Runner’s knee

Runners kneeRunner’s knee is a general term for knee pain felt around the knee-cap.  Physiotherapists often refer to runner’s knee as “Patellofemoral Joint Syndrome” or “Patellofemoral pain”.  The patellofemoral joint is composed of the kneecap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur).   Read more

Knee Pain – Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Meniscus injuries

Knee painKnee pain is a common complaint we see at Better Health.  The tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones of the knee are subjected to forces when running, jumping, twisting and kicking and also can be injured during a fall or direct blow. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus are common structures in the knee that can tear or become damaged. Read more

Urinary Incontinence

urinaryThe birth of a new baby is wonderful, and the beginning of many happy times. However there are many challenges that a new mother faces, including the well-known challenges of breastfeeding and sleepless nights. A less widely discussed, but equally challenging issue, is that of incontinence. Read more

Vaginismus

Just like any muscles in your body, your pelvic floor muscles can go into spasm.   And just like any muscle in spasm, with the right intervention and in the right hands, treatment can be simple, fast and with permanent results.

VaginisumMillions of women suffer silently from pelvic floor disorders, but they don’t mention their symptoms to health professionals because they are embarrassed or because they don’t think help is available.  The ultimate irony is that pelvic floor disorders affect about one in three women – no need to be embarrassed or think you’re alone! Read more

Rotator cuff injury

Rotator Cuff Injury

rotator cuff muscles injuryThe shoulder joint is a relatively unstable joint that is moved and controlled by a small group of four muscles, known as the rotator cuff.  These muscles (the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) help move, control and stabilise the shoulder.

A rotator cuff injury can include any type of irritation or overuse to these muscles or their tendons, and is one of the most common shoulder injuries we see.  Injuries involving the rotator cuff include impingement, tendinopathy, strains and tears, all of which can be acute or chronic in nature.  Activities that cause rotator cuff injury include lifting, falling, overhead activities, repetitive activities, poor posture and degenerative changes to name but a few. Read more

Knee Pain

Knee

 

Knee pain or knee injuries are extremely common.  Pain may be caused by local structures within or around the knee, or, may be referred from other sources (such as the lower back or hip joint).   It is important to make an accurate diagnosis as to the cause of knee pain or knee injury so that appropriate treatment can be directed. Read more

Bursitis Shoulder

Your bursa is a fluid filled sac that helps to reduce friction in your shoulder spaces. Bursitis shoulder is a common cause of shoulder pain that is usually caused from impingement of your bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and bone. Read more

Overtraining. How Much Training is Too Much?

overtrainingHow Much Training is Too Much?

We all know exercise is good for us, but how much should we do?  According to Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, we should be active most (preferably all) days of the week.  In total it is recommended that we accumulate 2.5-5 hours of moderate intensity physical exercise each week.  Furthermore it is recommended we do muscle strengthening activity at least 2 days each week.  Moderate intensity is defined as a level that causes a slight increase in breathing and heart rate.  Provided there is adequate rest incorporated in the program, strength and fitness gains will be made. Read more

Core strength for low back pain – Inner West Physiotherapist Suzie Williams discusses

core musclesWhat is core stability or core strength?

The “core” as it is commonly referred to is a group of muscles that provide support, stability and control movement of your spine and pelvis.  A common misconception is that your core is simply strong abdominal muscles, but there are many more muscles that are important in giving you a stable spine and helping to reduce back pain and stiffness. There is so much more to core strength than a six pack! Read more

Achilles pain

achilles-tendonitis

Treatments for Achilles pain and injury can be challenging.

Achilles pain can affect all levels of physical activity, from people that enjoy going for a walk to people that enjoy running long distance and playing all manner of sports…..or not!

Determining the diagnosis is very simple, the challenge is how to treat it. Read more