of sprains) of which the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) is most common. Following a sprain the ankle joint may become unstable and will take some time to …Read More

Compression Stockings and Running

Source: http://www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au/ With the SMH Half Marathon approaching, many may wonder if the use of compression stockings during the event actually make a difference to performance and muscle damage. In a soon to be published article in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy by Areces et al… from Spain, looked at compression garments and marathon running. The purpose of the study was to look at compression garments effect …Read More

Dynamic Stretching Exercises for Injury Prevention

In previous posts we have discussed the benefits of dynamic stretching in order to help prevent injury. Dynamic stretching exercises are best performed as part of your warm up routine and involve using movement or momentum to move a muscle between its extremes of range. Justin Merlino, Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist here at Stadium Sports Physio, has put together the following list of exercises that can be incorporated into any …Read More

Dynamic or Static Stretching? Which is best?

There has been an ongoing debate over the last decade as to what is the best type of stretching for sports performance and injury prevention: dynamic or static stretching? A definition of both dynamic and static stretching is required to answer this question: Sports Performance A recent review of the current research pertaining to pre-exercise static stretching by Simic et al (2013) found that static stretching prior to exercise can …Read More

Shin Splints: What is it and how can it be treated?

Shin splints is one of the most common reasons for exercise-induced leg pain. The incidence is as high as 6-16% of all running injuries. With summer right around the corner further awareness of the possible causes of your leg pain is essential in effective management and prevention. Shin splints, as it is most commonly called, refers to pain on the inside of the shin bone. It does not imply a …Read More

Sitting and Low Back Pain: Is there a right way to sit?

As physiotherapists, we very often get asked “how should I be sitting at work to prevent my back from getting sore”? Low back pain affects around 80% of Australians at some stage in their life, and it is the most common workplace health complaint. With an increasing number of sedentary individuals with back pain within the workplace, there has been a growing interest into the causes of low back pain. …Read More