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Our range of treatment covers...

Neck and back pain

At least 80% of people will report back or neck pain in their lifetime. It can come from being too active or being too still! Pain can be due to something (an injury, twist) or seemingly nothing (often posture). Symptoms can radiate down the arm or leg. It is important to work out the cause of the problem and address it, rather than just treat the symptoms.

Whiplash

Whiplash, whether it be due to a car accident, or from a fall etc, should always be treated very gently at first. Muscles and ligaments, maybe even nerves, are recovering from a sudden stretching sprain,and need time to heal. If treated gently early, and more actively later, you have the best chance of getting back to normal. Your physiotherapist will help direct how quickly you get back into daily activities.

Dizziness/Vertigo

Vertigo may result from problems with your inner ear, which affect your balance. Some types of dizziness respond to specific head and neck manoeuvres to correct the problem. At Macquarie Street Physiotherapy there are physiotherapists who can treat this dizziness and give you strategies to use at home.

Joint and Muscle Injuries(Sprains and Strains)

Sprains usually refer to joints/ligaments, and strains refer to muscles/tendons.
Grade 1 refers to a mild injury.
Grade 2 refers to a moderate injury.
Grade 3 implies a more severe injury, a longer recovery and sometimes surgical intervention. Ask your physiotherapist.

Sports Injuries

How the injury happened (think back!) as well as signs and symptoms all help your physiotherapist determine the type and extent of the injury, and whether you need treatment only, or if further tests are warranted. Your physiotherapist will assist not just recovery from injury, but prevention of recurrence.

Headache

Headaches often have several causes. Your neck may be at least part of the reason. There may be postural causes, such as "leading with the chin" when getting up from sitting or arguing the point! Your physiotherapist can help with gentle mobilisation techniques (at Macquarie Street Physiotherapy we do not use forceful manipulation) massage, and postural suggestions.

Rehabilitation after Surgery

After joint surgery most people will experience swelling, pain, stiffness and weakness. Your physiotherapist will liaise with your surgeon, and follow their post-surgical guidelines. They may use ice, ultrasound, massage, tape and exercises and will make suggestions about activity at home.

Postural advice

Many neck, back, shoulder and even hip problems relate to posture. And (no surprises here) headaches often have a postural element. Sometimes without good instruction, people try to over-correct posture. They end up flipping back and forth from slouchy to overly upright/edge of the chair position! Neither is ideal, and can cause muscle fatigue, disc problems and pain. Ask for advice about the most correct position.

Core Stability Advice

Core stability is fundamental for maintaining good posture and protecting the spine. It is the foundation for all other exercise and movement. You may like to be given advice, or exercises to do at the gym or home. Alternatively, you can come to our classes to allow regular core stability practise.

Sciatica

If the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated, it can cause pain in the back of your leg. Pain in this region could also be caused by a muscle strain, or be referred from another joint. We will work out whether your pain is due to the sciatic nerve or not, and treat accordingly. Sometimes traction is helpful in these situations, and is available at Macquarie Street Physiotherapy.

"Slipped Disc"

Vertebral discs are like cushions which sit between your vertebrae. They have two layers, a tough fibrous outer layer, and a more fluid inner layer: like thick putty. Part of this inner layer can escape through a tear in the outer layer. Or in some instances, the outer layer can split or bulge. The disc doesn't actually "slip". Nor can it be "put back in". The resultant inflammation and pain need time and appropriate management to settle. Your physiotherapist can assist.

Work-Related Conditions

Do your shoulders, neck and arm ache after a day at your desk? You may need hands-on treatment and specific exercises for your condition. There is a variety of chairs, "mice" and document holders that can make life at work more comfortable. There is even a podium desk you can stand at! Ask your physiotherapist for ergonomic advice.



Running and walking analysis

Lower limb or back pain can often be caused by the way you run or walk. At Macquarie Street Physiotherapy we will film your gait on our treadmill and look at which aspects may be contributing to your symptoms. We take you frame by frame through the recording. Advice may then be given, for walkers up to elite runners, about strategies you may use to improve technique."

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