Mature man suffering from knee pain on sofa

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints our allied health professionals see in clinic. But do not worry – physiotherapy has been proven to be extremely helpful in alleviating knee pain.[1]

Why is knee pain so common?

Mature man suffering from knee pain on sofaThe knee is the largest shock absorbing joint in the leg and takes the brunt of our day-to-day loads. The knee joint is essentially made up of bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Four bones make up your knee joint: the thigh bone (femur), shin bones (tibia and fibula) and the patella (kneecap). These bones are lined with chondral cartilage and two meniscus (tough rubbery pieces of cartilage) that sit between your thigh and shin bones to help absorb shock and facilitate movement. There are four important structural ligaments that keep your knee stable and the muscles around your knee also support your joint. Any of these structures can be a source of pain.

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Easter is nearly here and, for a lot of Australian families, it is their favourite time of year to dust off their tents, hammocks and sleeping bags and hit the road for their annual camping holiday. It is also a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to swap the “screen time” for “green time” and explore all the great outdoors has to offer, all while getting in their recommended physical activity each day (and burning off those Easter chocolates)!

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By Chen Li – BAppSc(Phty), Hand Therapy Group Physiotherapist, Accredited Hand Therapist (AHTA), Certified Hand Therapist (USA)

Finger injuries are generally known as a ‘jarred finger.’ It commonly occurs in sports such as netball,  AFL, oz tag and rugby. Quite often they are left untreated and can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and finger deformities. Here we take a look at the most common finger injuries and how a hand therapist can help.

 

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