Conditions We Can Help!
We offer care for a broad range of conditions, some of which include:
About Lower Back Pain :
Lower Back Pain is an extremely common condition with up to 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time during the lives. Although the underlying pathology of low back pain is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain in the community and has the considerable impact on the economy due to the time is taken off work. Whilst the vast majority of patients with back pain will recover within 6 weeks, a small number will go on to develop chronic back pain and a gradual deterioration of functionality.
Causes of Back Pain :
Most causes of back pain are the result of irritation or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles in your back. Such irritation can be the result of a Vertebral dysfunction, a common condition that occurs when the spinal vertebrae compress or irritate the delicate nerve structures of your lower back. Other causes of lower back pain include inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis), and fractures due to osteoporosis. Back pain may also be referred from another location.
Assessment of Lower Back Pain :
Your Physical Therapist will perform a detailed history, orthopedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain.
Treatment of Lower Back Pain : Physical Therapy treatment of low back pain focuses on restoring function to poorly moving spinal joints, as well as reducing muscle tension and increasing muscle strength. This results in improved movement, reduced pain, and deceased nerve irritation.
Treatments are tailored to the individual case usually consisting of spinal and soft tissue mobilization, core stabilization advice, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat / cold therapy. Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive lower back consultation to help identify the exact cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective care today!
Physical Therapy for Neck Pain :
Physical Health care provides physio for neck pain.
About Neck Pain :
If you are one of the many peoples that suffer from neck pain, neck ache or neck stiffness, you will be pleased to know that our proven Physical therapy approach may offer the solution you have been searching for.
Neck pain is very common with about one in 10 people having it at any given time. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing incidence of poor posture particularly forward head posture.
Problems within the neck can also cause a headache, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.
We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Physiotherapists if you regularly experience any of the following:
- 1. Persistent neck aches first thing in the morning.
- 2. Neck stiffness when reversing in the car.
- 3. Clicking neck noise when turning.
- 4. Constant aching neck muscles.
- 5. Tingling in your hands or fingers.
Causes of Neck Pain :
By far the most common cause of neck pain relates to the effects of poor posture. In order to understand the impact of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment within the neck is so important.
Your head weighs about 5 kgs and in normal alignment, it is very carefully balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Your muscles work very hard to maintain this position and easily withstand short periods of variation. The problem arises when we assume awkward positions for prolonged periods, the fine balance is disturbed and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and discs of your neck become strained and irritated. In fact, the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 cmâ€™s that your head is forward! Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulates to a point where it becomes chronic and even the smallest changes in posture cause significant effects. Coupled with the stresses and demands of modern life, it is no surprise why neck pain is so common.
Other common causes of neck pain include whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries.
Treatment of Neck Pain :
Thankfully, Physical therapy offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. After conducting a complete history, orthopedic and neurological examination, your Physical Therapist will recommend a course of treatment that aims to reduce pressure, restore movement and prevent recurrence. Typically, your Physical Therapist will recommend the following:
- 1. Postural advice and how to avoid further strain
- 2. A series of spinal mobilizations to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
- 3. Massage to tight neck muscles
- 4. Neck exercises to encourage improved movement
- 5. Neck strengthening exercises
- 6. Heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
- 7. Recommend a contoured pillow to provide correct support while sleeping.
Physical Therapy for Sciatica and Sicatic Nerve Pain Sufferers:
Physical Healthcare provides Physical Therapy for sciatica and sciatic nerve pain.
About Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain :
Our Physical Therapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have terrific results.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in itsâ€™ intensity and frequency, however, usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or ” electric shock ” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatica pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.
Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.
Causes of Sciatica :
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.
Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including:
- Piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve).
- Spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction.
- Herniated disc, disc prolapse.
- Poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress.
- Poor lifting technique and poor bending habits.
- Spinal compressions due to osteoporosis.
Diagnosis of Sciatica :
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physical Therapists’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.
Physical Therapy treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopedic and neurological examination. Posture pro scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.
Treatment of Sciatica :
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Physical Therapy treatment aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:
- Spinal mobilizations
- Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
- Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
- Advice in relation to how to minimize pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.
If you are suffering from sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early..please contact us to begin your care today!.
Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain :
Physical Healthcare provides physiotherapy for shoulder pain.
About Shoulder Pain :
Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is, therefore, less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions such as Vertebral Dysfunction commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.
Physical Therapists Can Assist With the Following Shoulder Conditions :
- Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness.
- Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension.
- Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains.
- Frozen Shoulder.
- Arthritis of the Shoulder.
Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain :
In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, your Physical therapist will conduct a full physical, orthopedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain. It may also be necessary to undergo specialized diagnostic tests.
Treatment of Shoulder Pain :
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilize the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your Physical therapist will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.
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Physical Therapy For Lower Back Pain Sufferers
ThaiChin Healthcare provides physical for lower back pain