PRE & POST SURGICAL REHAB
Physiotherapy is an important adjunct to most musculoskeletal procedures.
Having a physiotherapist help guide your recovery in conjunction with your surgeon will ensure:
Full strength and movement are restored safely.
Full function and return to work, activity and sport are achieved.
Secondary issues that may arise are minimized.
Physiotherapy can be completed prior to a procedure to ensure you are in the best place pre-operatively. This includes building up your strength, movement, managing secondary issues if they arise. This approach has been shown to result in faster recovery times after your procedure.
Post Operatively physiotherapy begins in conjunction with your post operative orders. In hospital some simple exercises can be used to help minimise post surgical complications. If appropriate some early strength and range of movement exercises may also be given. Once discharged from hospital exercise consultation with your physiotherapist to guide progression to regain full movement, strength and function will be required. In order to do this most effectively and safely we have experience in many operative procedures.
Common Surgeries Requiring Physiotherapy:
Knee: Knee replacements, Arthroscopes, Cruciate and Ligament Reconstructions, Lateral release, Patella Tendon Procedures, Chondroplasty, Meniscal repairs.
Hip & Knee: Joint replacements, Arthroscopes, Repairs and Fractures.
Ankle: Reconstructive surgery, Ligament repair, Arthroscope, Fasciotomy, Achilles surgery, Fractures.
Spinal: Discectomy, Micro-discectomy, Laminectomy, Fusion
Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Repair, Acromioplasty, Stabilisation, Reconstruction, Fracture
Elbow: Tennis elbow and Golfers Elbow Release
Wrist and hand: fractures, tendon repairs, Carpal Tunnel release.
No matter what level of activity or sport you participate and compete at injuries occur. You need someone that has experience with various sports at various levels and an understanding of the body. Injuries in sport can occur both as an acute injury such as a ligament sprain or muscle tear. Or they gradually appear over time such as a painful achiles tendon in a runner or shoulder in a swimmer. They are as varied as the patients that see us and their goals.
To get best results you need an individualised assessment and treatment approach based on your injury, the cause(s) of the injury, the sport you play and what your goals are. Physiotherapy for sport aims to promote optimal healing and recovery from injury by restoring strength, movement and function. But it’s important to also assess and ascertain the cause of the condition in order to prevent a recurrence. The goal of treatment is to take you from a level of pain and/or dysfunction and to return you to the best level possible. Rehabilitation doesn’t end when you are pain-free, but when you have restored your function and addressed the causative factors of your injury.
Why wait for an injury? Athletes at the highest level spend time injury prevention and conditioning work to keep them on the field, on the track or in the pool. We know from evidence and experiences what factors can greatly increase and decrease your risk of injury. Whether it be inadequate strength and power, lack of flexibility, muscular imbalance, poor posture, sub-optimal mechanics and movement patterns, all these things can be assessed for and addressed so not only can you help prevent injury but you should be able to improve your body and performance as well.
THE GLAD ARTHRITIS PROGRAM
GLA:D Program for hip and knee arthritis
- what is it?
The GLA:D® program (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms.
OA is the most common lifestyle condition affecting individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect those as young as 30.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis. In Australia however, treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:D Australia program offers a better and safer alternative.
Background of the GLA:D Program
Research from the GLA:D® Denmark found that patient reported symptoms reduced by 32% after partaking in the program. Other favourable outcomes included less pain, reduced use of pain killers, and less sick leave or absenteeism. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased their levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program. Similar results have also occurred via the GLA:D Canada Program.
This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move efficiently, prevent symptom progression and reduce their pain.
What does GLA:D involve?
The GLA:D program is an eight week intervention and includes education and exercise, based on the latest evidence in osteoarthritis research. The program is supervised by a certified GLA:D physiotherapist, with the aim to help patients manage their OA symptoms.
GLA:D® Australia training consists of:
An initial appointment with a GLA:D certified physiotherapist explaining the program and collecting data on baseline functional ability
Two education sessions where you will learn about OA, how the GLA:D intervention improves joint stability and can reduce symptoms, and ongoing management following the program
Group neuromuscular training sessions which occur twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint.
GLA:D® Australia is being unveiled in private and public hospitals and physiotherapy clinics.
Can I participate in GLA:D Australia?
GLA:D® Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity or x-ray reports. You may participate in the GLA:D® Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.
You may not be eligible to participate in the GLA:D® Australia program if you have
Other sources of knee pain including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
Inflammatory conditions that are more pronounced than osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
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If you have queries in regards to the eligibility criteria please feel free to contact us.
You do not need a referral from your Doctor to partake in the GLA:D program. However you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.
Find out more
The GLA:D program is available in Sandringham, Oakleigh and Monbulk, however may be 1-1 sessions. Please contact you closest clinic via phone for further information or to register your interest.
What are Swimming Screenings for?
Sports screenings are used for the assessment of an athlete that will help improve their performance and progression, whilst helping to identify the causes of technique breakdown, injury or future injury risk. Swimming is an amazingly different sport as it is not performed on land but in water, and the upper body is the prime mover, not the legs. The high repetitive workload on the body, and sub optimal technique, are the major causes of injury.
What is involved in a Swimming Screening?
During a screening, specific tests are performed to assess strength and control, range of motion and flexibility. At the end of the screening the physiotherapist will run through the findings with you. If there are any major issues identified within your screening, your physiotherapist will advise you on the best intervention. This may include ongoing physiotherapy treatment to loosen up tight tissues. It may include other strategies to help you improve in the area’s that have been identified as your area’s of weakness, such as a home exercise program. Your results will also be passed onto your coach.
How often should you get a swimming
It is advised that screenings are redone to reassess your progress to see if you are improving, and to adjust your dry land exercises. Frequency of screenings are individually dependant, occurring more frequently with those that have more issues.