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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Netball injuries

Netball is a game that calls for fast movements, lots of jumping and throwing and quick changes in direction. As a result, injuries of the foot and knee are very common. Being physically fit is not enough. Athletes should practise good jumping and landing techniques as well as warming up thoroughly and cooling down after …

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Common myths about physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a specialised and useful mode of treatment, which helps recovery from neuromuscular injuries and joint conditions, among other health problems and complaints. Some people think of physiotherapists as either drill sergeants or glorified exercise coaches. However, physiotherapists are highly trained professionals who have studied the design, structure and function of bones, muscles, ligaments …

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Benefits of physiotherapy

Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy. The profession addresses orthopaedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Many physiotherapists consult in private practice and we treat a wide array of conditions. Orthopaedic cases (this includes sports injuries, fractures, spinal pain and headaches to name …

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