Back pain is one of the commonest musculoskeletal problems in our modern society. According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics more than 16% of Australians have back pain at any time. At least 90% of the population will suffer from some type of back pain at some time in their life. Back pain causes pain and disability and can cause excessive down time from work and normal daily activities. At least 14% of people will go on to having persistent back pain.
The causes of back pain are many and varied. Back pain can result from so many of our ordinary activities, like ‘picking up a sock’. Activities such as lifting; bending; bending and twisting; sitting; driving especially heavy vehicles and believe it or not even smoking! Obesity can also be a real problem for back pain. You can even get back pain at the gym or in the garden!
If you have back pain that does not resolve quickly then seek help and advice from our Physiotherapists at BHPC Sometimes changing your posture or work situation can change your back pain. Some treatment and exercise as well as posture advice might be all you need.
Cervical Spine pain happens to so many of us and sometimes for no apparent reason. Neck pain can happen even with a simple activity like waking up in the morning! You can have sudden onset neck pain just by quick movements of your head while doing normal activities. Today with the increasing use of computers, tablets and smart phones we are seeing an increase in the incidence of neck pain.
Neck pain may be work related, activity related, the result of a sports injury or the result of a motor vehicle accident or occur for no apparent reason.
Early intervention is the optimal management. Get your life back to normal as quickly as possible by visiting our musculoskeletal physiotherapists at BHPC.
Most of us suffer headaches at sometime, some are simple headaches some are not. At least 15% of our population are known to take medication for the treatment of headaches. The higher risk group seems to be between the ages of 25 and 44 years of age.
Headaches can relate to many things; injury, exercise, activities, motor vehicle accidents, arthritis or for no known reason. Primary headaches can be managed well by seeing a Physiotherapist who is trained in assessing and treating headaches. Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are trained and experienced to treat these headaches.
Vertigo is often described as “feeling like you’re moving when you're not” and is a very common problem within the community. The usual causes of Vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo(BPPV), Meneire’s Disease, and acute vertigo. The symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, headaches and stumbling.
The prognosis for Vertigo generally depends on the cause and the diagnosis is most important. To manage vertigo you need to clarify which type of vertigo you have because that is what predicts the best treatment. We have musculoskeletal physiotherapists trained to assess and manage Vertigo.
Here in Australia Sport is KING, we play all types of sport, we watch it on the screen, we attend games and we love our sport. Sport is an integral part of our social life and our culture. It forms an important part of children’s growth and promotes good health and general well being in the whole community.
Sport however can and does result in injuries. Preparation is an integral part of managing and preventing sports injuries and is where we at BHPC can help. Our combined years working in active sports on and oﬀ the ﬁeld and in managing all types of injuries is over 50 years so we have seen it all. We know our job well and our Sports Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can get you back on the paddock.
WORK RELATED INJURIES
BHPC is a SIRA approved Practice.
BHPC provides quality Health Care and Rehabilitation for injured workers to return them to normal health and prepare them for and efficient and appropriate return to work.
SIRA approved Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists are trained to treat injured workers within a workers compensation environment, focusing on and achieving a safe and long term return to work.
THIRD PARTY INJURIES
BHPC provides its services to those who have been inured in a motor vehicle accident.
We can notify your Insurer that you are having treatment and we liaise with your treating Doctor. BHPC provides evidence based treatment and maintains an open reporting system with your insurer.
With the demands of sport at all levels increasing and becoming more competitive it is becoming more important than ever to ensure that athletes are ﬁt to take the ﬁeld.
Pre-screening is one facet of achieving better performance and preventing injury to avoid athletes spending excessive time on the sideline. It ensures that existing injuries and muscle imbalances can be addressed so that problems do not compound.
At BHPC our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists work together during the screening process in order to identify any existing injuries, muscle imbalances, tightness or muscle weakness; and design an appropriate exercise program that will address these issues for the athlete to ensure they are performing at their peak.
Starting en pointe is such an exciting milestone for any ballet Dancer, but it is important to remember that while pointe is a beautiful art form when done well it is not a normal human function and for that reason correct preparation and a Pre-Pointe Assessment is essential before beginning. At BHPC our Physiotherapists are trained to conduct detailed pre-pointe assessments. This enable us to create training programs to correct their individual biomechanical and technical elements prior to going en-pointe.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is an advanced education for Physiotherapists in the treatment and management musculoskeletal pain.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are trained to diagnose and evaluate your problem quickly and accurately and therefore provide a reduction or relief of your pain.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can then provide you with the strategies you need to manage your pain from injury and to enable you to return to your normal activities as quickly as possible. Patient education relating to your own injury or condition will help you to manage yourself better and improve your general fitness following injury.
At BHPC you will receive an exercise program where applicable, aimed at helping to prevent further injury and allowing you to return to all of the normal activities you enjoy with less risk of further injury.
An exercise physiologist is a university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.
These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. Physiotherapists with an exercise physiology background are the most qualified practitioners able to provide an appropriate exercise program aimed at management and prevention of injuries.
Sports Physiotherapy is a specialised area of Physiotherapy which deals with injuries resulting from any sporting activities.
Sports Physiotherapists are trained in the management of injuries, the recognition of the severity of an injury and the need an athlete might have to return to their sport as soon as it is safe to do so.
Sports Physiotherapists are skilled at diagnosing and treating injuries with the most appropriate method and based on sound evidence and knowledge.
At BHPC all of our Physiotherapists use their manual therapy skills to manage injuries and hasten a return to sport or work. All manner of braces and supports are available when required to hasten a safe return to activities/sport and to prevent further injuries.
BHPC provides rehabilitation following surgery, injury, acute or chronic problems.
Both of our sites have ground level, easy access for persons with disabilities, crutches or wheel chairs. We are equipped to help you following joint replacements, arthroscopic surgery, sports injuries, fractures or reconstructive surgery and in doing so prepare you to return to normal activities or sport.
We have a fully equipped gymnasium where you will be given a full hands on one to one approach to your rehabilitation. You are not part of a class or group, a program will be designed just for your situation by titled physiotherapists and exercise physiologists.
At BHPC we are able to provide necessary immobilisation using plasters or the water proof fiberglass splints.
We are also able to source and supply any brace or guard you may require to enable a safe return to work or to sporting activities.
PRE AND POST OPERATIVE CARE
BHPC works closely with many surgeons both to prepare you for surgery and to help you in progress after surgery and return to your normal daily routine.
Recovery after elective orthopaedic surgery is quicker and easier if you are well prepared for surgery. A suitable exercise regime before a joint replacement for instance will help you to be ready and prepared for rehabilitation after surgery. Discuss your requirements with your surgeon and contact BHPC for an appointment.
BACK PAIN AND PREGNANCY
Pre and Post Natal care can assist you with low back pain or upper back pain during or after your pregnancy.
Musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy can spoil an otherwise joyous time in your life. After you have your baby and you are spending more time bending over and carrying your new baby you may also suffer some back pain and or neck pain. This can be easily addressed by visiting us at BHPC.