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  • It’s heating up!   In what is shaping up to be a very hot summer indeed, one of the key things to consider when undertaking sports or activities are the effects of heat on the body.  As the temperature rises above 35°C (hot day), the......

  • What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the foot and heel affecting both athletes and members of the general public. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the base of the heel and supports the muscles and......

  • Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis is a common condition that affects a large amount of the population, particularly those of working age. It comes as a result of repetitive movement or mechanical overuse in the wrist and forearm muscles. This overuse or overload places a......

  • Tendinopathies of the lower limb are particularly common among runners and running based sports. The nature of these sports expose our limbs to high repetitive loads; this can increase the risk of tendon overuse in the lower extremity. The most commonly affected tendons are –......

  • What is spinal stenosis? The spinal cord, nerves and arteries are housed by the spine, which acts as a hard-electrical casing to support and protect these vulnerable structures. The spine has a hollow column that allows the spinal cord to run from the brain to......

  • What is an ACL tear and how does it occur? The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a strong piece of connective tissue, which attaches the thigh bone (femur) to your leg bone (tibia). The ACL provides stability to the knee joint as it prevents......

  • It is not uncommon in a clinical setting to have patients consult us with nonspecific lower back pain. This is the type of pain that may or may not have had a trigger and may or may not have consistently reproducible aggravating factors. The type......

  • In years gone by an individual who sustains an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture has been managed with surgical interventions. Recently however there seems to have been a push for research and investigations into the non-operative management of ACL ruptures with some arguing that it......

  • The choice to undergo a total knee replacement is one that is best planned collaboratively with your orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist.  One of the main points that we like to get across is that the surgery itself will help the structure of the knee, but the real......

  • I recently listened to a podcast by a brilliant UK physiotherapist by the name of Tom Jesson about the different terminology surrounding back related leg pain and what it all means. I’m sure everyone has heard the term sciatica but what does this mean? Often......

  • What is a meniscus? Our meniscus, or menisci, are horseshoe shaped pieces of fibrocartilage that sit between the end of the femur (thigh) and the top of the tibia (shin) in our knees. In each knee, we have a medial (inner side of knee) and......

  • Managing your training load above all else could be the most important consideration for all runners, or any sports persons for that matter. Up to 70% of all runners sustain an overuse injury in a given 12 month period. Therefore, given that overuse injuries are......

  • Knee pain comes in many forms with many different causes. While treatment for every person and condition will be different in each case, here are a few tips that may help to reduce knee pain throughout the day. Choose supportive footwear One of the biggest......

  • What is it? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disease that affects almost all the joints of the body. The knees are some of the most commonly affected joints, with many people experiencing at least a small degree of osteoarthritis over the age of......

  • Having explored some of the general benefits of sleep and tips on improving sleep quality (see blogs The Power of Sleep – Part 1 and 2) we will now look at the importance of sleep in our athletic population. A study by Milewski and colleagues......

  • We’ve now heard about some of the powerful benefits of sleep yet some of us still struggle to get the recommended 8 hours a night. So, what can we do about this? Below we will explore 12 tips for healthy sleep. Stick to a sleep......

  • Sleep is a fundamental and vitally important process for daily function yet in today’s modern society it is often neglected. On average Australian’s will indulge in 7 hours of sleep during a week day and sometimes a little longer on weekends however there are some......

  • The adductor muscles are a group of five muscles located on the inside of the thigh that act to move the hip inwards or control hip movements outwards. These muscles also provide stability to the pelvis while standing, walking and running. The muscles attach to......

  • What is it? Bursae are small sacs of fluid found throughout the body. These bursae produce synovial fluid and act to reduce friction between muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones as they move over each other. Bursae are located at strategic points, typically where there are......

  • Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries and most people have experienced one at least once in their lifetime. While they are common, this doesn’t lessen their negative impacts. Surprisingly, having poor balance might be increasing your risk of ankle sprains. Here......

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  • One of the regular questions we receive in the clinic, particularly in the Good Living with Arthritis: Denmark (GLA:D) program, is whether participants should exercise or attend the class when they are experiencing pain. In relation to aches and pains that are not traumatic or......

  •   What is it? FAI is a clinical disorder that describes the contact between the femoral head (ball) and acetabulum (socket) of the hip. This process alone does not cause pain however when coupled with vigorous, repetitive, excessive or restricted hip movement pain may occur......

  • Shin splints are a common lower limb injury in individuals that partake in running or impact sports. “Shin Splints” is a collective term used to describe a number of conditions that fall under “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” (MTSS). Generally shin pain arises from either or......

  • What is it? Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised by widespread pain throughout the body along with fatigue, memory problems, sleep and mood disorders. Sufferers of fibromyalgia often spend years trying to find a diagnosis that fits their many symptoms and fluctuate between periods of......

  • Over the years since I, Dave Rossiter, graduated as a Physiotherapist, I have noticed a significant change in the way people with knee osteoarthritis have been advised to manage their condition.  In my first role as a graduate rotational physiotherapist at the Albury Base Hospital......

  • With so many different types of running shoes available, it can be hard to know what to look for and which one will suit your activity and foot type. Should you go for a minimalist shoe or an anti-pronating shoe? A pure running shoe or......

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability in older adults and can severely impact quality of life. Obesity is a major risk factor for development of OA as the extra weight increases the load on the joint.   Approximately, 80% of affected individuals have......

  • If you are experiencing regular neck pain that just won’t go away, it’s possible that parts of your daily routine are contributing without you realising. Here are a few common everyday activities that might be making your neck pain worse. Your sleeping position It’s easy......

  • You’ve probably seen all the news reports and read the paper about how bad sitting all day at work is for you? But is it really that bad? Short answer YES! Let’s break it down, you wake up, sit down to have breakfast, make your......

  • What is the Soleus muscle? Your calves are actually made up of 2 muscles. The first muscle is the commonly known gastrocnemius (the large bulkier muscle) in your lower limb. The second muscle is your soleus. Both muscles are extremely important for ankle stability and......

  • Last week we posted a video on our Facebook page of an incredible 84 year old woman who is completing strength training exercises as part of her rehab program following muscle tears in the shoulder. Her initial shoulder injury can be attributed to frailty –......

  • A gluteal tendinopathy is characterised by pain on the outside of the hip. The main cause of a gluteal tendinopathy is thought to be too much activity including different activities that the body is usually unaccustomed to or too little activity Other risk factorsfor a......

  • Groin pain in athletes is an umbrella term used to describe pain on the inside of the thigh often associated with sporting activities that involve kicking, skating and change of direction (Thorborg et al., 2018). The exact cause of groin pain often falls under one......

  • We often get asked “why should I see a physiotherapist”. Physiotherapists are allied health professionals that are skilled at assessing, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries and medical conditions, from lower back pain and knee pain to headaches and nerve symptoms. We can also......

  • With term 1 definitely into full swing, it is a good time to review your children’s backpacks to ensure healthy wearing habits are forming for the new school year.  I can remember back to when I was in high school in particular, where it was......

  • Your posture is one of the first things other people notice about you and can affect so much more in your life than just spinal health. Healthy posture has been linked to better respiratory health and has even been shown to affect your confidence. In......

  • We often see patients in the clinic who work physically demanding jobs, but this doesn’t always seem to correlate with their physical health and fitness. I guess if makes sense, if that were the case, why weren’t all farmers, mechanics or builders ripped and toned? Holtermann......

  • What is it? A ring of flexible, fibrous connective tissue, known as the glenohumeral labrum, surrounds the shoulder joint. This labrum increases the stability of the shoulder while allowing for the required flexibility of one of the bodies’ most sophisticated joints. One well-known muscle of......

  • Have you often heard of osteoarthritis being described as a ‘wear and tear’ condition of the joint?  It is a common misconception that osteoarthritis is a condition based only on heavy or repetitive loads going through the joints, over years and years of our working......

  • There’s always a vibrant hum in the gym in the early months of the year. Everyone has set goals and resolutions to get fitter, faster and stronger. It’s usually a case of more training, or an increase in intensity in the hope of quicker results.......

  • Most tissues in the body have healed completely in six to 12 weeks following an injury, however, many people have severe pain that lasts much longer than this. We know that the intensity of the pain you feel is not always associated with a similar......

  • After exercise, do you cool down? Go for a light jog after an event or game, do a couple of slow laps in the pool or a walk after a training session? Many of us do a short period of light to moderate intensity exercise after......

  • The majority of ACL injuries are sustained whilst playing sport. Therefore it is no surprise that patients typical goal is to return to sport as quickly as possible with the aim to play at the same standard/level as pre-injury. There are many different return to......

  • What is it? Our knees are complex hinge joints, designed to provide stability from side to side and smooth movement forwards and back as you walk, kick and run. The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone embedded in the tendon of the quadriceps muscle......

  • Do you have foot pain that is slowing you down?   You may be experiencing plantar fascia pain or plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people will experience plantar fascia pain in their lifetime. Generally, plantar fascia......

  • There is no doubt that the human body can be very resilient. Our bodies are capable of recovering from large amounts of damage, including broken bones. With this in mind, many people are happy to let nature take it’s course following an injury, thinking that......

  • Being active is one the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle and there are many different ways to get your heart rate up. No matter what your choice of activity is, there is always some risk of injury. In this blog, we have listed......

  • What is it? A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone that generally occurs due to repetitive or excessive loading (Patel, Roth, & Kapil, 2011). Most people complain of localised pain that worsens with activity and settles with rest however as a fracture......

  • According to the World Health Orgainsation (2013), it is estimated that up to 50% of people globally have suffered from a current headache disorder (symptomatic at least once within the last year).  The current WHO classifications of headache disorders include: Migraine (primary headache) Tension Type Headache......

  • Neck & Back Pain – what causes it? We see a lot of people in our clinic who complain of neck and upper back tightness. Often, this is a result of a lack of muscle strength in the muscles whose job it is to hold......

  • Our muscles play an important role in the movement of our body. Without our muscles, we wouldn’t be able to bend our elbow or straighten our leg. As our muscles are soft and designed for flexibility, they are also prone to injury and if you......

  • What is it? Patella tendinopathy, also known as jumper’s knee, is an overuse injury which is characterised by pain at the base of the patella (kneecap) with activities such as squatting, sitting or going up and down stairs. The condition is known as jumpers’ knee......

  • What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis) that attach from the shoulder blade to the top of the arm and collectively act to improve the stability of the shoulder (Vollans & Ali,......

  • What is it? The biceps brachii muscle, commonly known as the biceps, sits between the shoulder and elbow.   It has two parts: the long head and short head.  These come together to form the main muscle bulk, which is the “Popeye” part of your upper......

  • Low Back Pain (LBP) affects up to 80% of the Western population throughout the course of their life.  Many people do not have any preceding events to cause this back pain, although specific injuries can also initiate your symptoms. Lower back pain constitutes almost half......

  • Where is your pain really coming from? Have you ever been to see a physiotherapist for pain in one part of your body and when they treated you, they focused on a completely different area? While this can be a strange experience, it can be......

  • What is it?   Almost everyone has twisted their ankle at some in their life; in fact, it is one of the most common reasons for people to visit an emergency department. Technically an ankle sprain has occurred when an ankle twists, causing damage to......

  • A lot of people put off booking in to see a physiotherapist because they don’t want someone to tell them to STOP exercising. Stopping exercise isn’t always the solution. It doesn’t necessarily solve the problem and sometimes stopping exercise can actually make certain injuries worse. ......

  • When I travelled with the ACT Hockey teams to Nationals I was responsible for running our ‘morning walk and stretch’ sessions. Asking 18 under 21 year old athletes to ‘stretch’, without clear direction, failed miserably and you can only do so many standard calf and......

  • At Enhance, we want our young athletes to have the best possible chance at achieving success. In conjunction with our physiotherapist, sport scientist and personal trainer Kristy, we have designed our athlete development program. Kristy has worked closely with elite Hockey, Netball and AFL players......

  • Am I injured or just really sore? Now that footy and netball season are underway there is likely to be a few sore bodies getting around.  But how do you know whether you’re sore or actually injured? Following exercise our bodies can pull up with......

  • CONCUSSION: Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is defined as a complex process affecting the brain, caused by external mechanical forces. What causes a concussion? A concussion is caused by a force transmitted to the head or body, which causes movement of brain tissue......

  • With the start of the winter sport season fast approaching, it is a good idea to start getting your recovery plans in order!  The hyperbaric chamber and float tanks are used in professional sport from the NBA to the AFL.  Today’s blog is on the......

  • What is a Hyperbaric Chamber and what does it do? Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga is home to the only Hyperbaric Chamber on the border! Our Hyperbaric Chamber provides specialised Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which involves breathing concentrated levels of oxygen in a pressurised chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen......

  • PREHABILITATON BEFORE REHABILITATION!! Prehabilitation or widely known as “Prehab” refers to an exercise based program individually designed to either prepare the person for surgery or as a approach of injury prevention in sport, the workplace and or everyday functional activities.   SURGERY: Prehabilitation is affective......

  • At a recent conference we attended on the management of tendon injuries, it was clear how poorly tendon injuries are treated in the community.  The worst thing you can do for a tendon is REST!   A tendon is the tissue that connects muscle belly......

  • What is a Float Tank and what does it do? Since the opening of our Float Tank Centre in Albury we have been inundated with questions about what a Float Tank is and what it does! Our float tank is a light-proof, sound-insulated capsule which......

  • The water cooler discussions at Enhance Physiotherapy of recent times has included ACL injuries in the AFLW competition.  We predicted a huge increase in ACL injuries given that female athletes are x5 more likely to rupture there ACL than males due to structural and hormonal......

  • Todays blog is on Low Back Pain and the 3 hot tips to reduce your Low Back Pain.   In the last month we have been doing a number of talks at locals gyms and the one question that we always get asked is ‘’how......

  • Matt Lewington from Enhance Physiotherapy Albury Wodonga speaking about tendon pain and how to best treat tendons to get you back achieving your goals faster! Whether it be your achilles, patella tendon, lateral hip, shoulder or elbow – tendon pain can be very debilitating when......

  • *** SPORTS TAPING COURSE *** Saturday the 4th of November 9.00am – 11.00am Located at the Enhance Physiotherapy Clinic: 550 Smollett St Albury. Ideal for sports trainers heading into preseason. Please contact the clinic on 02 6041 3609 to secure your place. Learn from physiotherapists......

  • As physiotherapists who work closely with sports teams and the Australian Defence Force, a fair proportion of our work consists of loading issues.   “The Envelope of Function” is a great analogy, when discussing injuries related to loading.  If the load fits within your “Envelope......

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  • Headaches are one of the most prevalent conditions in society! They cause missed days at work, unproductive days due to clouded judgement and thinking, irritability, low moods and most importantly they negatively affect your quality of life.   It’s common for headache sufferers to bounce......

  • Patellofemoral Pain (PFP) is „anterior knee pain that is aggravated by activities such as jumping, landing and kicking, and is almost always alleviated with the cessation of the aggravating activity. „PFP is common, accounting for 11-17% of all knee pain presentations to general practice and it......

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) causes short, intense bouts of dizziness or vertigo associated with quick head movements, rolling over in bed, or getting up in the morning.  Most people report acute episodes of nausea during or shortly after these dizziness attacks. BPPV occurs when......

  • Hamstring rehabilitation. With footy pre-season commencing, hamstring injuries become more prevalent.  It is just not the older guys that are getting injuries! Too often we see a very basic rehabilitation for hamstring injuries.  We feel this is linked to such a high reoccurrence rate.  Each......

  • Our team at Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga are highly skilled in the management of running injuries.  Being runners ourselves, we know the full effect injury has on our physical and mental health. We find that most people are taught to kick a football, or swing a......

  • Welcome to the first on many blogs from the team at Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga.  The first topic we would like to discuss is our involvement with the Australian Defence Force.   Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga provides quality service to the team at the Blamey Barrocks in......

  • MENS HEALTH: Male Incontinence – an issue to be talked about Welcome to Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga! My name is Matt Lewington and I am Enhance Physiotherapy’s Men’s Health physio. With Men’s Health in the spotlight throughout November with initiatives such as Movember, what better time......

It’s heating up!   In what is shaping up to be a very hot summer indeed, one of the key things to consider when undertaking sports or activities are the effects of heat on the body.  As the temperature rises above 35°C (hot day), the body has...

What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the foot and heel affecting both athletes and members of the general public. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the base of the heel and supports the muscles and arch...

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis is a common condition that affects a large amount of the population, particularly those of working age. It comes as a result of repetitive movement or mechanical overuse in the wrist and forearm muscles. This overuse or overload places a...

Tendinopathies of the lower limb are particularly common among runners and running based sports. The nature of these sports expose our limbs to high repetitive loads; this can increase the risk of tendon overuse in the lower extremity. The most commonly affected tendons are -...

What is spinal stenosis? The spinal cord, nerves and arteries are housed by the spine, which acts as a hard-electrical casing to support and protect these vulnerable structures. The spine has a hollow column that allows the spinal cord to run from the brain to...

What is an ACL tear and how does it occur? The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a strong piece of connective tissue, which attaches the thigh bone (femur) to your leg bone (tibia). The ACL provides stability to the knee joint as it prevents...

In years gone by an individual who sustains an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture has been managed with surgical interventions. Recently however there seems to have been a push for research and investigations into the non-operative management of ACL ruptures with some arguing that it...

The choice to undergo a total knee replacement is one that is best planned collaboratively with your orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist.  One of the main points that we like to get across is that the surgery itself will help the structure of the knee, but the real...

I recently listened to a podcast by a brilliant UK physiotherapist by the name of Tom Jesson about the different terminology surrounding back related leg pain and what it all means. I’m sure everyone has heard the term sciatica but what does this mean? Often the...