Physiotherapy is evidence-based

Science asks and answers questions by making observations and performing experiments. It searches for cause and effect relationships in nature. As a science-based practise, physiotherapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses and tests them against available data. Physiotherapy aims at promoting, restoring and maintaining physical health. Physiotherapy treatments are formulated after extensive research and observations before …

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Soft tissue injury prevention

Soft tissue is the name given to muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin. All of these tissues can be injured as we go through the normal business of life, however, in some cases, a single forceful movement can damage the soft tissue. Also, if we use one part of our body constantly, that part may become …

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Back pain

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is common among athletes who strain their back muscles or it may be the result of spinal injuries such as fractures or sprains. Accidents, falls and direct blows to the back can also cause back pain. However, many people report …

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Total and partial knee replacements

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative disease that wears out the cartilage of the knee, leading to pain, difficulty walking and deformity. In some cases, exercise, pain medications and lifestyle changes such as losing weight and not eating certain foods have proven successful in controlling the disease. However, if the cartilage is completely worn …

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Ankle sprains

The ankle is the joint between the lower parts of the tibia and fibula (shin bones) and the tarsal bones at the back of the foot. It is crisscrossed by several ligaments that can become injured when the ankle has a sudden twist that stretches the ligaments beyond their normal range. The most common type …

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Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a fibrous tissue that provides support for the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber for the foot. It inserts into the heel bone (calcaneus) and runs along the length of the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the plantar fascia near its …

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Referrals not necessary

Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor’s referral before attending physiotherapy. However, if you are planning on claiming your injury through an insurance company, especially if it is a work-related injury or an injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident then it is necessary to see your …

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Knee injuries

The knee joint is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and the joint capsule. This anatomy lends itself to a multiple of injuries ranging from ACL tears to other ligament sprains and tendon strains. Direct trauma, as well as wear and tear, also contributes to some knee injuries. Most knee injuries will usually …

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