Physiotherapy involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that cause joint and muscle pain, sports injuries, work injuries, postural dysfunction, movement dysfunction and a wide variety of other musculoskeletal problems. Physiotherapy will help to reduce your symptoms of pain, restore you normal movement and prevent the reoccurrence of the injury/condition. This result can be achieved by using a series of treatment modalities including manual therapy, manipulation, massage, taping, dry needling/acupuncture, exercise and most importantly education.
General Musculoskeletal injuries:
Involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of general musculoskeletal injuries that occur during our activities of daily living. Quite often these injuries can be due to overuse, lifting, repetitive movements, trauma, bad posture or ‘wear and tear’ of the joints. Some examples of some of these conditions include:
- Low back and neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Plantar fascitis/heel pain
- Rotator cuff tear
- Knee pain
- Shoulder impingement
- Whiplash related disorders
Sports injuries are regular occurrences and quite often need to be quickly attended to in order to speed the process of recovery and get you back in the game. Physiotherapists are able to diagnose and treat sports injuries, provide a management plan as well as giving you a timeline for recovery. Some examples of sports injuries include:
- Hamstring tear
- Patello-femoral pain
- Medial knee ligament sprain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip bursitis
- Shoulder dislocations
- Ankle sprain
- Shin splints
Post-operative rehabilitation involves the care of patients with musculoskeletal problems who have undergone surgery to fix their injury or structural dysfunction. It is a specialty that focuses on improving the functional outcomes for individuals by combining biomechanics and biology as well as incorporating protocols set out by orthopaedic surgeons. Some examples of surgery which will require physiotherapy post-operatively include:
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Rotator cuff repair
- Shoulder stabilisation
- ACL reconstruction
- Knee arthroscope
Clinical approach utilising skilled hands on techniques including but not limited to manipulation, mobilisation of joints, and stretching which are used to treat soft-tissue and joint structures in order to modulate pain, increase range of motion, reduce soft-tissue inflammation, improve contractile and non-contractile tissue repair/extensibility, and improve function.
Exercise based therapy
Exercise incorporates specific movements with or without additional resistance to promote normal movement of muscle tissue and joints which can in turn assist in the regeneration, strength and stability of these structures. Specific exercises assist specific conditions which is why professional guidance of exercise is so important.
involves the insertion of very fine needles into dysfunctional tissues such as myofascial trigger points in order to improve pain and/or restore function.
Understanding your condition is paramount for your recovery and your ability to self-manage your condition. Many conditions can be treated and prevented by having a good understanding of how your body works and also knowing what is good for your body.
therapeutic ultrasound. Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission gel. Therapeutic ultrasound has been demonstrated to create an increase in,healing rates, tissue relaxation, tissue heating, local blood flow, scar tissue breakdown.
Adhesive strapping is used to exert pressure and hold structures in place over an extremity or body area to assist treatment of sprains, strains and dislocations.
We provide and apply fibreglass casting for fractures, thermoplastic splints, knee, wrist and ankle immobilisers and braces for joint and soft-tissue injuries.
At Firstpoint physiotherapy all sessions are one-to-one which means our attention is focussed on you for the entire session!