Osteoarthritis – What you need to know

What is osteoarthritis? A common expression for osteoarthritis (OA) you may have heard is “bone on bone”. However, there is much more to it than that. OA in a nutshell is a natural aging process in which the cartilage that lines the end of a bone in a joint begin to thin, causing an overall reduction in joint space between two or more bones. This means that not all cases of OA are “bone on bone”, which may only be apparent in severe cases rather than those with...

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Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain is a common source of headache pain. This occurs due to stiffness or sprain to the top 3 joints in the neck or a strain of the surrounding muscles. The nerves that carry these pain signals cross over with the nerves that carry signals from your face, especially from areas of your temple or across your forehead. The brain then gets confused where these messages are coming from, and means you will experience both pains at the same time. A physiotherapist can...

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Pregnancy Pain

Discomfort during pregnancy is common, particularly in the hips and lower back as the body prepares for birth, and your center of mass comes further forward placing stress on the lower joints of your back and hips.   If it becomes more painful and starts impacting your day to day activities, it is worth booking in for a physiotherapy assessment in order to diagnose the issue, and begin a treatment plan.   Some common conditions include:  Pelvic Girdle Pain: Pain across the joints of the...

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COVID-19 Update

We are still open Due to the recent updates in line with government restrictions Stage 4, we would like to reinforce that we remain open at this time. The new restrictions still allow you to leave your home to attend medical and/or health appointments, this includes Physiotherapy. Curfew restrictions for Melbourne For Melbourne residents, a curfew has been put in place from 8pm to 5am every evening. Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave home for food and necessary supplies, exercise, work...

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Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a group of conditions affecting the most used joints in the body, mostly in the elbow, wrist and shoulder. These strains are mainly job related, and could happen to everyone from desk workers to tradespeople. The most common RSI’s are  Tennis Elbow: Pain and discomfort on the outside of the elbow, common in workers that sit at a desk typing/using mouse or tradespeople doing repetitive work with tools such as drills and hammers.   Carpal Tunnel: Pain across the front of the wrist. You can also...

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COVID-19 Communication

COVID-19 CLINIC UPDATE In light of the recent changes to stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm Wednesday the 9th of July **WE ARE STILL OPEN AND OPERATING AT NORMAL HOURS** Our staff continue to practice strict hygiene practice and socially distance. All our therapists now wear face masks.  Clients are required to have a temperature check on entry to the clinic. All surfaces are cleaned before and after each treatment. Our waiting rooms are set up to meet the 1.5m guidelines....

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Scar Tissue management

Scar tissue massage:  Therapy to scar tissue can have some fantastic results!   Here is one of our clients who had a biceps tenodesis (a procedure to fix issues with the biceps tendon). His scar was very inflamed initally as you can see in the left photo it is quite raised. Five weeks later and you can barely see the scar!  Scaring occurs following an injury to soft tissue such as your skin. This is a result following surgery, an accident or disease that leaves a wound. Scaring is a healing process...

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Exciting changes at Hoppers Physio 

We have officially welcomed the return of ten semi-private clinical exercise classes and three hydrotherapy classes over the past two weeks! Hydrotherapy is currently taking place at ‘Swim 4 All’, 10 Merchants Ct, Werribee.  It has also been fantastic to see some of our regular clients returning to the clinic to complete their independent clinical exercise and make use of our fully equipped gym.  There will be more changes in the coming weeks with hydrotherapy returning to Aquapulse on the 22nd of June and we also look forward to re-introducing group exercise classes and further semi-private classes in the coming...

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