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Common Cricket injuries!

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Shoulder pain is one of the most common injuries in cricket. In this article we talk about Rotator cuff injuries. We will explain what the rotator cuff is and how you can prevent these injuries or how we can help you after an injury. And most importantly assist you in achieving your best bowing or batting action!

What is the Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff are four muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint. For an optimal stabilisation and movement of the shoulder, you need all four muscle to be intact. The muscles are the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus and subscapularis.

Why are cricket players prone to shoulder injuries?

As we said before, the rotator cuff muscle are stabilizers. Injuries to these muscles happen due to imbalance between the four muscles. Each muscle has his own function. The teres minor and the infraspinatus both help with the external rotation of the arm, the supraspinatus helps with abduction of the arm, subscapularis helps with the internal rotation and the adduction.

In cricket the throwing action, the internal rotation, is very important. After releasing the ball there is a brake movement. During the throwing action the subscapularis and the teres major are in action but for the brake infraspinatus and the teres minor are in action. If these are weak there is too much force on the throwing muscles, and this can cause injuries. It’s not only during these moments that the rotator cuff muscles can get injured. A fall or other impacts can cause traumatic injuries as well.

What treatments are there after an injury?

What treatment you need depends on what kind of injury you have. If it’s an acute sprain or strain, it’s a good idea to ice to reduce the swelling and starting Physiotherapy to strengthen and keep the muscles flexible.  More chronic injuries can include stress fractures to the bone or a full tear of one of the muscles.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specializing in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

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Sick of soccer injuries? This will help you!

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If you are a soccer player you probably have been injured before. In soccer more injuries occur during games than training. The quick movements with a lot of force can cause sprains, strains, fractures or dislocations.

The most common body areas for soccer players to get injured are the ankle, knee shoulders, arms and head.

We summed up some safety tips for you.

Good preparation is important: always warm up, stretch and cool down.

  • Undertake training prior to competition to ensure readiness to play.
  • Undertake fitness programs to develop endurance, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
  • Gradually increase intensity and duration of training.
  • Good technique and practices will help prevent injury
  • Know the rules and play fairly.
  • Instruction on correct kicking, heading and tackling techniques must be available and reinforced.
  • Coaches should undertake regular re accreditation and education to ensure their knowledge is kept up-to-date.
  • Officials should enforce game rules.

See the photo’s below for some handy stretches to use during the warm up and cool down.

Soccer injury stretches physio parramatta

Soccer injury stretches physio parramatta

Soccer injury stretches physio parramatta
For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected] 
Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.
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What can I do about my Wrist and Hand pain?

Hand pain injuries are common and can be successfully diagnosed and treated by a physiotherapist. To be able to diagnose the problem, it’s important to understand the hand and wrist. Our hand consist out of a lot of little bones (27), tendons, muscles and nerves.

Wrist and Hand pain symptoms.

The symptoms depends on the kind of injury, but some include:

  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Or even stiffness in the wrist and fingers.

Wrist and Hand pain major causes.

  • Broken Wrist: If one of the wrist bones brakes, this can be caused by a fall of sudden impact with force on the wrist.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: is a painful disorder of the hand caused by pressure on your median nerve as it runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist.
  • Finger sprains: A sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent in some way causing damage to the ligaments which connect bones together.
  • Arthritis: Everyday wear and tear damage your hand and wrist joints.
  • Bursitis: Bursa are small fluid-filled sacs that help cushion joints. When these become inflamed it is referred to as bursitis.
  • Ganglion cyst: This cause of wrist pain is due to fluid-filled soft tissue cysts that often develop on the wrist opposite the palm but will occur on the palmar aspect of the wrist. Smaller cysts often tend to hurt more than large cysts.

Wrist and Hand pain treatments.

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most hand injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specializing in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

 

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Why does my Elbow hurts?

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Overuse or repeated pressure on the tendons near the elbow joint can overload these tissues, particularly where the tendon anchors to the bone. If overload occurs, it can cause pain around the elbow, particularly when using the wrist and hand.

The elbow joint consist out of 3 bones: The distal end of the humerus in the upper arm and both proximal ends of the ulna and the radius in the forearm. Different muscles and ligaments are attached to these bones and these are creating the movement in your elbow.

Elbow pain symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of elbow pain include:

  • dull ache when at rest.
  • pain when making a fist (golfer’s elbow).
  • pain when opening the fingers (tennis elbow).
  • soreness around the affected elbow bump.
  • weak grip.
  • difficulties and pain when trying to grasp objects, especially with the arm stretched out.

Elbow pain major causes.

While overuse injuries such as tennis and golfer’s elbow are common causes of elbow pain, other conditions can include:

  • Radio humeral bursitis: The bursae are small sacs filled with fluid that lubricate the bones of the joint to move smoothly. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae.    Repetitive use, frequent pressure or an injury could cause this.
  • Osteoarthritis: a split or break of the cartilages can cause inflammation and pain.
  • Referred pain: If there is an injury close to the spine that irritated the nerves servicing the arm, these can cause referred pain in the elbow.
  • Impingement: The main nerve in the arm is the radial nerve. This nerve can be pinched by vertebrae or the elbow joint and that can cause pain.
  • Fracture: An injury like falling can cause a break in one of the elbow bones. But even a muscle can cause a break in the bones. In an avulsion fracture, a powerful muscle contraction can wrench the tendon free that’s attached to the bone and pull a piece off.

Elbow pain treatments.

If you are suffer from elbow pain, you can visit a Physiotherapist so he can assess what your problem is and set up a treatment. The treatment may include:

  • exercises prescribed by your physiotherapist to gradually strengthen the tendons.
  • soft tissue massage.
  • ice massage.
  • acupuncture
  • taping or bracing your elbow.
  • anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication can help you cope with the pain, but do not improve long-term outcomes.
  • surgery – in severe cases, and if pain has not resolved within 12 months.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specializing in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

Suffering from ankle / foot pain? Physio Parramatta

What to do after an ankle sprain

Foot and Ankle pain are very common complains seen by Physiotherapists in Parramatta.

The ankle is one of the most commonly injured joint after the knee. The foot and ankle joints are most commonly seen injured in games such as rugby, soccer, netball, cricket and basketball. Or any sport which requires sudden change in direction.

Other reasons for foot and ankle issues can include the use of inappropriate footwear, sudden change in exercise levels or the type of exercise.

Foot and Ankle pain symptoms.

  • Sudden onset of ankle pain.
  • Can be localized sharp pain.
  • Dull ache in the foot region.
  • Can be constant pain or intermittent pain.
  • Pain with weight bearing.
  • Pain which develops after a while of weight bearing.

Ankle sprains symptoms.

  • Rolling the ankle while playing sports or walking.
  • Hearing a pop or a crack.
  • Localized swelling & tenderness.
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk normally due to pain.

Foot pain major causes.

  • Plantar Fasciitis: You will feel the pain in the heel and the arch of the foot. The pain during the day is at his worst in the morning when you get out of bed. During the day it normally lessen a bit, but it’s still there.
  • Impingement: If you feel a shooting, tingling or burning sensation in the inner side and sometimes even in the calf. This may be caused by a pinched or trapped nerve.
  • Bunion: A lump found below the big toe joint, this can be very painful and sometimes it get swollen and red.
  • Tendonitis: An inflammation of one of the tendons.
  • Fracture: A fracture of one of the little foot bones. A fracture in the foot normally heals on its own, with advise and treatments from the Physiotherapist it could speed up the process.

Ankle pain major causes.

  • Ankle sprains: A stretch or tear in the ligament that hold your ankle bones and joints together. This typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your          ankle in an awkward way.
  • Fracture: An ankle fracture occurs when there is a break in one or more of the bones. All suspected fractures need to be accurately diagnosed and professionally managed by your health professional to avoid long-term foot and ankle issues.
  • Tendinopathy: Your muscles or tendons can become injured or inflamed as a result of overuse or trauma. The inflammation is called tendinitis. They can also tear,  completely rupture, or sub lux out of place.
  • Arthritis: Your ankle pain and dysfunction can also be caused by degenerative conditions such as ankle osteoarthritis. While arthritis is normally a chronic deterioration of your ankle joint, it is important to slow the progression of ankle arthritis.

Foot and Ankle pain treatments.

Physiotherapists are trained specialists when it comes to assessing and treating foot and ankle pain. Physiotherapists will conduct an individualized assessment to find out the exact cause of your symptoms before treatment is commenced.

Treatment can include:

  • A thorough examination & accurate diagnosis of your injury.
  • Anti-inflammatory advice.
  • Range of motion exercises.
  • Strength work.
  • Proprioceptive exercises.
  • Strapping – if required.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specializing in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

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Office Workers! Get rid of back stiffness!

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Do you wake up with back stiffness?

Do you feel like the whole back is stiff after a long drive?

Do you feel uncomfortable sitting in the office all day?

Between  80–90% of people suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives. So.. you’re not the only one. And yes there is definitely a treatment for your problem.

Most of the back problems start because of our lifestyle, inactivity, jobs or your long term posture. Because we get so used to this lifestyle, it’s hard to change it on your own. Don’t worry. We are here to help you.

Why don’t you start by doing some these very simple easy and time efficient stretches that will help you to decrease the stiffness in your back?

Do these stretches regularly once or twice a day and let us know how you go. We are only a phone call away if you need any assistance. Quick back stretches Physio Parramatta

Quick back stretches Physio Parramatta

For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specializing in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

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Office workers pay attention!

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Are you an office worker? And do you spend a lot of time behind a screen?

One of the biggest contributing factors in chronic neck pain is that we spend hours sitting and working on our computers. Which over time causes neck stiffness and pain.

The most common symptoms of neck pain can include:

  • Stiffness
  • Sharp pain, localized to one area
  • Tenderness
  • Shooting pain in the shoulders, arms or finger
  • If it spread to the head it can cause headaches as well

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, try these simple stretches anytime and everywhere. You’ll feel instant relief of the symptoms.

Quick office stretches Parramatta

Quick office stretches Parramatta

For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

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Tired of hip pain?!

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To know what causes your hip pain, we need to have a look at where you feel the pain and what kind of pain it is. Usually if the problem is with your hip itself you will feel pain inside your hip or you groin. If it’s a problem of the muscles, ligaments or tendons around the hip joint you will feel the pain more on the outside of your hip, or the upper tight or buttock.

Hip pain symptoms.

  • Limping
  • joint pain.
  • groin pain.
  • loss of motion of the hip.
  • warmth
  • swelling over the hip.
  • tenderness of the hip.
  • difficulty sleeping on the hip.

Hip pain major causes.

In this article, we have summed up the major causes of hip pain.

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common one, especially in people older than 50 years .
  • Lower back problems: These can give shooting pain down to your hip.
  • Fracture: A fracture of the neck of the femur, your thigh bone.
  • Strained muscle: This is a stretched or torn ligament. Falling, twisting or getting hit can all case a sprain.
  • Tendonitis: A irritated or inflamed tendon. A tendon is the band of tissue that attach the muscle to the bone and helps with the movements.

Hip pain treatments.

If the pain is too severe, the doctor may suggest to prescribe you some pain-killing medicine. Depending on the injury, he might also suggest a surgery. Other treatments that we use to relieve hip pain for mild injuries, post-surgery or after-surgery are:  working on the strength of the muscles around the hip, stretches, trigger point releases, deep tissue massages. With these treatments we relieve the muscles, increasing the range of motion, decreasing the pain and strengthen your upper legs.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

 

Physio Parramatta Knee Pain

Why do I have knee pain?

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Knee pain is a common problem. It can varies from acute injuries, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage to medical complications even arthritis, gout and infections can cause knee pain. The pain varies as well, it can be highly localised or might be diffuse. In the case of an acute knee injury, rehabilitation therapy may rectify the issue.

Knee pain symptoms.

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Redness and warmth
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Instability to fully straighten the knee

 

Knee pain major causes.

In this article, we have summed up the major causes of knee pain.

  • Injuries of the knee ligaments: These are common sports injuries, a tear of a ligament. The knee ligaments are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the medial or lateral collateral ligament (MCL/LCL).
  • Torn meniscus: This is a rubbery, flexible and though tissue and acts as a shock absorb-er between your shinbone and thighbone. This injury could happen if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on is.
  • Knee bursitis: The bursae are the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joints so that tendons and ligaments glide smoothly over the joint. Some knee injuries cause inflammation in these bursae, the inflammation is what we call the bursitis.
  • Arthritis of the knee: Arthritis is a chronic degenerative condition that necessarily requires surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic osteoarthritis and Osteoarthritis are the three most common types of arthritis in humans. In each of these conditions, common symptoms are stiffness accompanied with swelling.

Knee pain treatments.

The treatments will vary, this depending on what causes the pain. One way to treat the pain is with medication or injections. The doctor may prescribe this to relive the pain and to treat underlying conditions. Depending on what the injury is, it may require surgery.

But what can Physiotherapy do for you. If you have an unstable feeling in the knee, there are some good exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee and make you knee more stable. But if you are physically active or you are practising a sport, you may need exercises to correct movement patterns that may be affecting your knees and to establish good technique during your sport or activity. Exercises to improve your flexibility and balance also are important.

For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

Physio Parramatta Arthritis Pain Joints

Do I have Arthritis?

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Most people experience pain at some point in their lives and many will assume that their joint pain is arthritis related, especially if you are in the 50+ age group. But what is arthritis? There are many different forms of arthritis which can affect both the young and old. Each type of arthritis has a different set of symptoms. Read below for common types of arthritis.

Symptoms of arthritis:

Arthritis affects people in different ways, but the most common symptoms are:

  • Stiffness or reduced movement of a joint.
  • Pain
  • Swelling in a joint.
  • Redness and warmth in a joint.
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling unwell

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the cartilage and underlying bone on weight bearing joints due to wear and tear. This leads to pain, stiffness, creation of extra bone growth – spurs, clicking or grating sensations. Symptoms occur most often in the lower back, hips, knees and even your fingers. OA and degeneration will occur in most people as they grow older, it can be made worse by poor posture, increased weight, abnormal biomechanics and poor nutrition. Doctors can diagnose most cases of osteoarthritis based on symptoms and X-rays. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, meaning it will become progressively worse over time. It is not a disease, it is part of the ageing process. If you were to look at someone older than you, they would have more wear and tear than you will simply because they have been using their bones and joints for longer than you have.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks normal tissues in the body. Constant inflammation around the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues over time leads to destruction and deformity of joints. Unlike OA, RA affects small joints in the hands and feet and around the lower back. RA is characterized by periods of exacerbation and dormant stages. RA is progressive disease which become worse over time. With this type of arthritis the pain may actually get worse as you rest due to the build-up of inflammation. Blood tests and x-rays can help doctors to diagnose the condition, and treatment by a rheumatologist is central to management.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is arthritis that visibly affects the skin as well as underlying joints. People tend to report symptoms such as red, white or silvery patches of dry skin, pain or discomfort in the skin, or pain in the underlying joints. The dry skin may appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands and feet, or on the spine. Factors that can make the symptoms of psoriasis worse include stress or anxiety, medications, exposure to excessive sunlight, smoking and alcohol, or injury to the skin.

Gout

Caused by excess uric acid within the blood stream. The uric acid forms crystals, which accumulate within the joint spaces, causing pain and inflammation. Excess uric acid is associated with a diet rich in meat, seafood, fructose and alcohol, as well as other factors including obesity, metabolic medical conditions, family history, and increased age. Gout is also associated with kidney stones and management includes changing your diet to lower uric acid levels. Contact your GP for medical advice and management. Physiotherapy will help to guide your exercise journey and assist with other pain management strategies, helping to keep you active and healthy. Activities such as hydrotherapy, exercises and stretching have their place in maintaining correct posture and strengthening muscles appropriately to protect the body in areas of pain.

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For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected]

Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.