Injuries we Treat
Muscle strains are one of the most common injuries physiotherapists treat and can be caused by forceful or repetitive activity or exercise. They can even occur in simple tasks such as bending down, twisting or lifting. A muscle strain can range from a simple over stretch to a partial or full tear of the muscle. The grade of the muscle strain will determine the recovery time. Muscle strains can happen to any muscle in the body but are more commonly seen in the hamstring, calf, back, groin and neck muscles.
At Essendon Physio Group we will be able to diagnose and treat muscle strains as well as provide you with a plan to manage your injury and assist with your return to previous level of function.
Ankle sprains commonly occur when the ankle is rolled inwards, tearing the ligaments on the outside of the ankle in the process. This leads to instability of the ankle and further risk of ankle sprains and other injuries. Ankle sprains are common in dancers, netballers, contact sports and in those who work on uneven surfaces such as construction sites.
Our physiotherapists play an important role in the rehabilitation of an ankle sprain, starting from the acute management stage. Before returning to the pre-injury activity/sport, it is important that full ankle range of movement, strength and propriocepton are regained. We will guide you through a functional training program and also protective taping/bracing.
Back pain is one of the most common injuries physiotherapists treat due to the strain that is placed on the spine in everyday life. Lower back pain can be debilitating for most and keep us out of work and leisure activities. Common back conditions arise from muscle strains, disc injuries, facet joint sprains as well as arthritic and other degenerative changes of the spine.
Essendon Physio Group also has one of the latest computerised spinal traction machines onsite to assist those who may be experiencing referred leg symptoms as a result of a lumbar disc injury.
At Essendon Physio Group, our physiotherapists are experts in the diagnosis and management of lower back conditions and will be able to assist in your treatment and recovery.
Tendinitis is an overuse injury caused by repetitive activities or sports such as basketball and tennis, which produce significant load on the tendons of the body. Pain is usually experienced after activity has ceased and the person has cooled down. People with tendinitis frequently experience morning stiffness as well as pain and stiffness once they begin to move after a period of rest.
Commonly affected areas are in the achilles tendon, the patella tendon of the knee, the rotator cuff tendon of the shoulder and the main forearm extensor tendon on the outside of the elbow (also known as tennis elbow).
At Essendon Physio group we provide strict exercise guidelines, preventative strategies and treatments to ensure adequate management and recovery. Dry needling can also be an effective course of treatment.
The anatomy of the shoulder relies mainly on muscular support for stability to allow for a large amount of movement for the purpose of overhead activities. As a consequence the shoulder is constantly put under intense load and injury can result.
Common shoulder injuries:
Hip pain is common amongst all age groups, whether that be muscle, nerve or joint related hip pain.
At Essendon Physio Group our physiotherapists have a special interest in treating hip injuries and are highly qualified in the diagnosis and management of hip pain.
Some of the most common hip conditions treated at Essendon Physio Group include:
|Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is characterised by pain over the outside of the upper forearm near the elbow, which is usually caused by repetitive activity. In some cases pain may also radiate down the outside of the forearm and gripping objects may become difficult due to pain and weakness. At Essendon Physio Group we recommend treatments such as ultrasound, protective bracing, stretching, soft tissue therapy and dry needling.|
|Knee injuries are common in sports which involve pivoting movements such as AFL, skiing, netball and martial arts. At Essendon Physio Group we treat anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus injuries, patellofemoral joint syndrome, arthritis, patella tendinitis and Osgood-Schlatters disease.|
Neck Pain & Headaches
|Neck pain and stiffness is a common presenting symptom and may be caused by poor posture, trauma, arthritis or stress. Headaches can also evolve from tight muscles and joints in the neck, upper shoulder and temporomandibular (jaw) regions. Essendon Physio Group use a variety of treatment techniques to help manage these conditions.|
Symptoms such as pain, numbness, pins and needles, tingling and weakness experienced in either the lower back, hamstring, lower leg and foot is often referred to as sciatica. These symptoms arise due to compression or irritation of the lumber spinal nerves or the adjoining sciatic nerve. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a lumber disc pathology. Our physiotherapists can diagnose the cause of sciatica and will be able to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
|Shin splints are characterised by pain over the front or inner part of the lower leg and is common in those who engage in high impact activities involving distance running or who increase their training load suddenly. It can be caused by muscle imbalances, biomechanical factors and excessive activity on hard surfaces. It is important that a physiotherapist is consulted in the early stages to avoid the development of tibial stress fractures.|
|Plantar fasciitis is characterised by pain over the inner part of the under surface of the foot. It is caused by repetitive loading to the plantar fascia from repetitive activity such as running, walking, poor foot biomechanics or wearing inappropriate footwear.|
Our physiotherapists are experts in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries and are commonly employed by professional sporting clubs to manage the injuries and aid the return to sport of their athletes.
Common sports injuries we treat include:
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, please contact us for an assessment and treatment.