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Online video consultations are available for all of our services such as: Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide.

Our online consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailored treatment plan to help patients reach their health goals.

In the current climate, clients may not be able to attend our clinics due to an illness, or simply may be self-isolating during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Online consults are also a great alternative for those who may find it difficult to access high-quality physiotherapy services:

  • People in rural areas
  • Those with very busy work or family lives

Sports & Spinal use a secure platform for their telehealth that works well on any Apple or Android device including smartphones and tablets, as well as laptop and desktop computers with an internet connection.

How do Sports & Spinal’s online consults work?

  • Our allied health team can assess, diagnose and treat online
  • Instant messaging to your Practitioner, troubleshoot any questions about your treatment plan.
  • We will safely guide you through a series of tests and movements
  • Review your exercises and develop your personalised exercise program
  • A professional and bespoke service developed to deliver results for you on your rehab journey

Prior to your online consult

Please go here to find out how our telehealth works: https://www.gensolve.com/telehealth-help/

Make sure you have a reasonable space around you if you have a physiotherapy, exercise physiology or podiatry appointment if you need to perform some movement tests, and also some privacy in case you are concerned about relaying personal information.

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Hand Therapy @ Sippy Downs Sports & Spinal

The Sippy Downs Hand Clinic is a specialised upper limb service focused on supporting people with hand and upper limb injuries. Hand therapists are highly skilled in the fabrication of custom-made thermoplastic splints/orthoses. We’re here to help you regain your movement, strength & hand/arm function after injury or surgery. 

In Australia, the qualification of “Accredited Hand Therapist” is awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) after years of clinical experience and further study after university. We work closely with hand surgeons, GPs and hospitals, providing conservative and post-operative care. We treat patients that are privately funded or those under WorkCover, DVA or other independent insurers.

Due to the specialised hand therapy stock and equipment required for treating these injuries, this clinic is run only within our Sippy Downs clinic site, but we take referrals from all over the Sunshine Coast. 

We provide care for the following injuries: 

We treat all post-operative upper-limb conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Tendon and nerve repairs
  • Ligament repairs
  • Fracture fixation
  • Amputations/formalisations
  • Skin grafts
  • Joint fusions and replacements

Services Provided:

  • Custom made thermoplastic static and dynamic splints/orthoses (waterproof casting also an option for fractures)
  • Pain management
  • Assessment & diagnosis of hand and upper limb conditions
  • Soft tissue treatments 
  • Joint and neural mobilisations
  • Scar management (prescription of contact media and prescription of compression garments)
  • Wound management (dressing changes and suture removal)
  • Desensitisation/sensory re-education
  • Strengthening programs
  • Swelling (oedema) management (prescription of compression garments & managing lymphedema)
  • Paediatric & Neurological Splinting (as supported by the NDIS) 
  • Joint protection and energy conservation education

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National Pain Week 2021

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It is National Pain Week all this week (July 26- August 1). National Pain Week is an annual awareness event coordinated each year by Chronic Pain Australia. This year's theme is centered around connection and it encourages people to connect with their bodies and to acknowledge their pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain is an unpleasant or uncomfortable body experience caused by activation of the nervous system. It is typically caused by a known injury or illness, but sometimes the cause of the pain can be unknown.

Most of us will experience acute pain from time to time. It often occurs following surgery, trauma, or short-term illness and usually lasts for a short time before the body heals and the pain goes away.

Chronic or persistent pain is pain that lasts for more than three months, or in many cases, beyond normal healing time.

Chronic pain can be a symptom of a known illness or injury it can also exist without a clear reason at all. Sometimes the long-term nature of the pain is not indicating ongoing disease or damage.

- Chronic Pain Australia 2021

The Stats

  • 1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain - including adolescents and children.
  • This includes 1 in 3 people over the age of 65.
  • 1 in 5 GP consultations involve a patient with chronic pain and almost 5% report severe, disabling chronic pain.
  • The prevalence of chronic pain is projected to increase as Australia's population ages-from around 3.2 million in 2007 to 5 million by 2050.

Connection is Key

⁠National Pain Week 2021 aims to remind friends, family, and professionals that connection is key to addressing the social isolation that pain can create.

People living with chronic pain often feel isolated by their pain. ⁠Hence, encouraging connection is a key way for those suffering from chronic pain to seek support and advice. This is to help sufferers not ignore their pain and suffering in silence. ⁠

Many people live with chronic pain 24/7. It is debilitating, exhausting, and has an impact on all parts of a person’s life. Living like this takes courage and strength and could be referred to as “putting up with” the pain. The pain is in control and unpredictable.⁠

How we can Help

⁠There are many different treatments available for people trying to manage their pain, and different people will respond to these in different ways. ⁠At Sports & Spinal we have a range of Allied Health professionals including Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Podiatrists, Dietitians, and Psychologists that can assist you throughout your pain journey.

Call your nearest clinic to see how we can help💙⁠

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Adolescent Overuse Injuries

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With winter sports well underway and with summer sports ever-looming, it is important to keep an eye on our young ones. With the combination of school sport and club sport (usually playing different codes), kids can start to run into an array of different problems.

Unfortunately, adolescent overuse conditions like Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), Osgood Schlatter’s, and Sever's Disease can develop. These conditions usually occur following increased bouts of exercise or repeated high exposure to training loads.

As a result of these conditions, pain tends to occur around or below the knee and the heel of the foot, respectively.

We think that these issues might be related to abnormal musculoskeletal growth changes, lower limb tightness, and weaknesses, changes in biomechanics, and high training loads.

The good news is that these conditions can be easily treated by your Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, or Podiatrist.

Treatment Is Usually Aimed Around:

  • Addressing loading/ Training errors: Sometimes too much too soon runs the risk of aggravating these issues.
  • Implementing exercises to address any weakness, restrictions in range of motion, or control.
  • Advice and education.
  • Hands-on treatment to help reduce symptoms, improve range of motion.
  • Taping and/ or orthotics

Prevention is always the best cure - Jacob Payne, TRS Physiotherapist

Try and implement the following tips to reduce the risk of these injuries occurring:

Load Management

Easing into a new season or training program can prevent overload. Doubling up on big training sessions and not allowing your body to recover is a risk factor for overload, resulting in injuries.

Prehab: Warm-up & Warm down

Spending 10-15 mins pre-training/ games starting with mobility and slowly building higher intensity drills, leading to sports-specific drills, has been shown to reduce injury risk and improve performance.

Warm down following training and games is a nice way to reduce your heart rate, cool tissue, and work on maintaining joint and muscle mobility. You can also combine with a gentle stretch for 3-5 minutes.

Strength and Range of Motion

Maintaining joint range of motion and muscular strength can be a great wait to reduce the risk of overuse injuries. The idea is that you improve your strength enough that you are able to tolerate and deal with the stressors or loads placed on your body.

Consulting your physio or exercise physiologist is a great way to develop a program you can implement into your training routine.

Rest or Relative Rest

Plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and rest periods are all good ways to make sure your body has recovered and ready to exercise again.

Rest or Relative Rest (performing another lighter task/ exercise) is important for tissue recovery and adaptation to occur to muscles and tendons. 1-2 days between higher intensity exercises can be enough.

Still, experiencing problems?

If you have tried some of the above tips and your child is still experiencing symptoms, it would a good idea to consult your allied health specialist, They can help to formulate a specific management plan. It is important to not make your child exercise through pain.

 

Written by Total Rehab Solutions Physiotherapist, Jacob Payne


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Coolum Dietitian

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Dietitian @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

“Eat Well, Live Well”

Dietitian @ Coolum Sports & Spinal is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

The Dietitian team are dedicated to helping patients achieve their health goals and providing the best possible level of care. Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team will get to the source of your symptoms and work with you to address your nutrition/health goal; they will use nutrition information and education to help you achieve your goals. Our Dietitian team have a passion for making a healthy lifestyle not only achievable but also sustainable. As Accredited Practicing Dietitians, our team are here to support you in every way.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise include:
Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease.

Dietitian @ Coolum Sports & Spinal clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are fully qualified, university-trained food and nutrition experts.
Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team will help you achieve your health-focused goal and assist with helping you achieve optimal nutrition.
The team will explain the science behind food and provide a detailed nutrition plan to assist you in your short or long term goals. Our goal is to work with you to set your own goals and develop practical strategies to implement in everyday life; we can help make fundamental changes to each lifestyle. Whatever your food and nutrition concerns are, we are here to offer you support.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 20% of Australian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not known, but several factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Our dietitians believe that many different food & lifestyle factors can trigger gut symptoms, our job is to work with you to help identify which strategies are right for you. Diet plays a significant role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. Our Dietitian will help you start eliminating foods, and you may be expected to follow the low FODMAP Dietitian as well as following lactose-free, wheat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. The low FODMAP diet is used in the short term to establish which foods, if any, are triggers for your IBS symptoms. A strict elimination period of around 2-6 weeks is indicated for most IBS sufferers, at which point foods will be reintroduced to determine your triggers.

Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any essential nutrients.

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Our Dietitians can help by:

  • Ideas for meal and snack ideas
  • Meal planning and food preparation tips 
  • How to identify nutritional labels on foods
  • Identifying and reducing times when you eat for reasons other than hunger
  • Decreasing the frequency that you eat past fullness 
  • Learning to better listen to your hunger and fullness cues
  • Suggestions for balancing meals with foods that will nourish your body
  • Normalising your eating so you can still enjoy foods you love! 
  • Finding movement and activities, you enjoy for fun and to improve your fitness

Our Dietitians are able to help with monitoring and managing diabetes.  Diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management. Knowing what type of diet and lifestyle can help in the prevention and management of diabetes is essential for those who are at risk of this condition.

Our team of dietitians are passionate about using the latest research to develop innovative, effective approaches that actually work. There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!

Meet the Dietitian team @ Coolum

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Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-lee has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence.  Ricki-lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside of work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends and experimenting in the kitchen.

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

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Dietitian @ Buderim Sports & Spinal

Dietitian @ Buderim Sports & Spinal is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The practice is situated at 120 King Street on the corner of King Street & Bairnsdale East Street, conveniently located near Mountain Creek and Forest Glen.

The Dietitian team are dedicated to helping patients achieve their health goals and providing the best possible level of care. Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team will get to the source of your symptoms and work with you to address your nutrition/health goal; they will use nutrition information and education to help you achieve your goals. Our Dietitian team have a passion for making a healthy lifestyle not only achievable but also sustainable. As Accredited Practicing Dietitians, our team are here to support you in every way.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise include:
Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease.

Dietitian @ Buderim Sports & Spinal features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are fully qualified, university-trained food and nutrition experts.
Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team will help you achieve your health-focused goal and assist with helping you achieve optimal nutrition.
The team will explain the science behind food and provide a detailed nutrition plan to assist you in your short or long term goals. Our goal is to work with you to set your own goals and develop practical strategies to implement in everyday life; we can help make fundamental changes to each lifestyle. Whatever your food and nutrition concerns are, we are here to offer you support.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 20% of Australian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not known, but several factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Our dietitians believe that many different food & lifestyle factors can trigger gut symptoms, our job is to work with you to help identify which strategies are right for you. Diet plays a significant role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. Our Dietitian will help you start eliminating foods, and you may be expected to follow the low FODMAP Dietitian as well as following lactose-free, wheat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. The low FODMAP diet is used in the short term to establish which foods, if any, are triggers for your IBS symptoms. A strict elimination period of around 2-6 weeks is indicated for most IBS sufferers, at which point foods will be reintroduced to determine your triggers.

Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any essential nutrients.

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Our Dietitians can help by:

  • Ideas for meal and snack ideas
  • Meal planning and food preparation tips 
  • How to identify nutritional labels on foods
  • Identifying and reducing times when you eat for reasons other than hunger
  • Decreasing the frequency that you eat past fullness 
  • Learning to better listen to your hunger and fullness cues
  • Suggestions for balancing meals with foods that will nourish your body
  • Normalising your eating so you can still enjoy foods you love! 
  • Finding movement and activities, you enjoy for fun and to improve your fitness

Our Dietitians are able to help with monitoring and managing diabetes.  Diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management. Knowing what type of diet and lifestyle can help in the prevention and management of diabetes is essential for those who are at risk of this condition.

Our team of dietitians are passionate about using the latest research to develop innovative, effective approaches that actually work. There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!

Meet the Dietitian team @ Buderim

Scroll through the list and click the faces to find out more information about our team.

Samantha Kiorgaard

Dietitian

Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed.
Samantha has special interests in sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.

Sam is available for Dietitian appointments at our Maroochydore, Buderim and Sippy Downs clinics.

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Buderim Sports & Spinal can be found at: 120 King Street Buderim 4556

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Parking @ Buderim

Buderim Sports & Spinal has 11 car parks located on site. Turn into Bairnsdale East St behind the building. If these parks are full there is overflow street parking nearby.

Servicing Areas

Forest Glen

Mountain Creek

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Plant-based Protein Sources

Sports & Spinal Dietitian, Georgia Volz explains what plant-based proteins are and how they work when substituting them for meat-based proteins. Each protein source consists of a specific…

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Meet Our Dietitian Peter!

        Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centered approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans…

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Coolum Exercise Physiology

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Exercise Physiology @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

Exercise Physiology @ Coolum Sports & Spinal is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

“Your greatest wealth is health”

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals providing exercise and lifestyle therapies to prevent and manage chronic disease, injury, and disability.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4 year, University-trained Allied Health professional who is an exercise prescription expert. They will work with you to design a specific exercise program tailored to your injuries, health status and goals.

Our Exercise Physiologists at Sports & Spinal can help your condition by working with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist in reaching your specific goals. Exercise Physiologist’s use movement and exercise in conjunction with specific education and motivational guidance to treat and manage your conditions.

Sports & Spinal’s accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist with:

  • Diabetes & Obesity
  • General Health & Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Women’s Health
  • Aging
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Paediatrics
  • Cancer

Exercise facilitates changes within the body that increases its efficiency. This allows us to be able to manage conditions or diseases, that can cause our bodies to not function to the best ability.

You can expect our Exercise Physiologist to listen to your personal story and ask questions, so they can work with you to guide an appropriate treatment plan. Our Exercise Physiologist will complete a detailed, goal-focused, clinical, and functional assessment.

Treatment will vary and be specific to you but will likely involve modified movement and exercises to build your capacity and function through strength, fitness, balance, and more. Treatment will change and progress while working alongside your Exercise Physiologist. Our Exercise physiologists will provide education on health, conditions, injuries and what to do and what not to do may take place in different environments, including our onsite gym, your regular gym and pools, depending on your interests and goals. Our Exercise Physiologist believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and will work with other health professionals to help manage your condition.

Meet the Exercise Physiologists @ Coolum

Scroll through the list and click the faces to find out more information about our team.

Gemma Egan

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma has a strong belief that living an active healthy lifestyle improves both longevity and quality of life. She has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science and has gained accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Gemma has developed a passion for spinal rehabilitation and improving quality of life for those suffering from lower back pain. She has also worked with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and osteoarthritis.

Gemma has a strong focus on prescribing programs that are individually tailored and that can be self-managed for future health and fitness.

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum and Sippy Downs location.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in chronic disease management, including cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis. He also specialises in Musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain and upper and lower limb pain. Assessments and exercise rehab are conducted in the clinic’s own gym, which is purpose-built for rehabilitation. Brad’s hobbies include surfing and running.

Brad is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum location.

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Tarin Cowley

Exercise Physiologist

Tarin has been practising as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2013 and recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney. Tarin finds great reward in providing exercise interventions and education that assist people with chronic conditions to lead a better life, whether it be by improving their confidence and daily functioning, pain management, feeling ‘fitter’ or for athletes, competing at their optimum capacity. Tarin has experience in a range of clinical settings, which allows her to constantly challenge herself to develop innovative exercises and lifestyle modification interventions for people seeking advice to manage their conditions.
Tarin has also recently taken up studying again, this time in medicine.

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Sophie Lewis

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Women’s Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise and specific exercise prescriptions for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise can improve all aspects of health, including physical, mental and social health. Sophie will help you achieve your goals with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. She believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life, so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Sophie is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore and Coolum location.

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

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Exercise Physiology @ Buderim Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Buderim is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The practice is situated at 120 King Street on the corner of King Street & Bairnsdale East Street, conveniently located near Mountain Creek and Forest Glen.

Buderim Sports & Spinal features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Buderim Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has also been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP). QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation organisation, dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations including physiotherapy practices, diagnostic imaging services, dental practices and community services.

“Your greatest wealth is health”

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals providing exercise and lifestyle therapies to prevent and manage chronic disease, injury, and disability.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4 year, University-trained Allied Health professional who is an exercise prescription expert. They will work with you to design a specific exercise program tailored to your injuries, health status and goals.

Our Exercise Physiologists at Sports & Spinal can help your condition by working with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist in reaching your specific goals. Exercise Physiologist’s use movement and exercise in conjunction with specific education and motivational guidance to treat and manage your conditions.

Sports & Spinal’s accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist with:

  • Diabetes & Obesity
  • General Health & Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Women’s Health
  • Aging
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Paediatrics
  • Cancer

Exercise facilitates changes within the body that increases its efficiency. This allows us to be able to manage conditions or diseases, that can cause our bodies to not function to the best ability.

You can expect our Exercise Physiologist to listen to your personal story and ask questions, so they can work with you to guide an appropriate treatment plan. Our Exercise Physiologist will complete a detailed, goal-focused, clinical, and functional assessment.

Treatment will vary and be specific to you but will likely involve modified movement and exercises to build your capacity and function through strength, fitness, balance, and more. Treatment will change and progress while working alongside your Exercise Physiologist. Our Exercise physiologists will provide education on health, conditions, injuries and what to do and what not to do may take place in different environments, including our onsite gym, your regular gym and pools, depending on your interests and goals. Our Exercise Physiologist believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and will work with other health professionals to help manage your condition.

Meet the Exercise Physiologists @ Buderim

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Tenikka Mogno

Exercise Physiologist

Tenikka completed her Clinical Exercise Science Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast with a passion to help people manage their chronic disease or injury through evidence-based exercise prescription and education. Tenikka has a special interest in working with people with Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, and low back pain. Her positive and welcoming attitude makes you feel at ease through your journey of recovery and a healthier lifestyle.

Tenikka has gained experience running cardiac, diabetes and hydrotherapy group classes and throughout her final year of study worked closely with paraplegics, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Tenikka is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Kawana and Buderim location.

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Rue Pushpapathan

Exercise Physiologist

Rue is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, graduating from the University of New South Wales. Rue has had clinical experience working with many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions; more recently, she has gained experience at The Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre in Concord Repatriation Hospital.

Combining her passion for strength and conditioning with her clinical background in Exercise Physiology, Rue provides effective, holistic programming and value centred support for her patients. She is highly enthusiastic about supporting clients with a unique system centred around movement, nutrition, mindset and lifestyle for optimal improvement. Employing a practical approach, Rue believes that movement is medicine, the foundation in building a healthy lifestyle and promoting a successful recovery.

Rue is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Nambour and Buderimlocations.

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Buderim Sports & Spinal can be found at: 120 King Street Buderim 4556

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Headaches And Migraines

Are you suffering from headaches & migraines? Find out how our Physiotherapists can help!

 

Have you ever woken up with a splitting headache that does not seem to shift? Feeling hopeless and unable to think clearly? You are not alone. 50% of people will suffer from headaches in a given year and 90% will suffer headaches in their lifetime.

They can affect everyone very differently with some only experiencing a mild ache at the back of the head and some suffering debilitating pain with associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Nearly all of those with migraines and about 60% of those with tension type headaches will experience reductions in social activity and work capacity.

Headaches and migraines can have many triggers or driving factors. One thing they all have in common is, when you are having an episode there is increased nervous system activity in the brainstem (specifically the Trigemino-Cervical Complex or TCC). Understanding this is key to understanding the various management strategies of headaches and migraines.

The TCC has nerve fibres connecting to it that come from the upper three joints of the neck, the TMJ (Jaw Joint), the head and face. Due to this amazing convergence of nerves, a stimulus in one or more of these areas can contribute to sensitivity amongst all of them.

You can think of your headache or migraine-like a bucket of water and when that bucket overflows you get a headache. If there is pain, stiffness or dysfunction coming from the upper neck joints, the jaw, the head, or face this will start to fill the bucket up. So when there is increased tension or stiffness in the neck, you are more likely to overflow the bucket and get a headache. If you have jaw joint stiffness, pain, or even have had recent dental work performed, this can also lead to increased information heading toward the TCC, further filling up the bucket.

On the other hand, some systemic factors can reduce the size of the bucket. For example, if you are stressed, anxious, experiencing poor sleep, smoke or have a poor diet, these can all increase your nervous system sensitivity, therefore reducing the size of the bucket. This means it does not take as much to fill up the bucket and you may find yourself more prone to experiencing migraines and headaches. There are other rare medical conditions that could be the primary cause of the migraine or headache and your GP, a Neurologist and your health care team should be able to identify these if that is the case.

The positive aspect of having so many contributing factors is that this means there is a range of treatments that could be utilised. These health practitioners could all have something to add:

  • Physiotherapist: Can treat the cervical spine, the jaw or other contributing musculoskeletal issues
  • Dentist: Can treat the jaw and bite (if you clench or grind the teeth)
  • Dietitian: Can help you optimise your diet which can help with sleep, weight management, inflammation, and wellbeing
  • Psychologist: Can help you if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed
  • Neurologist: If you experience persistent or severe headaches, a Neurologist can help diagnose more complex causes or suggest a range of treatments such as medication or botox injections to reduce the tone in the muscles and block chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry signals from your brain that are perceived as pain.

If you would like more information and guidance, talk to our Physiotherapists or Dietitians for advice about how to best plan the management of your headaches or migraines.

 

Written by Shoulder, Neck and Headache Physiotherapist Adam Horwitz

Adam graduated from The University of Sydney with an applied science degree in Exercise and Sports Science followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy. He has undergone further training in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling as well as attended a range of courses for the management of shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ Disorders (Jaw Joint) and spinal pathologies.

Adam developed a keen interest in Physiotherapy and injury management through competing in Football, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Squash over the years. He uses a variety of techniques to help diagnose and treat his client’s injuries. His effective treatment planning includes easy to understand advice and education, soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisations and exercise prescription.

His inpatient hospital training gave him an in-depth knowledge of medical management of a variety of conditions and the effect hospitalisation can have on the body after discharge. Adam is fortunate to have worked with some of the leading hip, knee, shoulder and spinal specialists in the country. He is well experienced rehabilitating patients following joint replacements, including; Total Knee Replacements, Total Hip Replacements and Total Shoulder Replacements.

Through further training in Pilates and his involvement with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Adam has a deep understanding of human movement, biomechanics and how to use exercise to stimulate adaptation and recovery.

Adam is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.


Tips TO Make Sure Your Work Space Is Ergonomic

Tips From A Physiotherapist: How To Make Sure Your Workspace Is Ergonomic

Spending more time working from home? If so, you could be at risk of developing more aches and pains. While the home is a more relaxed environment, sending emails from the kitchen bench or having meetings in the lounge room, studies have shown that a long-term poor ergonomic setup could lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

Our physiotherapist provides tips on working from home:

  • Ensure your back support supports the natural curves of your spine
  • Chair height appropriate to ensure feet are flat and supported on the floor (sometimes you need to use a box or some books to accommodate for screen height)
  • Sit with your elbows and knees at a 90-degree angle
  • Set up the monitor so that the top line of text on the screen is at resting eye level

Along with a correct ergonomic setup, implement frequent, short breaks where you stand up, stretch or walk around a bit. This could be a simple as standing up for a phone call, having a snack, or making a cup of tea or coffee. Studies have proven that movement relaxes tissues, loosens joints and prevents stiffness, improves circulation, reduces fatigue, and builds stamina.

What Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists can do for you:

  • Our physiotherapists will help to quickly identify any risks early in your workstation set up BEFORE they develop into more serious conditions
  • Teach you the most effective stretches and exercises you can do to help when working from home -prevention is always better than cure!
  • This will help to boost your productivity levels and energy when working
  • Help to prevent time off work and sick days attributed to poor ergonomics leading to musculoskeletal problems
  • Help YOU to provide a solution to your work environment

Desk Stretches from our Physio Ed 

If you are experiencing any issues with working from home, contact our physiotherapists to discuss how they can help you.

Written by Physiotherapist Ed McHugh

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from Nottingham University in the UK in 2005 and went on to complete an MSc in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University in 2014. Ed is a highly skilled and dynamic physiotherapist with a proven track record of expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Ed has previously studied Sports Science at the prestigious Loughborough University and combines his knowledge in this field to help develop effective rehabilitation and exercise prescription.

Ed has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of clinical settings which have given him a wholesome understanding of physiotherapy to a variety of patient groups and settings. Ed has worked in private sports physiotherapy clinics, corporate healthcare, occupational health, and private hospital facilities as well as running his own private practice.

Ed’s specialist interests are treating sports injuries with a particular interest in the analysis of movement patterns in their role in the injury. Ed also has an interest in treating spinal pain conditions using a variety of manual techniques, acupuncture, and rehabilitation to help patients achieve their goals.

Ed is available for Physiotherapy appointments at the Caloundra clinic.