Babies, infants and children/teens are assessed and treated for developmental disorders, musculoskeletal injuries or following orthopeadic surgery.
We are skilled in a multitude of musculoskeletal problems, such as, but not limited to, Scoliosis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, hypermobility, Severs Disease, Os Good Schlatters to name but a few from the endless list of possibilities
If your child is injured and requires orthopaedic surgery, we can care for them pre and post op to make sure they rehabilitate well from procedures like ACL repairs, menisectomies, shoulder stabilisation, following surgery to fix bone fractures or to remove tumours.
Young children are very active and are prone to injury – either trauma or just plain old overuse. Ligament sprains, joint dislocations, fractures are just some of the problems we can treat.
We also work with long term physical developmental issues resulting from Cerebral Palsy, DCD (developmental coordination disorder) and brain injuries.
North Wollongong Physiotherapy knows that the early assessment and effective management of an acute sports injury is vital for effective rehabilitation. Rest assured, we want you to return to your sport as urgently as you do and we have a lot of experience in insuring this happens.
We provide everything you need in terms of diagnosing and treating your sports injury, educating you on the best exercises and all the things you should avoid in order to recover quickly. We can refer you for x-rays, or scans as appropriate.
Post surgery and sports injury rehabilitation is a large and important part of our work.
Whether you’re recovering from total knee replacement surgery or a sports injury, we aim to have you rehabilitated as quickly as possible but also work to prevent further injury or problems. As well, we provide treatment and support to ensure you do not sustain any other injuries that your initial problem can leave you predisposed to.
As part of your rehabilitation treatment we may include some of the following: Soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations, acupuncture and dry needling, a full range of appropriate exercises including, activation, strengthening and stretching as well as balance and proprioception training. We also use sport specific drills to ensure you are fit and ready to return to full performance.
By far the most common musculoskeletal condition that we diagnose and treat is lower back pain. 70-90% of people will suffer from back pain at some point during their life. If you’re looking for more information you can read about it here.
We also rehabilitate conditions such as:
- Neck pain and associated headaches
- Thoracic pain
- Neuralgia (nerve pain) including Sciatica
- Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
- Shoulder injuries, both acute and overuse problems
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Hip pain- including trochanter bursitis
- All work related injuries
Imagine all the benefits of regular pilates, but instead you have an individualised program devised by a physiotherapist who has undergone additional training Level 1- 4 DMA clinical pilates. We perform a full and detailed physiotherapy assessment, taking into consideration that everyone is unique and has a preference for different movements. We work with this knowledge and the assessment results to provide a unique program for you, utilising a pilates reformer and floor based exercises as appropriate. Because of the depth of clinical knowledge being applied, we aim to reduce the risk of re injury and maximise your recovery.
Pre Injury Sports Screening
Did you know that current research supports the idea that non-contact sports injuries occur as a result of your own biomechanical imbalances? And did you know that it’s possible to assess your body for these imbalances using a detailed musculoskeletal assessment and video analysis?
The result is that we then provide you with a detailed report and an individualised “prehab” plan. This is a group of exercises that you integrate into your regular training program. These individualised programs are designed to counteract your weaknesses to prevent injuries occuring and maximise your performance.
This is also known as Aquatic Physiotherapy. It involves the use of manual therapy, exercises and positioning in the warm water. Hydrotherapy can decrease pain and swelling and increase function, strength and range of movement. It can be especially helpful for patients with osteoarthritis and post orthopaedic surgery.
Acupuncture and dry needling
Acupuncture and Dry Needling is used in physiotherapy for musculoskeletal pain and to decrease muscle tension. It will always be used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques as part of your overall treatment plan.