Tennis Elbow: Treatment and Management

Tennis Elbow is an injury to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outside of the elbow where these muscles attach. Tennis elbow symptoms can be acute (new onset), subacute (lasting more than 6 weeks) or chronic (lasting more than […]

Ankle Sprain: Treatment and Management

An ankle sprain is one of the most common sporting injuries. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from a mild sprain through to severe complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or broken bones.

The P.O.L.I.C.E. Principle is a new way to approach an acute injury.

In the past, physiotherapists, doctors and specialists have recommended the R.I.C.E. principle following an acute injury.  This acronym stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. However research has shown that this isn’t necessarily the best way to optimise recovery. Often after an acute injury, a little bit of rest is necessary.  But one problem is that many people may rest for far […]

Mind the gap- the post-baby belly by Janette O’Toole Women’s Health Physiotherapist

During pregnancy, the growing baby and hormonal changes cause the tummy to stretch. As the baby continues to grow, the tummy muscles (rectus abdominus) may start to stretch apart or separate and a ‘gap’ can form where the muscles join down the center of the abdominal wall. This gap is known as diastasis of rectus […]

Frozen Shoulder

You do not need to sustain a blow to injure your shoulder. Shoulder dysfunction can appear to happen out of the blue, one example of this is the “frozen shoulder” type injury. This can occur for a range of reasons, including a lack of activity and aging. Studies have shown that due to hormonal changes, people are more prone to non-traumatic shoulder pain and dysfunction as they age. In China, the condition is called the “50 shoulder”, which highlights the role our age (and changing biochemistry) plays in frozen shoulder type conditions. Read more

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