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arthiritis

Osteoprosis or Osteoarthiritis?

Osteoprosis vs Osteoarthiritis

Osteoprosis and Osteo arthiritis (OA) are two conditions which affect our bones but are not related. Patients can often conufuse the two terms. Both terms relate to bone related conditions (Osteo). Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of a joint, Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density and mass which increases the risk of fractures, even spontaneously. Osteoporosis is a painless condition, which only becomes painful if a fracture or a broken bone is sustained.

Osteoprosis

Osteoprosis refers to bone weakness – usually occurs as we age. Osteoprosis can lead to bone fractures due to reduced density of bones – such as a compression fracture of the spine.

Osteo arthiritis

Osteoarthiritis is the wearing out of our weight bearing joints with age and can often cause a lot of pain in some cases.

Check out Arthiritis Australia for more information:
http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au/

physiotherapy for cording

Physiotherapy for Cording – Breast Cancer

Physiotherapy for Cording

 

  • Axillary Web Syndrome – also known as cording is a common symptom post breast or axilla surgery.
  • Causes shoulder stiffness in up to 72% of cases.
  • Symptoms of shoulder stiffness are often over looked
  • Symptoms arising from Axillary web syndrome or cording are not the same as Lymphodema.
  • Physiotherapy for cording provides effective symptomatic relief

Cording: Signs and Symptoms

  • Difficulty lifting arm forward or sideways
  • Difficulty straightening elbow
  • Difficulty reaching overhead
    • Washing hair
    • Reaching for overhead cupboards
    • Difficulty dressing / undressing
  • Visible band of tight tissue originating in the arm pit and travelling down towards the wrist
  • Cording more common in thinner women
  • Often reported within 1st and 8th weeks after removal of axillary nodes

Physiotherapy treatment for cording

  • Treatment is individualised to each patient
  • Approximately 1-2x session / week for 4-6 weeks
  • Shoulder mobilisation techniques
  • Scar tissue release
  • Myofacial release
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Home exercise program – gentle shoulder exercises and stretches

Expected outcomes with Physiotherapy management

  • Increased shoulder ROM – especially with forward and sideway movements
  • Reduced pain
  • Home exercise program
  • Eventual full shoulder ROM – time frames vary person to person

Costs associated with Physiotherapy treatments:

  • Private Physiotherapy sessions
  • Private health fund – extras cover for Physiotherapy
    • Gap payable as per health fund
  • EPC referral – GP enhanced primary care referral required
    • Up to 5x sessions / year