What do we treat?

We treat many different conditions at our clinic; each will have different issues for our patients. The commonly occurring conditions we regularly treat are listed below:

Back Pain

Did you know back pain is so common that it affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their life? With thorough assessment, investigation and considered intervention, our team at the W6 Physiotherapy can ensure the maximization of comfort and a speedy recovery.

There are many causes of back pain; the main ones are listed below.

  • slipped disc
  • facet joint syndrome
  • non-specific lower back pain
  • muscle imbalance (weak or short overactive muscles)
  • nerve impingement
  • SIJ (Sacroiliac Joint) disorder
  • Lumbar strain
  • postural dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • spondylolisthesis

Neck Pain

From day to day there are great stresses imposed on your neck, being the most mobile section of your spine. Impairment of your neck’s normal function can be extremely debilitating, so the experience of our team will be of great importance in guiding you through managing any potential causes.

  • wry neck
  • whiplash
  • stenosis
  • postural dysfunction
  • nerve impingement
  • inappropriate workplace set-up

Muscular Tears, Sprains & Strains

Acute injuries occur as a result of a sudden impact or awkward movement. Often, these will repair independently without the need for intervention. However, specialist advice and treatment can speed up recovery, reduce painful debilitating symptoms, and prevent the re-occurrence of future injuries.

Shoulder Injury

Below are some of the common conditions that can cause problems with your shoulder:

  • frozen shoulder
  • shoulder impingement
  • rotator cuff dysfunction
  • subluxation / dislocation
  • tendonitis
  • overuse/misuse
  • shoulder blade stabilising muscle’s weakness
  • repetitive overhead activity

Elbow Dysfunction

Developed when inappropriate technique is used in sports such as tennis or golf but can also be caused by overuse at the office (e.g. poor keyboard, mouse, chair set-up)

  • tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • repetitive strain injuries (RSI)

These conditions are regularly seen at our clinic and effective relief can be attained through physiotherapy.

Wrist Problems

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • ligament strains
  • fractures

Hip Problems

Hip problems can develop gradually or suddenly. Knowing the nature of the injury (degenerative, traumatic, mechanical) often leads to an accurate diagnosis.
Below are common problems affecting the hip joint:

  • bursitis
  • referred nerve pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • tendonitis
  • strains ( Labral tears)

Knee Problems

Knees are commonly an area of the body injured due to the complexity of their design and the ferocity of forces passing through them. Physiotherapy will help you to manage correctly any acute injuries such as meniscal tears, Iliotibial band (ITB), Friction Syndrome and Ligament injuries, as well as the more degenerative injuries such as arthritis and anterior knee pain, and assist rapid restoration to baseline activity levels.

Ankle Injuries

Poor biomechanics of the ankles/feet can cause pain or injury in another area of the body such as knees, hip or lower back.Good biomechanics of the lower extremity is crucial for a healthy skeletal system. Ankles and feet are very often overlooked during assessment causing a delay in the recovery process. This can be very frustrating for the patient.

We make sure that issues such as over pronating heels (flat feet) and stiff ankles are addressed during the course of the treatment. In many cases gait analysis or a podiatrist assessment should be an integral part of the recovery process for patients suffering from lower limb injuries.

Below are some problems that can affect your feet or ankles:

  • achilles tendonitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • sprained ankle

Joint Stiffness

Joint stiffness can affect any joint within the body creating considerable discomfort and limitation of activity. Appropriate joint mobilisations or manipulations are often used to deal with joint stiffness.A feeling that the joint is more supple and mobile is often noted immediately after physiotherapy treatment.

Techniques used at the Back Pain Group are based on the Maitland concept of manipulative physiotherapy.

Headaches

Headaches are frequently of a musculoskeletal origin and therefore detailed assessment of your neck, skull and jaw can resolve longstanding sources of concern.

  • cervicogenic headaches – pain originating from the neck
  • trigger points
  • tension type headaches

Tension, Tightness & Soreness

Sore and tight muscles and joints can occur for a number of reasons:

  • postural dysfunction
  • overuse Injury
  • muscle fatigue
  • delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • biomechanical faults
  • muscle Imbalance

Muscles and body tissues can become shortened and overactive, or lengthened and weak.

This relationship can spiral, leading to considerable discomfort. Treatment of tense, tight and sore muscles may require in-depth analysis to determine the underpinning reason. Our expert staff can identify the root causes of your symptoms and rehabilitate to ensure that once treated, an injury free state is maintained.

Short term your priority may simply be to ease symptoms and increase comfort. This can often be achieved through professional massage, myofascial release and other therapeutic modalities, which are offered at the clinic.

The conditions and causes of pain stated above are not exhaustive. Our team at the W6 Physiotherapy are highly experienced in the management of these and many more conditions.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in any part of your body, why not:

How to avoid backpain

  • maintain correct weight
  • keep your abdominal muscles strong
  • use a firm mattress
  • use correct lifting technique by squatting down in knee-bend and keeping back upright.
  • always slow getting from forward bending to upright position.
  • stretching and warming-up before any physical activity (sports).
  • keep correct posture (correct way to sit and stand)
  • swimming is the best sport, it can help to reduce or prevent back pain (A and B-crawl).

PLEASE NOTE; the above may help or prevent but we will provide each patient with individual indications and exercises addressing their condition.