Pain is part of a system designed to warn us of potential or actual injury and harm, and should settle as healing occurs. When pain continues after the expected healing time, it is no longer useful and can disrupt normal movement and function. This is termed chronic pain. A thorough assessment can determine the factors contributing to the pain. These factors can be addressed both with some education about how pain works, and with physiotherapy interventions to assist on the journey back to a meaningful life.
Injuries are inconvenient to both elite athletes and weekend warriors. Pain can be sudden due to injury sustained during sport or via gradual onset due to new use, overuse or abuse. Assessment of bodily structures and sport specific techniques guide treatment and rehabilitation, ultimately returning the patient to full participation.
(neck, back and thoracic pain)
80% of people worldwide experience back and neck pain. Poor postures and injuries such as whiplash, falls and more can cause pain and spasm. A comprehensive assessment and clinical reasoning guide the treatment plan.
Headaches and jaw pain
There are over 200 types of headaches which can cause debilitating pain and spasm. Both the upper neck joints and jaw joints can refer pain into the head. A meticulous assessment of all factors including work postures/positions will direct the treatment plan to relieve pain.
Joint/muscle pain and stiffness
Joints and muscles can be achy and sore from new use, over-use, arthritis and certain medications. In-depth assessment will steer treatment and rehabilitation.
Nerve pain and injuries
Nerves can be injured when compressed or overstretched and by pathogens and disease processes. Neural structures are rather sensitive and can produce unpleasant pain and functional losses when compromised. Shingles and Bell’s Palsy are examples of this. Physiotherapy interventions can assist recovery.
Orthopaedic and post-surgical rehabilitation
Physiotherapy treatment plays a vital role in recovery following surgery. Often after orthopaedic operations, joints need to regain their full range of motion, muscles require strengthening and proprioception/ joint sense or balance must be retrained. Consultation with the surgical team will guide the treatment according to protocol.