Lumbar Stress Fractures in Young Athletes

Lumbar Stress Fractures in Young Athletes

Sports that involve repetitive and forceful bouts of hyperextension of the lumbar spine create a risk for developing low back pain. A specific overuse injury that may occur with such sports is a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis (spondylolysis). Principal Practitioner Jonathan Tan discusses the importance of picking up signs of a developing lumbar stress fracture early and the implications a full stress fracture can have on young athletes.

Is It Safe To Deadlift?

Is It Safe To Deadlift?

The Deadlift is an excellent exercise when performed correctly that has the potential for numerous strength benefits. Practice Principal Jonathan Tan discusses the risks and benefits of incorporating this exercise into your routine.

This blog is targeted primarily towards novice gym-goers, people wanting to incorporate more strength training into their exercise regime and amateur athletes.

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy

The achilles tendon is located at the back of the ankle and is made of strong fibres that connect your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel bone (calcaneus). It gives you the ability to push off from the ground during walking and running. Achilles tendinopathy is the breakdown of these fibres and can occur either where it attaches to the heel bone or roughly 5-10cm above this. It is generally a result of repetitive over-use of the achilles tendon, causing it to gradually become swollen, painful and stiff.

Pregnancy & Physiotherapy

Pregnancy & Physiotherapy

Even if your Physio is a male, or hasn’t had children themselves, their extensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and injuries, makes them an ideal source of information and advice for solving your pregnancy pain problems. Senior Physio and Pilates Instructor, Sue Lin discusses some of the common questions and misconceptions regarding exercising whilst pregnant, and post-partum.

Shin Splints - A common preseason injury

Shin Splints - A common preseason injury

Shin splints is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions resulting in shin pain and is a common complaint amongst people at all levels of physical activity. It most commonly affects runners or people who play running based sports and is typically more prevalent in pre-season. There are two main areas of pain which relate to shin splints, these are known as Anterior shin splints and Posterior shin splints. It is important however to have a clear diagnosis as to the cause of your shin pain. In this blog I am discussing the two types of shin pain resulting from muscular dysfunction. Pain resulting from actual stress/micro fractures to the bone will involve different management to resolve symptoms.

Don't jump to conclusions

Don't jump to conclusions

Medical Imaging such as X-Ray and MRI are incredibly useful tools in making a diagnosis. However, a patient's symptoms and the results of imaging don't always correlate. This is well documented in low back pain and well advised in the physiotherapy profession. Principal Physiotherapist Jonathan Tan discusses a case study involving an acute sporting injury where this advice proved to be true, resulting in great success.

Its ok to bend

Its ok to bend

Low back pain is a very common problem that most people will experience at least once in their lifetime. However, one of the biggest misconceptions in society surrounding low back pain is that we should avoid bending, particularly when experiencing a flare up. Principal Practitioner Jonathan Tan discusses the importance of bending and normal movement.

Concussion In Sport

Concussion in sport has been a headline topic the last two years in particular with the NFL and AFL, two high impact contact sports. There has been more evidence and research going into finding out if there is a long term impact on players that suffer multiple concussions through their playing careers.