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Lower Back Pain – how Physiotherapy can help you!

Low back pain (LBP) is ranked globally as the leading cause of disability (World Health Organisation, 2018). It is estimated that 70-90% of people will suffer from LBP at some stage in their lives. In 2014-15 one in six Australians reported back problems, equating to roughly 3.7 million people nationally (AIWH, 2017).

Generally, lower back pain is something you can avoid and treat with the added knowledge of back education, back care strategies and back exercises.

Physiotherapy can help if…

  • The pain is thought to be mechanical i.e. exacerbated by joint and muscle tests
  • The pain is aggravated by poor movement patterns or postures
  • The pain persists for more than four weeks
  • The chronic pain has not had an active rehabilitation program before

What we do:

  • Thorough musculoskeletal assessment and analysis of faulty movement patterns and postures
  • Manual Therapy: to reduce pain, allowing a quicker return to work and normal activities
  • Home Stretching programs: ‘as above’ puts the patient in control.
  • Core Stabilisation training: Helps to reduce pain and prevent recurrences
  • Postural and ergonomic advice: Enables a faster pain-free return to normal activities
  • Graded Activity and Return to work plans: Step by step plans to help guide patients back to their normal activities as soon as possible
  • Reassurance: Encouragement, advice to stay active, limit fear-avoidance behaviour etc.
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Getting you moving faster!

Whether its returning to the football field, getting ready for your annual ski holiday, making it around 18holes, or simply helping achieve your personal goals of improved mobility, our therapists will get you moving!

Knee Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, with many causes ranging from acute meniscal tears, to ACL rupture and more long term osteoarthritic changes.

An appropriately structured rehabilitation program will get you back in action faster, safer and doing what you do best!

Many of our patients also make the decision to opt for ‘pre-habilitation’, attending Physiotherapy pre operatively to optimise their chances of the best possible outcomes.

Sports and Spinal therapists will work closely with your GPs or Orthopaedic Specialist to ensure you receive ideal management for your individual condition.

If you suffer from knee pain, or have been to your GP for knee related issues, come and arrange an appointment to see us at Sports and Spinal.

We can offer solutions that not only can help relieve your pain, but work towards prevention of your knee pain in the future.

And of course, get you back to achieving your goals in sport and daily life!

For more information on Knee Rehabilitation from sports injury or after surgery, please contact your local Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy location to arrange a consultation to see one of our Knee Physios.

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Neurological Physiotherapy

What Is Neurological Physiotherapy?
Neurological Physiotherapy involves the treatment of clients with disorders of movement, posture and function that arise from impairments of the body’s nervous and neuromuscular systems. These conditions often manifest themselves in loss of mobility function and muscle weakness, poor coordination, sensation loss, uncontrolled muscle activity such as spasticity and tremors, and loss of balance, or orientation.

At Sports & Spinal our Neurological Physiotherapists have extensive experience in assisting people with the following conditions and more.

Neurological Physiotherapy can assist:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Stroke or CVA
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Childhood and developmental problems
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • General disability and loss of balance in the elderly
  • Post polio syndrome and other neuromuscular diseases

How Can A Neurological Physiotherapist Assist Patients?
A Neurological Physiotherapist specialises in the re-education of key functions including walking, standing and use of the hands and arms for everyday tasks. Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists are also able to assist individuals wishing to progress to work related tasks, sporting and recreational interests including running retraining.

Neurological Physiotherapy techniques include exercise prescription, hands on therapies as well as the skilled use of electrical stimulation, splinting and casting. Neurological physiotherapists work closely with medical specialists such as Rehabilitation Physicians and Neurologists in the use of specialised medical procedures such as Botulinum Toxin A.

Many people with Neurological conditions experience significant disability and require high levels of care. Neurological physiotherapists have experience in teaching and training carers as well as providing advice and prescription for specialised equipment for mobility, activities of daily living and recreation.

Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic
The Sports and Spinal Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic been created in collaboration with a Rehabilitation Specialist and Neurological Physiotherapist Laura Perry and Alice Latham and include utilisation of Exercise Physiology services in long term management plans.

This clinic deals with issues relating to spasticity, tone and other physical neurological issues that require a holistic rehabilitation approach

Evidence
A great deal of evidence exists with chronic stroke patients to say that a self monitored intensive program can give results for clients up to 5 years post stroke. National Stroke Foundation Guidelines from 2010 state that stroke patients should have rehabilitation tailored to give them as much functionally specific therapy within the first 6mths post stroke as possible.
European parkinson disease guidelines advise early intervention to maintain range of motion and function rather than a reactive approach of only treating a patient when then start to fall or have movement problems.

Is it for You?
Our Neuro-rehabilitation program is for those who have missed the criteria for Community Sub Acute or 12 Week Transitional Care programs and those with limited access to private day hospital therapy.
Individuals who wish to continue their rehabilitation further post discharge. Those who have had an impairment 1- 10yrs ago and would like to make improvements or limit functional losses.

Our Neurological Rehabilitation services are available at Maroochydore, Coolum and Kawana Sports & Spinal.

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Neck Pain, Headaches and how Physio can help!

A daily struggle…
Headaches and neck pain are a common problem for thousands of Australians every day with 15% of adults suffering from daily headaches and 47% saying they get headaches and neck pain at least once a year.

While some minor pains can be fixed easily, ongoing suffering from headaches, migraines and neck pain may have a more serious underlying problem. If you suffer from this pain regularly or it interferes with your daily life, it is important for you to seek help.

One way to help find a solution and ease the symptoms is through Physiotherapy. Sports & Spinal have Physiotherapists with additional training in neck pain, headaches and migraines. Qualified Exercise Physiologists can also help you to return to exercise in a safe manner.

How our neck pain and headache Physios can help:
At Sports & Spinal we deal with a wide range of conditions, including headaches and neck pain. Our headache and neck pain Physios will assess you to locate what could be the potential source of the problem and identify how best to fix it or ease the symptoms. This will include Physiotherapy techniques, exercises, and advice for beyond the treatment session such as your sleeping position, posture, work/life balance, exercise routine or even how much ‘relax time’ you get.

Talking to a professional and getting expert help can put you on the right track to a happy, healthy and pain free life, so call us today!

Whiplash

Serious physical injury after Whiplash is rare even when symptoms are severe. A thorough assessment and correct management gives you reassurance and the best opportunity of a full recovery.

At Sports and Spinal we strive to provide “Best Practice”. This means keeping up to date with the most recent research and evidence based practice. Using the current evidence based practice as guidelines we tailor our care package around the individual and their needs (patient centred approach).

Best practice guidelines recognise the importance of treating both the Physical and mental components to ensure well being. This is why we at Sports and Spinal have the option of providing a Psychological screening service at the very beginning of our treatment and after 6 weeks of treatment if indicated. This ensures any Psychosocial barriers or post traumatic stress that may also occur is managed correctly, thus speeding up the recovery process.

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Getting You Back To Play FASTER!

Our sports therapists work with local, national and international level athletes from a range of disciplines. Whether it’s getting an Olympian back into peak shape for a pinnacle event or helping a weekend warrior smash out their PB, we are equipped to help you return to performing at your best.

As Athletes, you need the Best. You want to get better Fast. You want to Achieve. You want Success.

At Sports and Spinal we are passionate about helping people achieve their goals and the ultimate success that comes from such ambition.

Phone us today if you find yourself watching from the unenviable position of the sideline and one of our Sports Injury Physios will put together a management plan for YOU TODAY!

Sports & Spinal Sport Performance Clinic

Maximise your performance and minimise your risks NOW! Individualized assessment and tailored programs for YOU!

This Sport Performance Clinic has specifically been designed to facilitate patients in their return to sport needs especially following surgery or acute injury. The clinic will focus on the high-performance needs of the athlete to ensure the safe return to their training environment. All sessions are individually tailored towards sports specific retraining and high-performance outcomes.

Without an appropriate return to sport training, re-injury rates are disturbingly high; however, an example of the positive impact of higher end rehab is in ACL Risk. Athletes who undergo and pass evidence-based return-to-sport testing, prior to returning to play, are 4 times less likely to suffer a re-injury.

The Clinic is held at Kawana Sports & Spinal on Thursday evenings at 6-9pm.

Did you know?

Up to 30% of athletes who undergo ACL reconstruction will damage their graft within 12 months of returning to sport
However, athletes who undergo and pass evidence-based return-to-sport testing, prior to returning to play, are 4 times less likely to suffer a re-injury
One study found that 1 in 3 athletes who returned to sport WITHOUT passing return-to-sport testing suffered further injuries, whereas only 1 in 20 athletes who passed return-to-sport testing re-injured.
How many times should I attend?
The individualised program means this could vary from person to person and will be discussed in detail with the treating physiotherapist. However, approx. 1 session per week will be appropriate early on. As progression is made, this might become less regular.

What does the program entail?

The Sport Performance Clinic’s primary goal is to optimally prepare you for a safe return to sport, and reduce the risk of re-injury. Throughout the program you will be assessed regularly, to best determine when it is safe and suitable to make a return to training and playing. The sessions will involve cardio, mobility, agility, plyometrics, resistance training and sport-specific drills to best prepare you for the rigors of your sport.

What can I expect to achieve from the clinic?

A safe and timely return to your chosen sport! Not only do we plan to help you recover from your injury, but we aim to work on sport- specific drills with the hope of improving performance above what it previously was.

How do I join?

You can join by contacting Kawana Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy. If you are currently seeing a physiotherapist at Sports & Spinal, they can carry out an entry assessment prior to your first session. If you are not, then this can be performed during your first session. If you have any questions regarding this program, don’t hesitate to contact kawana@sportsandspinalphysio.com.au

What is the benefit of the clinic?

To be able to have your entire rehabilitation and return-to-sport process monitored and managed by Sports & Spinal physiotherapists. The ‘typical’ delivery model of physiotherapy has constraints that make high-level return-to-sport training difficult.

The Sport Performance Clinic has the following benefits:

The clinic is held in well-equipped gym spaces with sufficient room for replication of drills/exercises previously not possible in a private room
Not limited to a 30min session – average session will last approx. 60min, however, this is entirely flexible due to the space available and staggered/overlapping patient start times
Each session will include multiple components i.e. cardio, mobility, resistance training, agility, jumping & landing drills, plyometrics, sport-specific drills
Have a thorough pre-clinic functional assessment to identify weaknesses and develop specific goals to facilitate a safe return to sport
Before clearance for any return to sport evidence-based objective functional testing will be carried out. Research demonstrates passing these tests significantly reduces the risk of re-injury in a myriad of lower limb injuries

Who should attend the clinic?

• If you have had repetitive/recurrent injuries upon returning to sport
• If your physio/patient/coach thinks close supervision is necessary with their late-stage rehabilitation program – rather than independently in a gym
• If you’re treating physio has identified the individual as “high-risk” of re-injury upon return to sport – due to age/gender/injury/surgery/biomechanics/sport-specific technique

Who runs the clinic and how are they qualified?

Physiotherapist, Dion Wallace will oversee all sessions. Dion has a postgraduate physiotherapy degree as well as an undergraduate Exercise Physiology degree and has significant experience in strength training and return-to-sport management of athletes.
Dion has worked extensively with rehabilitating athletes to return to high-level sport and thus, has an excellent understanding of biomechanics and technical aspects related to the following sports: rugby union, rugby league, football (soccer), AFL, basketball, netball, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing and surfing.

Contact Kawana Sports and Spinal and we can help you take the positive steps towards getting you back into the game.

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Quality, Effective Shoulder Injury Management!

Sports and Spinal provide quality and experienced management options for Shoulder Rehabilitation and Shoulder Pain.

Conservative management, including Physiotherapy with co-ordination between your GP and Specialist is an evidence based approach proven to maximise your chances of recovery.

With well established relationships with General Practitioners and a number of Shoulder Specialists in the region, Sports Spinal are well placed to get you back to doing what you do best.

Your management plans will included hands on therapy; education on biomechanics & posture; advice for optimising the function of your shoulder; and specifically tailored exercise programs that are customised to meet your individual needs.

PLUS many more techniques to provide YOU with optimal care on your rehabilitation journey.

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Hip Pain

The hip is a ball and socket joint consisting of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. There are many ligaments that support the bones, which provide considerable stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach around the hip to help move the joint.

Hip pain and joint injury is common for all age groups. The hip joint and its integration with your pelvis, SIJ and lumbar spine (lower back) make it a complex region to correctly analyse and assess any dysfunction.

Hip pain can be caused by many factors. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts repetitive strain on the hip causing pain.

Your hip function can also be affected by lower limb biomechanics involving your knee, foot and ankle plus your thigh and calf muscles.

Because the hip is a major weight bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem. The hip is responsible for such functional activities as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities.

 

The successfully treated hip pain and joint dysfunction relies upon a thorough examination of:

 

  • Entire lower limb (foot, ankle, knee and hip)
  • Lumbar spine
  • Pelvis and SIJ function and alignment
  • Deep hip muscle control and activation patterns
  • Middle and superficial hip muscle control, strength and function
  • Deep abdominal, core and pelvic floor muscle control
  • Upper thigh muscle length and strength (e.g. quadriceps, adductors, hamstrings and ITB)
  • Neural tissue extensibility e.g. sciatic and femoral nerve
  • Hip joint biomechanics as a whole and in isolation

 

Your Sports & Spinal physiotherapist will spend the time with you to fully assess the origin of your hip pain and investigate whether it is a hip joint, muscular, nerve or biomechanics issue. During this visit, the Physiotherapist will interview you to gather information about the history of your problem, the aggravating and relieving factors, and about any past medical history that may contribute the overall problem.

Only after a thorough hip assessment, can your hip pain be effectively rehabilitated to relieve your current hip pain and joint dysfunction.

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Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an accredited physiotherapist with unique knowledge and training in the treatment of problems specific to the hand & upper limb. Rehabilitation enables patients to hasten their return to a productive, active lifestyle after injury.

Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have difficulty using their hand for normal daily tasks or have an injury that prevents then doing heavy lifting, driving, gripping or fine motor tasks.

Some common symptoms of hand injury that therapists can treat include; stiffness, weakness, wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as wrist pain or tennis elbow, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or persistent pain.

What Does Hand Therapy Provide?

  • Accurate diagnosis & treatment of hand, wrist & elbow problems
  • Custom-orthotic fabrication (usually made from thermoplastic material)
  • Help with pain or stiffness in the hand, wrist & elbow
  • Exercise prescription & strengthening programs for regaining full function
  • Regaining movement, strength & dexterity in the upper limb after surgery
  • Help to reduce sensitivity from nerve problems
  • Help getting back to work & sport with the best recovery
  • Help to foster a supportive and clear communication link between surgeon and GP for best treatment and successful outcomes for the patient involved

If surgery is needed, hand therapists can also help with a patient’s recovery. This may include assistance with helping wounds heal, splinting, scar management and reducing swelling.

The conditions that a hand therapist can assist include:

Wrist & Hand

  • Flexor and Extensor Tendon repairs
  • Finger sprains / dislocation
  • Wrist fractures & injury
  • TFCC damage
  • Wrist instability & pain with loading
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis

Elbow: 

  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Chronic, overuse conditions
  • Elbow fracture post-immobilisation rehabilitation

Other:

  • Neurological changes in upper limb function
  • Trauma to the arm after an accident
  • Surgical post-operative rehabilitation

Hand therapy is available from our Sippy Downs clinic. Please contact them directly for more information.

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Acupuncture & Dry Needling

ACUPUNCTURE originated in China over 5000 years ago and is based on the belief that good health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (energy) along the twelve major meridians of the body which are linked to specific internal and external organ systems. It recognises that the body has an innate ability for self-healing through stimulating the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins, assisting in pain relief.

At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy we insert single-use, sterile and disposable needles at specific points along these meridians to alter the flow of Qi in order to relieve muscular tension, stress and ultimately pain. In acupuncture we also use what are called Ah Chi points which are basically trigger points in a muscle that are not found on a meridian. These are the points which are used in DRY NEEDLING.

In dry needling and acupuncture the needles tend to be left in situ for any given period of time based on the desired effects in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction eg increased blood flow, muscle relaxation etc.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are useful modalities which provide a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions assisting in pain relief and injury rehabilitation. Below is a list of the most commonly treated conditions;

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Achilles Injuries
  • Hip and Leg Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sinus troubles
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries/Muscle/Joint Pain

TRIGGER POINT NEEDLING (which an acupuncturist will also call dry needling) is where a needle is poked in and out of the trigger point quickly (like pecking) to stimulate a twitch response to reset the muscle spindle. It is uncomfortable and can leave the patient feeling quite sore (aching) for anywhere from 2hours to 2days following this type of needling. It is used more in chronic conditions eg  a runner who continues to get tight calf muscles, overactive gluteals in low back pain etc.

Please note:

An initial assessment is necessary for all Acupuncture appointments.  Please contact your local Sports & Spinal for more information.

For more information as to whether acupuncture, dry needling, or trigger point needling can help you, please ask your physiotherapist.

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Chronic Pain Management

Sports & Spinal Nambour & Coolum are proud to offer a Persistent Pain Program which is unique to the Sunshine Coast.

The point of difference is that the program aims to treat pain by using the latest evidence-based neuroscience techniques known Explain Pain Program (EPP) and if appropriate Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) Program. The program is conducted by a GMI and EPP-trained Physiotherapist who works through patient-specific pain education and then a sequential 3 stage series of brain retraining tasks that are specific to the area of pain.

The Persistent Pain Program also values the importance of a biopsychosocial approach. Consistent with evidence-based practice; the program offers a supportive combination of:
• Physiotherapy
• Clinical Psychology
• Occupational Therapy
• Pain & Rehabilitation Specialist Medicine

This provides patients with the best possible opportunity for a positive outcome by increasing functional gains and reducing pain.

If you have pain that results from Central Sensitisation, Neuropathic Pain, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), or any Chronic Pain where you have exhausted normal avenues for treatment, this program is for you!

The Persistent Pain Program is available in our Nambour and Coolum Clinics. For more information, please contact us.

Our Chronic Pain Physios recommend watching the below video which is an introduction to Pain education:

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A Physiotherapy Cure for most Patients in a SINGLE Treatment

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is one of the most common causes of dizziness affecting up to 50% of patients over the age of 70. The biomechanical condition is caused by the dislodgement of calcium carbonate crystals into the region of the inner ear with the sensory organs, triggering the sensation of vertigo. Physiotherapy can be remarkably effective in treating BPPV and assessments are available in our physiotherapy practices.

Assessment:

Physiotherapist performs non-invasive tests such as the Dix- Hallpike test to confirm a BPPV diagnosis and to determine which ear is affected. The type of nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) observed will also identify which canal(s) is/are involved.

Treatment:

The dizziness resulting from BPPV can be dramatically relieved by specialist techniques performed by a skilled physiotherapist that use the forces of gravity to reposition the displaced calcium carbonate crystals out of the sensory areas of the canals in the inner ear.

Standard physiotherapy treatment uses a sequence of repositioning maneuvers – such as the Epley, Semont or Lempert – to move the crystals out of the semi-circular canal.

Once the primary cause is addressed, physiotherapy treatment may involve a targeted exercise program to reduce patient’s vertiginous in response to certain positional changes such as bending forward and looking up. Targeted balance training may be offered to patients with any residual balance defects. Exercises such as Brandt Daroff exercises may be prescribed for patient self-management.
Other inner ear disorders for which vestibular rehabilitation can offer improved outcomes include: vestibular neuronitis/labyrinthitis; acoustic neuroma (post-op); oto-toxicity; movement-induced dizziness and Meniere’s disease.

Vestibular rehabilitation can help address these vestibular system disorders and restore the best use of the remaining vestibular function by teaching unaffected balance mechanisms to take over the function or teaching other parts of the body to compensate. Let our highly skilled professionals be part of the treatment plan for your BPPV.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints patients take to the doctor and occurs more frequently as people age. Physiotherapists have the skills to perform highly specialised techniques which can cure the majority of patients suffering from BPPV in a single treatment.

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Women’s Health Physiotherapy

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Our Women’s Health physiotherapists have post-graduate training and experience in a broad range of issues associated with the life stages of pregnancy; birth, postpartum, lactation and menopause. Their area of expertise is pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction. They will assess and guide you through any condition relating to the pelvic floor. Some of the conditions they can assess and treat for you include:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Incontinence (stress incontinence, urge incontinence, fecal incontinence)
  • Prolapse
  • Pre and postnatal checks
  • Menopausal conditions and
  • General exercise and conditioning

Physiotherapy & the Female Pelvic Floor

“Physiotherapy has been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and is recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.”

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel and anus. They tighten to lift and support these organs and close their openings when pressure is exerted downwards eg. Coughing, sneezing, lifting, laughing and standing up.

This helps maintain our continence. When we need to empty our bladder or bowel, the pelvic floor relaxes and allows urine or a bowel motion to pass out. Being ‘Incontinent’ ranges from totally unable to control your bladder or bowel to just losing some urine when you laugh or do yoga.

The pelvic floor muscles can be damaged or weakened during childbirth; from straining when constipated; with a chronic cough; from repetitive lifting and high impact gym work if the abs (6 pack) are allowed to dominate the core muscles (deeper abdominals).

What you may notice if you have a continence issue (big or small)

  • Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting.
  • Can’t get to the toilet in time.
  • Can’t keep a tampon in.
  • Bulging feeling in the vagina or feeling as if you have to push yourself back up inside after using your bowels.
  • Not emptying bowels properly (using lots of loo paper and still not clean?)
  • Vaginal or anal wind on bending/lifting.
  • After dribble or poor flow (men).

Pelvic Floor Disorders Physiotherapy can help:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia
  • Incontinence – both urinary and fecal
  • Constipation and obstructive defecation

What can our Physiotherapists do?

Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

They will discuss your problem with you and take a detailed history.

If appropriate, and if you agree, they may suggest an internal examination to assess your pelvic floor muscle function.

They may also use ultrasound (RTUS) and biofeedback to aid assessment and develop an individualised program aimed at regaining your pelvic floor function.

What does Pelvic Floor Treatment Involve?

Treatment will comprise an appropriate individualised program for your particular condition. Some of the treatments prescribed may include a pelvic floor strengthening program; relaxation and down training of overactive muscles; correct activation and strengthening of weak muscles (pelvic floor and core), bladder retraining ; defecation training as well as general education on your condition.

These simple techniques have been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and are recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.

Pregnancy & Physiotherapy

“Maintaining your pelvic floor fitness, throughout your pregnancy and birth is essential”

Pelvic Floor

No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. Maintaining pelvic floor fitness throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally is essential.

Other Muscles

Abdominal muscle separation is common in later pregnancy. This is normal but special care needs to be taken to ensure that we protect them and give them the best chance of recovery afterwards.

Back & Joint Pain

Back/SIJ pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. Hormones increase the stretchiness of your ligaments and can contribute to joint pain; stretched muscles don’t support the pelvis as well as they used to. Treatment is often as simple as some trigger point massage, modified stretches and education in the use of your stability (core) muscles.

Pregnancy Massage

Beneficial for Mum and Bub

Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains, and tension that come with pregnancy. Studies have also shown that, when you receive a relaxing prenatal massage, the body naturally secretes endorphins. These “feel good” hormones traverse the placenta and ultimately soothe and relax your baby.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. With the aid of this purpose designed pregnancy massage cushion, your body will be supported in the position that is most comfortable for you. Our massage therapist, Dianne O’Donnell, will then use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work, as well as your back, neck, legs, ankles and feet.

Postnatal Follow-Up

Postnatal follow-up is really important to check that you are re-activating the ‘core and floor’ correctly, especially in the early postnatal days when you are busy lifting and carrying whilst your body recovers.

After baby arrives it is essential to regain control of your pelvic floor and core muscles.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is available at Chermside, Buderim, Coolum and Sippy Downs Sports & Spinal.

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Meet the Physiotherapy team @ Sports & Spinal

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Adam Horwitz

Shoulder & Neck Rehab

Adam Horwitz completed his Master of Physiotherapy degree at The University of Sydney, following completion of a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He developed a keen interest in physiotherapy as a young athlete overcoming injuries when competing in football, rugby union and martial arts.

He has a passion for assessment and treatment of shoulder conditions in particular. He also has a keen interest in treating the neck and headache conditions involving the cervical spine. With his experience as a sports trainer and Pilates instructor, he strives to help his clients control their pain and achieve their functional goals.

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Alana Dinsdale

Neck, Jaw & Headache

Alana is a passionate physiotherapist who is experienced in working with a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. She enjoys the challenge of finding and addressing the root cause of a problem, and works closely with her patients and other health professionals to deliver the best treatment possible.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from UQ in 2012, Alana has gone on to further her knowledge through various conferences and courses.

She has developed a particular interest in spinal rehabilitation, and treatment of neck pain, TMJ dysfunction and headaches. Alana uses a number of techniques with her patients including dry needling, manual therapy, exercise prescription and pilates.

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Alice Latham

Neurological & Hip Rehab

Alice is a UK Qualified Physiotherapist. She has a Sports and Exercise Science degree from Loughborough University and Completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at University of Southampton. She has experience working in both the acute and community sectors of the National Health Service in the UK, where she developed a range of skills, as well as a specialist interest in Stroke and Neurological rehabilitation as well as elderly care.

Alice is as lover of all things active, getting outdoors and healthy living. She has been involved in competitive sports all her life, competing at national and international levels in Swimming, Running, Netball and most recently Triathlons. She has great interest and passion for rehabilitation, exercise and Pilates.

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Alex Rachcoff

Lower Limb & Post-Op Rehab

Since graduating from James Cook University, Alex has gained considerable experience working in private practice in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.

After gaining invaluable skills in the treatment of lower back and lower limb injuries, Alex moved to the UK where he worked in the National Health Service in Oxford and Derbyshire.

Since returning to the Sunshine Coast, Alex has resumed his special interest in lower limb injuries and post-op rehabilitation, and is committed to achieving optimal patient satisfaction and return to pre-injury fitness.

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Andrew Duff

Lower Limb & Sport Injuries

Andrew Duff has been working with both a national level and international athletes since graduating in NZ with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2009.
Throughout this time he has worked with NZ Youth Olympic, Winter Olympic & Paralympic athletes, including being part of a successful gold medal Paralympic campaign in 2010, Sochi 2014, and most recently South Korea in 2018.
Andrew enjoys working with and supporting his patients to achieve their goals, applying his extensive knowledge and experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and injury prevention to fully rehabilitate your injuries and develop and strengthen performance in your selected area.

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Ben Hones

Neck and Shoulder Rehab

Ben completed his Physiotherapy degree in New Zealand at the University of Otago in 2010. Since then he has treated a range of patients in private practice and has developed a clinical interest in the treatment of neck and shoulder conditions.

By supporting his practice with the latest evidence, postgraduate courses, and taking a holistic approach, he supports patients towards their individual goals.

He enjoys all things outdoors, with sporting interests including hiking, surfing, rugby, and martial arts.

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Bethany Butler

Hand Therapy

Bethany Butler is a physiotherapist with a special interest in the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand conditions. She is in the process of completing further study to become an Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) through the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Hand Therapists are best positioned to help people recover full hand and arm function back after injury.

After completing her physiotherapy degree in Brisbane at the Australian Catholic University, Bethany moved up to the Sunshine Coast and has continually been working within the private physiotherapy clinic treating all areas of the body. She developed an early love for exercise and movement for treating illness and still integrates Clinical Pilates and gym-based rehabilitation into her treatment of the upper extremity.

Bethany loves to see people take control of their health in a holistic manner, whether that be by adapting & adjusting psychology or lifestyle factors, providing education on managing persistent pain, optimising movement patterns and treating complex injuries. She values building long-term relationships with patients, doctors, specialists and other medical professionals; working cohesively together to achieve optimal results for her patients. In her downtime, Bethany loves to spend time writing music, surfing & living an active lifestyle outdoors – enjoying the best of the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

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Brad Staer

Lower Back Rehab

Since graduating from James Cook University in 2010 Brad has gained extensive experience working in gym, private practice and sports team settings. He has worked in Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and more recently the Sunshine Coast. Brad is passionate about Physiotherapy and loves helping people, always striving for the best outcomes for his patients.

Brad is greatly interested in all areas of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with a particular interest in acute, chronic and adolescent knees, sports injuries, chronic pain and spinal rehabilitation. He has undertaken further training in all of these fields, in addition to Dry Needling and Pilates.

Brad has a keen interest in sport and fitness in general, but has a great passion for football (aka soccer) and currently plays in the local Sunshine Coast competition. He also enjoys long distance running and in his spare time enjoys travelling, reading, live music, watching movies and spending time with close friends and family.

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Briony McSwan

Neck Pain & Headache Rehab

Briony has been with Sports and Spinal since 1998. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of physiotherapy but for over a decade has focussed particularly on the treatment and management of head, neck and jaw pain, as well as dizziness and vestibular dysfunction.

Briony has achieved Competency level Vestibular training and has been a Watson Headache practitioner for over 15 years. Watson techniques for headaches are internationally recognised and renowned and can be a breakthrough in the management of chronic headache and migraine.

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Bruno Rebello

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Bruno is physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in the private practice setting. He graduated from his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2003. In 2006 he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Bruno has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Some of the highlights of his career incude:

– Physio part of the team caring for professional Brazilian Soccer player Ronaldo ‘Phenomenon’;
– Granted rights to practice Physiotherapy in Australia after completing the Australian Physiotherapy Council Exams, a well-known process in industry due to its high standards;
– Physio for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games working with athletes from Weightlifting and at the Athlete’s Village Polyclinic;
– Physio for the Australian Judo Nationals and Queensland International Open of Judo since 2016;
– Physio for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 working with athletes from Weightlifting, Wrestling and Badminton

Bruno is passionate about movement analysis and pain science. He thoroughly enjoys working with clients from all backgrounds and has a passion for assisting participants of CrossFit, Gymnasts and Combat Sports. Although gentle by nature, he is a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bruno also enjoys surfing and weight training.

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Candice Lamb

Women’s Health

Candice graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and has been working with Sports and Spinal since 2014. Since graduation, Candice has undertaken further study in the field of Women’s Health and Continence, and is this year beginning her Masters Degree in this specialised area through Curtin University, WA. Candice enjoys treating women of all ages, and is incredibly passionate about educating and empowering women to better understand and manage their conditions. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions including pelvic pain, prolapse, incontinence and constipation, as well as pre and post natal conditions.

Candice also has a keen interest in strength and conditioning, functional movement and exercise based rehabilitation which stems from her background as a weightlifter and Crossfit coach.

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Cielo Kelley

Musculoskeletal & Lower Limb

Cielo (pronounced “Shell-o”) graduated from the Australian Catholic University with first class honours. Her research focused on how people cope after rupturing their anterior cruciate ligament – a major stabilising ligament in the knee. Cielo is passionate about providing high-quality treatment by keeping up to date with the latest research and applying evidence-based practice. In 2017, Cielo was invited to present her thesis at the national Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference in Sydney held at the International Convention Centre. Her research is currently submitted for publication as the leading author.

She has since undertaken multiple professional development courses to continue broadening her knowledge on treating sports-related injuries more specifically to the knee. Cielo has a keen interest in treating dance- and sports-related injuries having undertaken eight years of classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance. Cielo is passionate about using a holistic approach to help people get back on their feet and achieve their goals whether it is to improve daily function, return to recreational or competitive sports and or optimise general health and well-being.

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Danielle Keogh

Low Back & Hip/Pelvic Pain

Danielle has developed expertise in accurate diagnosis and treatment of low back and hip pain and regularly attends national and international conferences dedicated to these areas to stay up to date with research and current evidence for optimal patient care and positive outcomes.

Danielle is very passionate about exercise rehabilitation and helping people return to their optimal physical and mental health through the use of Pilates. Danielle is experienced in identifying biomechanical dysfunction and using exercise specific techniques ensuring great outcomes. In her spare time Danielle is an avid horse rider, competing in dressage competitions with her two horses.

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David Howard

Musculoskeletal Physio

David graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He was worked in Queensland Health and Private practice in Australia and the United Kingdom focused on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. David has treated a range of patients in both private practice and sporting teams to developing a clinical interest in the treatment sport-related injuries and rehabilitation. In his personal time, David enjoys running, gym, surfing and playing rugby.

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David Stevens

Headaches & Shoulder Rehab

Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2002 David has worked in both the NHS and the private sector treating a variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Using a holistic approach he is able to tailor treatment to the individual and their goals. His areas of expertise are Cervicogenic headaches and shoulder injury. Working closely with shoulder surgeons in the UK has given David a sound understanding of the role that Physiotherapy has in the management and rehabilitation of complex shoulder conditions.

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Dion Wallace

Shoulder & Sporting Rehab

A Sunshine Coast local, Dion has completed a postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy on a background of a Bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science. As well as this, Dion is a full member of Sports Medicine Australia and has completed the level 2 APA Sports Physiotherapy course.

Dion passion lies in keeping people active whilst managing acute and chronic injuries. Dion is invested in helping his clients regain their optimal level of function whether that be on the field or in the home. Working closely with top local surgeons Dion also has significant experience with the rehabilitation of who are undertaking surgery or who are recovering from recent surgery.

Dion’s interests lie in Shoulder and Knee physiotherapy and runs a return to sport clinic focusing on high performance rehabilitation. Recently Dion has been working with the senior sporting teams of Matthew Flinders Anglican College providing a weekly triage service and game day assistance. Outside of work Dion has a keen interest in AFL, Rugby Union and surfing.

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Erin Man

Musculoskeletal Physio

Before completing her Master of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland, Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Erin utilises a multi-faceted approach tailored to each individual, with a focus on identifying the source of dysfunction and pain, and developing a personalised treatment plan through cooperation and teamwork with her patients. Erin’s goal through treatment is to return her clients to their passion, whether that’s sport, work, or just getting back to their normal life.

Erin is actively continuing her studies in manual therapy, exercise prescription and additional courses to improve her skill set and service delivery.

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Georgia Richardson

Musculoskeletal Physio

Georgia graduated from a postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy on a background of a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Griffith University. Georgia has a strong interest in sports-related injuries and has spent the past 6 years working with the University of Queensland Premier Rugby Club, Fiji 7’s Rugby Union and Collingwood Women’s AFL. She strongly believes in using evidence-based techniques to holistically treat a diverse range of musculoskeletal problems, ensuring that people can achieve their best self!

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Hayley Wilkinson

Lower Limb & Sport Injuries

Hayley graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Ballarat.

Hayley has been working for the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club the past 2 years and has developed an interest in treating sporting and lower limb injuries.

Outside of work Hayley enjoys getting outdoors, escaping to the beach and keeping active to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Jana Rydwanski

Lower Limb & Needling

Jana studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy in 2006 from AUT, completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2010 and a Master of Health Practice in 2011. She worked in New Zealand for five years before coming to Australia, during which time she has been the physiotherapist for Rugby teams and also ran gym-based rehabilitation programs. She has the honour of having an article published in the international physiotherapy journal, Physical Therapy Reviews. Jana believes in a holistic approach to injury and management, is highly dedicated to exercise, and regularly attends further training to ensure that her clinical skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date.

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Julie Gear

Neck, Headaches & Shoulder

Julie graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1998 and has gained a wealth of experience working in busy clinics around the world, including a professional sports centre in France, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London and a clinic in the ski resort of Verbier in Switzerland. She has worked with rugby teams in New Zealand and the England Volleyball team in the UK.

Julie has postgraduate training in ergonomics and Pilates, and is also a qualified acupuncturist having studied both in the UK and in China. Julie combines her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Intra-Muscular Stimulation with traditional physiotherapy treatment techniques for optimum results.

Julie has a special interest in spinal problems and headaches.

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Julia Wilson

Musculoskeletal Physio

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Julia was able to gain experience in  Australia, Wales, and the UK. She has had the privilege to gain exposure in one of the busiest departments, the National Health System in England and in a large multidisciplinary team setting. Through this time, Julia has developed a love of treating a diverse range of patients from athletes to the elderly, but more recently has found a passion for treating Women’s Health conditions and focuses a lot of her professional development in this area.

“I am passionate about helping and educating clients to maximise their quality of life and strive to facilitate self-management for the most optimal recovery”.

In her spare time, Julia is often at the beach attempting to carve up the waves.

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Joakim Wisting

Shoulder & Neck Rehab

Originally from Norway, Joakim completed his physiotherapy degree in South Australia, before working throughout Australia and Europe in both hospital and private practice. Through regular postgraduate courses, Joakim has developed a special interest and knowledge in the treatment of the shoulder, upper limb, and the pelvis. Joakim has a special interest in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu, which he keeps fit through regular training and competing in.

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Kate Surman

Musculoskeletal Physio

Kate graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland and also holds a Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from The University of Ballarat. Kate enjoys treating a range of musculoskeletal injuries in particular the knee, aspiring to achieve not only symptom relief for her clients but also overall lifestyle and wellbeing improvements to optimise each individual’s potential. She also has a keen interest in the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS), having volunteered for the MS Society QLD.

Since recently locating to the Sunshine Coast, Kate is enjoying the healthy lifestyle, as she loves to stay fit and healthy.

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Katie Clifford

Musculoskeletal Physio

Katie is a  Sunshine Coast local who graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. She has since worked in both private practice and aged care treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor.

In particular, Katie has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of shoulder conditions and enjoys incorporating Pilates into her patient’s rehabilitation. She also has experience working with an array of neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions including that of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Congestive Heart Failure.

She places a high emphasis on living an active and healthy lifestyle and is passionate about delivering holistic and individualised high-quality care to ensure her patients achieve their goals, whether that be return to sport, work or day to day life.

Outside of work Katie enjoys surfing, spending time at the beach and running.

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Kirstie Davidson

Lower Back & Hip Rehab

Kirstie graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland) in 2011. Following this, she started up her own mobile physiotherapy practice in Orkney, North Scotland. As the weather didn’t improve Kirstie decided to move to the Sunshine Coast in 2013 where she worked for three years in aged care, focusing on mobility, exercises and different forms of pain management. Kirstie is keen to help reduce any fear of pain patients can sometimes develop, understand why we have it, and how it shouldn’t hold you back. She has slowly found her niche in treating lower backs, hips, knees and the occasional jaw. In her personal time she is interested in anything to do with water and a hot summers day; be it away camping, the beach, a pool.

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Kirsti McCormack

Women's Health Physiotherapy

Kirsti hails from Ireland having completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Dublin in 2009. Following working in New Zealand, Kirsti is now committed to providing clients in the Redcliffe Peninsula and North Lakes region with quality physiotherapy care.

Kirsti has a passion for Women`s Health and has completed training in this field to empower women with issues concerning the pelvis including dysfunction of the pelvic floor, bowel, and bladder. Kirsti is also passionate about assisting women to manage abdominal separation post birth and guiding women through exercise during the perinatal period.

To achieve excellent Physiotherapy outcomes, Kirsti utilises a variety of treatment options including manual therapy, pilates & exercise therapy, dry needling, and education.

When you don’t see Kirsti at the clinic, she will be spending time with her young family, working out in the gym, walking her Blue Heeler or exploring Queensland`s outdoor scene!

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

Koren West has been focusing on spinal rehabilitation and in particular chronic low back pain for the past 6 years. She has a particular interest in managing patients with a holistic approach to their active rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary team.

Koren also heads our rehabilitative pilates classes and enjoys working with chronic complex musculoskeletal pain conditions and neurological conditions.

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Laura Perry

Low Back & Pelvic Pain

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, and since then has been working in rehabilitation centres, as well as private practice. Laura has developed a passion for low back and spinal rehabilitation and working closely with GPs and specialists. Laura believes in a holistic approach to injury and management by addressing issues at a functional and impairment level to help her patients achieve their goals and to get them back to optimal functioning and performance.

Laura has postgraduate training in low back and pelvic injuries, as well as clinical Pilates and spinal rehabilitation, and regularly attends further training to ensure that her clinical skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date. Laura enjoys the outdoors, surfing and spending time with family and friends.

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Louise Meek

Shoulder & Spinal Rehab

Louise has spent most of her career focusing on treating shoulder conditions working with both the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and high diving.  She then continued to work with the shoulder team on the sunshine coast after moving to join the Sports and Spinal Team in 2010.  She was an Australian Institute of Sport athlete for 6 years in high diving and was a representative on the Australian team for 5 years, which is where her passion for physiotherapy originated.

Louise has been selected from thousands of the physiotherapists in Australia to be included in the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapist group (SEPA) This is a selected group of elite Shoulder & Elbow physiotherapists.

Over the last few years, Louise has loved working with the ‘Sunshine Coast Chronic Pain Team’ assisting people with persistent pain.  “This is defiantly an area I love working in and get a lot of fulfillment.  You can make a truly significant difference in someone’s daily life.”  She spends time working with the pain specialists on the coast who meet regularly to have the most optimal care and management of her patients.

She focused her post-graduate studies in these areas making sure all treatment and advice is up to date and evidence-based to provide the most optimal outcome for the client. Louise is very passionate about an educational, active and functional approach to treatment to allow the individual to learn and manage their injury to prevent recurrence. “I feel this gives people the tools to be the driver of their recovery”. 

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Lucy Taylor

Musculoskeletal Physio

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland where she also conducted research alongside a world renowned Physiotherapist. Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation programs so that you can achieve your goals and return to the things you enjoy in life sooner. Lucy is devoted to continuously expanding her skill set and knowledge so that she can provide superior treatment to every patient.

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Maddie Franco

Musculoskeletal Physio

Maddie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (First Class Honours) at the University of Queensland. Maddie adopts a result driven attitude that focuses on the reduction of pain, return to functional activities and preventative strategies. She places an importance on a personalised holistic treatment approach and has a passion for improving patient quality of life. She is always eager to engage in ongoing professional development and learn new evidence based approaches to treatment. Outside of work, Maddie enjoys scuba diving, hiking and netball.

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Marnie Crosdale

Women’s Health

Marnie Crosdale graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has developed a keen interest in Female Power Lifting and associated sport related injuries and rehabilitation.

Marnie has completed further postgraduate training in dry needling and Women’s Health conditions, and is passionate about promoting prenatal women’s health and fitness and returning post-partum women to exercise safely.

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

Meredith has extensive experience as a Sport Physiotherapist sports physiotherapist and Pilates instructor but has focused her practice in recent years on lower limb injuries. Being a professional triathlete herself, Meredith has a special interest in endurance sports, triathlon, and running related injuries. Meredith completes running assessments in the clinic using video analysis to assist with diagnosing and managing chronic running injuries. Meredith also has years of experience in post-operative rehab and compliments her treatments with dry needling, Kinesio taping, and gym based functional strength training.

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Michael Davis

Lower Back & Spinal Rehab

Michael studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology. He has gone on to complete a postgraduate certificate in western acupuncture and has attended NZMPA courses for the management of neck, low back and upper limb pathologies.

Michael has developed a high level of experience in spinal rehabilitation working closely with neurosurgeons (BrizBrain & Spine), pain specialists and GPs. In his time in New Zealand he formed a strong interested in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working with numerous sporting teams, schools, high performance athletes and the general public. He has a client-centred approach, working together with patients and their treating specialists to achieve optimal function and performance in their personal or sporting goals.

In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and many sports including cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.

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Nathan Craig

Persistent Pain Management

Nathan Craig graduated from Griffith University in 2009 with Bachelor Degrees in both Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. His main interests are in the field of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with a special interest in chronic pain management, as shown through his involvement as the physiotherapy director of the Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service.

Nathan has worked with sporting teams, crossfit coaches, aged care providers, chronic pain management programs and many other allied and medical health professionals which have provided him with considerable knowledge to successfully treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. He uses a combination of hands-on techniques, dry needling, activity modification, self management education, professional advice and therapeutic exercise to get patients back on track faster. Nathan also has extensive experience in assisting patients with their WorkCover, Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) and DVA case management to ensure their rehabilitation is smooth and comfortable.

In 2017 Nathan was involved in a research study into Predictors of Responsivity to Interdisciplinary Pain Management‘ with Rehabilitation Specialist, Dr Saul Geffen at Rehab + Fitness. Please click here to access the study.

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Nick Hurrell

Musculoskeletal Physio

Nick studied at Griffith University where he completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy.

He has a keen interest in sporting injuries which came through his own experience as a semi-professional rugby player as well as working closely with elite athletes from a range of sports. Recently, Nick has worked with the Gold Coast SUNS AFL team for the past  4 years as well as contract work with the ACT Brumbies, Kangaroos NRL, Jillaroos NRL, Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and the NSWIS Diving.

Nick takes a holistic approach to injury management and rehabilitation with a focus on exercise to helping clients achieve their goals and maximise their quality of life. He is always looking to further his knowledge through professional development to ensure he is providing the most relevant, up-to-date and evidence-based treatments to his clients. Outside of work, Nick enjoys traveling, running, swimming and cycling.

 

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Siliva Tufuga

Lower Back & Spinal Rehab

Originally from New Zealand but graduating from The University of Queensland, Siliva has developed extensive international experience over 20 years of clinical practice including both Australia and the UK. In England he was team leader of a specialised group of advanced orthopaedic clinicians and helped to successfully develop the GP screening clinics and Injection Therapy service. Upon his return home he has spent the past few years treating active Australian troops at the large military base in Enoggera, Brisbane where overloading of the spine and effective return to military service go hand-in-hand.

Accordingly Siliva has vast knowledge in treating spinal disorders and low back pain. He enjoys working with his patients to identify and resolve their daily pain issues and implement strengthening strategies to prevent future occurrences.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his young family and is an IRB Level 2 rugby coach.

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Simon Burley

Shoulder Pain Rehabilitation

Simon Burley has developed expertise in shoulder conditions over many years of postgraduate training. He has completed level III Sports Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport. Simon also runs the Sunshine Coast Shoulder Clinic with some of the Coast’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.

“The shoulder is a complex and challenging joint that is very reliant on the surrounding musculature working properly. Hence a joint particularly suited to physiotherapy treatment when injured or painful.” Simon Burley

Simon also sets up exercise programs for weight loss and fitness/strength training. He works closely with the Coast’s leading medical team for patients undergoing lapband surgery.

Simon was the physio for the New Zealand Track and Field athletes as they prepared for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and is the physio for a number of well-known athletes on the Sunshine Coast.

Simon has 1 published article on shoulder pain (Please click the title below):

  1. Systematic approach to diagnosing and managing disorders of the shoulder joint and surrounding structures

Simon has also been involved with Shoulder research trials (Please click the titles below):

  1. Conservative management of shoulder rotator cuff tears
  2. Feasibility and acceptability of a standardised shoulder exercise program for supraspinatus full thickness tears

Simon has been selected from thousands of the physiotherapists in Australia to be included in the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapist group (SEPA) This is a selected group of elite Shoulder & Elbow physiotherapists.

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Simon Hearn

Back Pain & Running Injuries

Simon graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy. He competes in triathlons and has a strong interest in all aspects of endurance sport. Simon believes in functional rehabilitation following injury with an emphasis on assisting his patients return to their pre injury level by adopting a holistic approach to treatment. He enjoys helping a wide variety of people overcome injury, improve their quality of life and achieve their goals!

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Sophie Stewart

Chronic Pain & Back Rehab

Sophie graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2010 and has worked in private practice ever since. Sophie has a huge passion for physiotherapy and believes in a holistic approach to patient care with great importance placed on active rehabilitation and education towards long-term self-management. Her passion lies with rehabilitation from chronic conditions , persistent pain and rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment.

The evidence is overwhelming to indicate that a multidisciplinary approach to treatment yields the best outcomes for patients, therefore Sophie places great importance on communication between patient, physio and all health professionals involved in the recovery process. Sophie believes this team approach will ensure the best possible outcome and care for her patients.

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Sophie Zykus

General Physiotherapy

Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia. She focuses on treating her patients with the most recent practice based evidence and believes that all patients should be treated with a highly individualised care plan. For Sophie, physiotherapy doesn’t stop when you leave the room. Sophie places an emphasis on self management tools so you can achieve your goals inside and outside of the practice. This way you can live your best, most active lifestyle and aim to prevent any future injuries. Outside of work Sophie enjoys surfing, camping and catching up with her friends!

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