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Physiotherapy At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic Penrith

Evidence-Based Physiotherapy Penrith

What does a physiotherapist do?

Physiotherapy is a profession that diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal injuries, complaints and conditions. These include injury to joints, muscles, intervertebral discs, ligaments and tendons. Physiotherapists uses passive and active physical techniques to manage associated impairments such as pain, restricted range of motion, joint stiffness, muscle tightness, weakness, poor balance and to help speed up your healing process and increase your quality of life.

Physiotherapy interventions, especially exercise in the form of progressive overload can be effective in most musculoskeletal complaints were resilience and capacity are affected. All physiotherapists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). They must be qualified, have insurance and be continuing their education.

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic Penrith our physiotherapy approach is based on evidence based practice and has a specific focus on impairment based interventions.

What does evidence-based practice mean?

The use of evidence-based practice ensures that clinical practice is based on sound evidence and patients benefit as a result. Using evidence-based practice also results in more consistent clinical recommendations and practice, ensuring that the patient receives research supported interventions to maximise the outcome.

The process of evidence-based practice usually begins with over-arching questions about the effects of treatment or care, the choice of diagnostic tests, the likely outcome of an injury or condition, or the background of a condition. To undertake evidence-based practice our physiotherapists ask ‘is this treatment effective?’ The process is then continued as evidence is accessed, appraised, and finally put into practice.

Common conditions treated by physiotherapists

  • Low back pain: disc protrusions, disc bulge, facet joint arthropathy, sciatica, lateral recess stenosis, canal stenosis.

  • Mid back pain: thoracic outlet syndrome, mid back stiffness

  • Neck pain: neck pain related headaches, joint mediated neck pain, neck disc protrusions.

  • Shoulder pain: rotator cuff related shoulder pain, shoulder bursitis, frozen shoulder, AC joint pathology, labral tears.

  • Elbow/wrist: tennis elbow, golfers elbow, TFCC, De quervain's, wrist instability.

  • Hip pain: greater trochanteric pain syndrome, gluteal tendinopathy, hip bursitis, piriformis syndrome, ITB syndrome, hip labral tear, hip osteoarthritis.

  • Knee pain: patellofemoral pain, anterior knee pain, infrapatellar fat pad syndrome, meniscus injury, quad and patella tendinopathy, ACL/PCL post-op rehabilitation, MCL/LCL grade 1-3 tears and post-op rehabilitation.

  • Lower leg pain: Achilles tendinopathy, calf strain/tear, tibialis posterior tendinopathy, shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome).

  • Ankle and foot: medial and lateral ankle sprain, chronic ankle instability, sinus tarsi syndrome, peroneal tenosynovitis, flat foot, plantar fasciopathy.

Common techniques used by physiotherapists

Common treatment interventions used by physiotherapists to manage impairments such as pain, restricted range of motion, joint stiffness, muscle tightness and weakness include:

  • joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce joint mediated pain and stiffness

  • soft tissue work to reduce muscle mediated pain

  • dynamic high load mobility to increase joint range of motion

  • neurodynamics- nerve stretching to help relieve neural tension

  • research supported exercise (mechanotherapy) to increase strength and endurance

  • education and advice


An Accurate Diagnosis

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith we believe in an accurate assessment to understanding your condition/injury and what tissue is painful and irritable.

Associated Impairments

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith we link your diagnosis or condition to specific impairments, which helps you get the best prognosis, treatment and outcome.

Techniques Proven To Work

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith our philosophy is entrenched in evidence based practice, which means you'll get treatments proven to work.

One on One Private Room

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith your treatment is one on one and in a private room. We don't treat multiple people at once, nor do we have curtains.

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