During September and October, 2016, the physiotherapists at Total Physio Albany helped 40 out of 48 patients lose their headaches. That’s a whopping 83% success rate. Yes, it’s true and it could be you!
Did you know three out of every five people reading this are likely to have headaches? And there now seems to be a never-ending list of different pills and potions available today that supposedly may get rid of these headaches…Read more
A Cervical Headache is typically described as a constant, steady, dull ache often only on one side of the head, but can be both. You may feel like there is a gripping or pulling feeling around the base of your neck.
Cervical Headaches is a term used to describe headaches caused by abnormalities of the joints, muscles, fascia and neural structures of the cervical region. According to the International Headache Society, if you have reduced range of movement at the neck joint, change in muscle tone around the neck, and abnormal tenderness in the musculature then you may suffer from Cervicogenic Headaches…. Read more
Alongside back pain, shoulder impingement is one of the most common presenting problems in physiotherapy.
A patient will present with a clicking/grinding type sensation during specific movements of their shoulder. Typically, these movements are overhead activities, especially during movements around shoulder height. Common sports prone to such issues include swimming, tennis and regular gym goers, and can occur at all ages…Read more
Are you experiencing intermittent or chronic pain at the base of your heel, especially while walking, jogging, or running?
You might have a heel spur…Read more
Pain in the ball of your foot when walking? Burning or tingling sensation you can’t seem to shift?
You may have Morton’s Neuroma…Read more
You might have the carpal tunnel syndrome… Read more
One of the most common forms of upper limb fracture is a Colles’ fracture.
This occurs at the wrist and is very common after a fall on an outstretched hand. At your wrist joint you have two bones from your forearm and multiple small bones in your hand. When you fall onto an outstretched hand very commonly the distal end of your radius bone is fractured…Read more
A tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the fluid within a sheath that surrounds a tendon. This tendon normally glides up and down the sheath as you use that muscle. With overuse, however, the fluid that surrounds the tendon can become inflamed and thickened…Read more
Over a lifetime the incidence of lower back pain is estimated at well over 50%, with a yearly incidence estimated at around 5%. Of new presenting patients to medical professionals, around 15% are reported to be for lower back pain. The intervertebral disc is reported to be a more frequent cause of lower back pain that muscular of ligamentous strain/sprain…Read more
Are you experiencing altered sensation, or severe or progressive weakness or numbness in the lower extremities, urinary or bowel incontinence, lower back pain and sharp stubbing pain in the leg? … Read more
“Are you experiencing widespread heightened pain and fatigue?”
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by multiple symptoms. The primary symptom is widespread heightened pain in multiple regions of the body. It is believed that fibromyalgia amplifies your pain receptors via the mechanism that your brain receives these messages. Interestingly women are more commonly affected than men….Read more
Have you noticed 1 or more of your fingers have become bent and you are unable to straighten it?
You may have a Dupuytren contracture.
A nodule may have developed over the past months or years, and is now causing your finger to bend. If it is now affecting daily life when gripping or trying to use your hand, a physiotherapist can help to maintain range of motion, strength and function of your hand…Read more
Do you have a winging scapula? Has physio tried to correct your posture with no improvement?
You may have a Long Thoracic Nerve Injury.
The long thoracic nerve arises from the lower part of your neck, and supplies to serratus anterior muscle. The serratus anterior muscle is very important in controlling your shoulder blade position, and thus the function of your shoulder. Damage to this nerve may occur from trauma in the neck or shoulder pit region, and can cause excessive winging as shown in the diagram…Read more
Are you an adolescent with sore knees and lumps just under your knee cap on the shin bone?
You might have the Osgood-Schlatter Disease (OSD)
Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports – are at an increased risk for this condition…Read more
You may have common peroneal nerve Palsy.
The common peroneal nerve is a branch of the sciatic nerve, which supplies movement and sensation to the lower leg, foot and toes…. Read more
You may have a trigger finger.
Trigger finger, also called stenosing tenosynovitis, is a painful condition that causes the fingers or thumb to catch or lock when bent. It can also happen in the thumb…Read more
One of the biggest indicators that a client has plantar fasciitis is that they report worst pain straight after they wake up. This condition is characterised by inflammation of the band of connective tissue on the sole of your foot that runs all the way to your toes. When you go to bed your foot stays static for an extended period of time, during which the plantar fascia tightens up. When you go to walk first thing of a morning, the band has to stretch, and doesn’t like doing so! You therefore experience sharp pain immediately, but as you walk more and loosen up, this pain begins to dissipate. Often you also find that the pain begins to worsen towards the end of the day, as you have been on your foot for too long, inflaming the plantar fascia. This cycle repeats itself over a period of days, weeks and often months, usually worsening over time with no end in sight. If this pattern sounds familiar to you…Read more
Sudden bouts of dizziness and nausea type symptoms can come from multiple causes.
One such cause is from a system locate in your inner ear. This is called your vestibular system, and its purpose is to detect your heads location in its special surroundings…Read more