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

Anterolateral ligament found

kneesScientists have described a new ligament in the human knee. The ligament has been named “anterolateral ligament” (ALL).

 A French surgeon first noticed a structure that he described as “pearly resistant, fibrous band” in 1879.  Recently, a group of Belgium surgeons have finished a study where they describe in detail the anatomy of this now known “Anterolateral Ligament” Read more

When should you use ice or heat – Suzie Williams Better Health Physio discusses

iceAt Better Health we often get asked should I use ice or heat for sore muscles and joints. After suffering from any injury, inflammation (which causes swelling) immediately goes to the damaged area to start the repair process. Whilst this swelling is important in tissue healing it can be excessive and cause increased pain and decreased function. Read more

Back pain and your pelvic floor – Sydney physiotherapist Suzie Williams discusses

PFM-with-diaphramWeak supporting muscles of the pelvis and low back are often a cause of back pain and injury. To make matters worse we know now that with persistent back pain these muscles tend to switch off even further. While it is hard to find out whether a weak pelvic floor is the cause or effect part of the solution always comes back to learning how to use the supporting muscles properly again. While there are many muscles surrounding the lower back and pelvic region the pelvic floor often goes under the radar, especially in men! The pelvic floor plays a vital role at the deepest level of support, working with the diaphragm and abdominals to stabilise the pelvis and spine.

At Better Health we have taken out all the guess work using real time ultrasound to see what is happening on the inside while in motion. Real time ultrasound provides and accurate assessment and training tool while you exercise the muscles of your core and pelvic floor.

Sometimes the pelvic floor can be tricky to get working again as its effect is quite subtle and hence difficult to feel if you don’t know what to be feeling for.

If you have had chronic low back pain, your core muscles have been eluding you or you have been trying to activate your pelvic floor without success it may be helpful for you to have a one-on-one session with our physiotherapist. Suzie Williams our skilled physiotherapist with years of experience in real time ultrasound can show you exactly where these muscles are located, how well they are switching on and off and what sort of endurance capabilities your core muscles have.

If you have unresolved low back and pelvic pain your pelvic floor may be the missing link to getting back to full health. Please contact us on 9518 0722 to book in your assessment.

Yours in Better Health,

Suzie Williams Better Health Physiotherapist

Suzie Williams
Better Health Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy & kinesio tape

Q: Why are so many athletes in the Olympics wearing kinesio tape?

kinesio tapeThe tape you are referring to is known as Kinesiology Tape (or Kinesio Tape) and has become very popular amongst athletes and practitioners. It was developed by a chiropractor, Dr Kenso Kase, in the 1970s but became an overnight sensation in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics when the tape was donated to 58 countries for use during the games. Since then it has been used widely to prevent and relieve sporting injuries and a variety of other conditions. Read more