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TeleHealth Physiotherapy Consultations – FAQs


 

What is TeleHealth Physiotherapy?

Telehealth physiotherapy is a video-based one-on-one consultation service provided by Strive Physiotherapy to patients who cannot attend the clinic.

 

 

 

Who is suitable for TeleHealth Physiotherapy?

This type of physiotherapy service is suitable for patients who:

  • are in remote locations, not near the clinic
  • have mobility issues
  • are undergoing self-isolation as a result of COVID 19.

 

What does a TeleHealth Physiotherapy consultation involve?

A TeleHealth physiotherapy consultation is ‘virtually’ the same as a clinic consultation.  Via video we will:

  • Assess muscle/joint/tissue restrictions; walking gait, functional movements; pain levels; swelling and bruising
  • Diagnose your injury/health condition based on the assessment and your case history
  • Treat your injury/health condition using a range of tools such as self-mobilisation/tissue release; home-based exercise; pain management/ swelling advice; showing you taping strategies to offload painful joints/tissue; education; and ordering and supplying essential & appropriate physiotherapy products for and to you to manage your injury/condition
  • Provide ongoing follow-up management and care of your injury/condition to keep you moving well.

 

Do I have to be an existing patient to book a TeleHealth Physiotherapy consultation?

No. We offer telehealth physiotherapy consultations to both new and existing patients.

 

How do I book a TeleHealth Physiotherapy consultation?

You can book by phoning reception on (02) 4454 4588 or book online and select ‘TeleHealth’ consultation.

 

Do I need special equipment for a TeleHealth consultation?

You will need:

  • Computer/iphone/ipad
  • Access to the internet
  • Email or mobile phone number so we can send you the link to download the software and your unique access code.

 

What is the charge for a TeleHealth consultation?

Initial TeleHealth physiotherapy consultations are $60 for 30 minutes. Follow-up TeleHealth consultations are $30 for 15 minutes.

 

Can I claim TeleHealth Physiotherapy through Medicare or Private Health Insurance?

Not yet but the Australian Government is currently establishing a rebate for telehealth physiotherapy.  We will update this page, and our Facebook page, when this becomes available.

 

TeleHealth Physiotherapy is a viable, well established and evidence-based way to keep you moving well!

For further information and/or to book an appointment call us on 4454 4588 or book online.

 

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common complaint among patients of all ages.

Knee pain may be the result of:

* an injury, such as a torn cartilage

* mechanical problems such as maltracking of the patella (kneecap)

* or a medical condition, such as osteoarthritis

 

 

The good news is that the majority of knee pain can be alleviated with physiotherapy and ongoing self care.

Symptoms of knee pain

The location and severity of knee pain may vary, depending on the cause. Generally, it will include one or more of the following:

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Redness and/or warm to touch
  • Inability to straighten the knee

 

 

 

There are many different causes of knee pain

 

Injury

  • Tears to ACL and/or meniscus –  Loaded twisting actions of the knee, particularly changing direction awkwardly while running or other load-bearing activities can cause a tear to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and or meniscus (cartilage between the knee).

 

  • Fractures – A fall on the knee or direct blow can break or dislocate the kneecap or bones that make up the knee joint.

 

  • Tendinitis – is inflammation of the one or more tendons of the knee. It is aggravated by movement, particularly going up and downstairs.  It is often due to either high volume or long-term repeated load on the tendon.  Tendinitis is common in runners. And, as we age, the tendons start to become more brittle, making them more vulnerable to increased loads.

 

  • Bursitis – There are 11 bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) around the knee joint.  They can become irritated with prolonged kneeling and/or mechanical irritation or a direct blow to the knee causing pain and swelling around the knee.

 

Mechanical problems

  • Hip/foot pain – Conditions of the hip and/or foot may alter the way you walk, placing more load on the knee joint.

 

  • Iliotibial Band  (ITB) Syndrome – The ITB is a band of connective tissue that extends from the outside of the hip to the outside of the knee.  It can tighten during activities such as running causing lateral knee pain.

 

Medical Conditions

Arthritis.  There are many types of arthritis but two are common causes of knee pain.

 

  • Osteoarthritis is due to wear and tear of the cartilage of the knee

 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes pain and inflammation of multiple joints including the knee.

 

Managing knee pain

Due to the wide variety of causes, it is important to have your knee pain assessed early on by a physiotherapist to determine the source of the pain and implement the appropriate treatment.

This may include manual therapy, ultrasound, taping and bracing, exercise therapy and avoiding the aggravating movements.

 

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For more information call 9819 6151

Top tips for moving well and winter exercise 

Top tips for exercise in the colder months!

 

To avoid injury and illness during winter exercise and sport, you need a slightly different approach during the colder months than you do in summer.

 

 

 

Warm up

Warming up is essential in winter.  Your body takes longer to warm up during winter to ensure adequate blood flow to the muscles before you commence more vigorous exercise.

Warm up can consist of light jogging, dynamic warm-up exercises or a combination of both.  Allow 5-10 minutes to warm up before you commence your sport or exercise.

 

Wear warm layers

If you are exercising outside, make sure you wear warm clothing and/or layers so that you can appropriately change your layers to allow for body (and air temperature) changes.

Compression tights are a great investment for exercising in the winter months.  They enhance blood flow through the leg muscles, helping to prevent fatigue and joint stiffness.

Breathe in through your nose

Inhalation of colder air can cause your bronchial tubes to narrow. This can reduce the capacity of the mucous membranes to stay moist and is exacerbated if you breathe in through your mouth.

Breathing in through your nose gives incoming air an opportunity to be moistened and heated through the nasal mucosa and mouth.  IMPORTANT: If you are asthmatic, it is best to consult your GP regarding training in cold weather.

Cool down

Cooling down is an important part of your winter exercise program.  Cooling down exercises allow your muscles to gradually return to their optimal length-tension relationship and prevent venous pooling of blood in the lower extremities. They also allow your heart rate and breathing to return to a normal level and prevent a build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.

TIP: Make sure you put your layers back on before your cool down exercises to keep your body warm.

 

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The Psoas

The Psoas (Greek for loins) is a long muscle that attaches to both the lumbar spine and pelvis. The primary function of the Psoas is to lift the upper leg towards the body.

But did you know that it also helps bend the trunk sideways (lateral flexion) and helps you get up from a lying down position?

It is a key muscle used in running and also helps with movements at the hip joint.

Tightness in the psoas can lead to pain in the lower back as it can compress the lumbar discs when tight. It can also limit your trunk sideways movements when tight.

Irritation of the psoas can lead to groin and thigh pain.

 

Stretching your Psoas

The sequence below shows you how to do this stretch that will let you know if you have a tight psoas but also give your psoas a well-deserved stretch.

psoas-stretch

The Psoas stretch lengthens the muscles at the front of the hip.

  • To begin, ensure your rear knee is directly under your hip and your front knee is in line with your front heel.
  • Tuck your bottom under and lean forward.
  • For an extra stretch place your hands behind your head and slightly arch your upper back backwards.

More exercises

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Tips for Injury Free Running

Running as an exercise has many benefits including:

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves bone density
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight

It can also be a great stress reliever and great fun, particularly if running with groups, friends or in ‘fun runs’.

Like all sports, you can become injured during running, so here are some helpful tips to keep you injury free and keep you running well.

 

1. Build up your running fitness gradually

Too fast too soon is a recipe for injury in running. You need to give your muscles, tendons and bones to adapt to the stresses of running.

If you are training for an event like the Sydney to Surf:

  • Start your training well in advance (at least 6-8weeks)
  • Start with a jog/walk combination if you are new to running
  • Don’t increase your distance by more than 10-15% each week

 

2. Plan your relative rest

Relative rest is an important part of improving running fitness as it allows your muscles to heal, become stronger and energy systems to regenerate.

  • Relative rest at least every alternate day to allow adequate recovery
  • Allow adequate time frames (blocks) for your body to adapt to your running training schedule eg Week 1-3 weeks build condition for a steady jog, Week 4-6 increase distance, Weeks 6-8 increase speed.
  • Have a relative rest one week or at least a few days before an event.

 

3. Add variety

As you build up your running fitness, if you do the same course, distance and/or speed your body will start to plateau.

Add in interval training or cross training to your running program to build running fitness.

 

4. Warm up

Muscles need to warm up before breaking out into a run. This ensures blood flow to the muscles and temperature is at an optimum before use.

 

5. Cool down

A proper cool down allows your heart rate to return to normal gradually, avoid pooling of blood in your lower limbs and to your body to return to its resting state as efficiently as possible.

 

Don’t stop your run suddenly.

Continue at a walking pace for 2-3 minute after your run.

Do cool down exercises.

For more information

If you need help with developing a running training program tailored to your specific needs, then call us on 9819 6151. We can help keep you running well.

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