Chronic Pain

A recent report estimated in 2018 there were 3.24 million Australians living with chronic pain, with more than half being of working age. Chronic pain is defined as anyone living with pain that lasts more than 3 months. The total cost of this chronic pain is estimated to be $73.2 billion. The cost of reduced quality of life for these individuals is valued at $66.1 billion. Many of these pain conditions are related to joint and muscle pains.

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How much load can my back take?

We are often asked how much load can I safely lift without hurting my back? This question often comes from the old-fashioned thought that backs are weak and vulnerable. If you have previously experienced back pain, this is a very real question as there is a natural concern not to re-injure your back.

Backs are well designed to bend and take load. How much we can lift and carry depends on the strength of our muscles. Both our muscles and… Continue reading

Kids and Sport

This is the time of year, when lots of families are signing children up for winter sport or restarting school sport after the summer break. Sport is an incredibly important component for our health and well-being. Habits formed when we are young help into our future. 

A recent study showed Australian school students are amongst the least active in the world. 9 out of 10 children fall below the recommended activity level. The Australian Government guidelines recommend 5-17 year olds… Continue reading

Osteoarthritis

It is estimated osteoarthritis costs the Australian community approximately $23 billion per year. With an ageing population, the number of people with arthritis and the costs are expected to increase. The good news is help is at hand.

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Welcome Andrew

Burns Bay Physiotherapy welcomes Andrew Wang to our practice.Andrew previously worked at the Royal North Shore Hospital, then in private practice in Canberra. He has also provided sports coverage for various soccer and rugby clubs. 

Andrew has strong interests and extensive experience in assessing and treating musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports injuries for the neck, back, upper and lower limbs. He is also qualified in advanced dry needling. Andrew is experienced in treating a wide variety of clienteles from elite… Continue reading

Hip Pain

Pain around the outside of the hip region is extremely common and more common in the older population. Traditionally this pain is referred to as trochanteric bursitis and often poorly managed with people being told it is part of the aging process and given injections trying to help. This approach ignores the vital question of why someone has pain and frequently leads to poor outcomes.

Typically pain in the outside of the hip develops when there is a weakness in… Continue reading

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints and yet, it is the most poorly understood and treated. People often believe nothing can be done to help. For some people their pain is mild, but for others it can be debilitating. Too frequently people end up stopping doing the things they love or need to do because of their back. Not participating in activities because of your back can become your new normal, as can taking medications and resting to cope. This scenario can have a significant personal, social and economic impact on your life. Continue reading

Children Studying

Children spend a large part of their day sitting at school, university and home as they study. Most sit at desks but others sit in bed and on the lounges to work. At times they will sit for many hours at a time. It is common to worry whether they are damaging themselves by the way they are sitting. Continue reading

Balance Control

It is easy to take balance for granted when we are young and have good balance. By the time we reach old age, poor balance is common. In the older population we see people walking slowly with caution, holding the railings and generally limiting activities because they feel unstable. These people risk falling and increase their risk of fractures. Continue reading

Physio research in media

Many of you will have been aware of recent coverage looking at the relative benefits of Physiotherapy compared to surgery for back pain and for knee pain. Similar findings are shown in some shoulder injuries. Numerous studies now show that too frequently people end up having surgery with the misplaced assumption that changes seen on X-ray are the cause of the pain and therefore removing or modifying this structure will fix the pain. Continue reading

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NSW 2066

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