Niggly ache or sharp pain in your low back? Scared to move? Stiff and sore mid back? If any of these sound familiar and are stopping you moving freely you are one of thousands of people who suffer from some form of back pain. At Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness we see lots of people with back pain making it the most common problem we treat. This means you are in good hands.
Along with low back pain, ‘sciatica’ or nerve pain is extremely common making it a condition Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness frequently treat. Sciatic pain arises from the sciatic nerve which originates in the low back and runs through the buttocks and down the back of the legs. ‘Sciatica’ can result from an injury to structures in the low back which then puts pressure on the nerve, or from any irritation to the nerve along its pathway.
Neck pain can occur due to injury to the neck joints and or neck soft tissues. This can happen following moving your neck into an unusual position, poor posture over time or even just having slept in a funny position. Symptoms may include stiff and achey neck muscles, a sharp pain when you turn your neck, pain spreading to the shoulder or arm and even pain in the shoulder blade area.
Whiplash is the common name given to a sprain of the joints in your neck. This usually happens following some sort of physical trauma where the neck is forcefully moved backwards and then forwards rapidly. The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident but it can also be caused by collisions on the sporting field or by falling over.
Headaches often arise from joint disorders in the neck and muscle tension around the neck and upper back. Many people with neck related headaches experience pain in the back of the head, around the temples, behind the eyes or into the forehead. Sometimes moving the neck or maintaining certain postures can make the headache better or worse. This may be a good indication that your neck is involved in your headaches.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The socket is relatively small and shallow whilst the ball is large. This allows the shoulder to have a big range of movement in lots of directions. There are four main muscles which help to hold the shoulder joint together, these muscles are called the rotator cuff. Due to the shoulders large range of movement, complicated bio mechanics and the amount it is used in everyday activities it can be prone to injury and pain.
Symptoms that can indicate that pain is coming from the hip joint can be pain in the groin or stiffness with walking or squatting. Pain on the outside of the hip can often be caused by a bursa or unhealthy tendons on the side of the hip.This pain can often be experienced when lying on the painful side or when taking your first few steps after sitting down. These problems can make walking uncomfortable and sleeping difficult.
Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness see lots of people with muscle strains and joint sprains through our involvement with local sporting teams such as the Victor Harbor Football Club & the Port Elliot Tennis Club. A muscle strain, or a ‘pulled muscle’, occurs when the muscle fibres are overstretched or torn. Muscle strains can happen in muscles throughout the body but commonly occur in the front of the thigh, hamstring, leg and low back.
As we get older the joints in our body can change. Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects the surface of the joints. This can happen due to past injury to a joint, having had surgery on a joint or just due to a combination of time and use. Often clients seek treatment at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness reporting pain, stiffness, grinding or catching in their large joints like their hips, knees and shoulders.
Falls prevention is something that Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness feel strongly about. Our physiotherapists have lots of experience in keeping people steadier on their feet and for longer. Falls and reduced mobility affect so many people particularly the elderly.
Physiotherapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process both before and after orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic surgeries that physiotherapists at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness often manage include shoulder replacement, rotator cuff repair, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, knee arthroscopies and knee anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.