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Sports Injuries and Treatment at Inner North Osteopathy

Inner North Osteopathy and its highly trained Osteopaths are passionate about treating sports injuries.

Whether you are an elite sports person or the average person who exercises to keep fit, you are at risk of injury when your joint or muscle flexibility is reduced or you have specific muscle imbalances or weaknesses.

The Osteopaths at Inner North are able to assess your movement restrictions and/or tissue weakness in order to assist in your full recovery. They can also provide advice relating to prevention of re-injury, allowing you a much quicker rate of recovery and return to the sports you love doing.

Sports Injuries treated at Inner North Osteopathy Brunswick

We are enthusiastic about assessing and treating a whole range of sports injuries and we are committed to providing expert and guided exercise rehabilitation.

Common injuries we see include:

  • Tendon injuries.
  • Muscle tears and Injuries
  • Acute and chronic knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
  • Running injuries.
  • Foot injuries.
  • Neck and Back Strains.
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow.
  • Achilles Sprains and Tendinitis

How are sports injuries Treated?

Treatment will often include soft tissue massage, muscle stretching and gentle joint manipulation. Prescriptive exercise rehabilitation will be provided if required. We can also provide Comprehensive Gait Analysis. At all times we work with the patient to decide which treatment course is best for them.

A referral to receive appropriate scans will be given if further diagnostic information is required. If your condition requires another opinion, or treatment approach (e.g. from sports doctor or surgeon) referral will be prompt.

Dry Needling for Sports Injuries

Dry Needling Therapy (not to be confused with acupuncture) is a technique that uses fine needles inserted into what are known as myofascial trigger points – essentially the tight points throughout your muscles that are tender to push on- along with other osteopathic techniques to relieve pain and restore function.
Don’t be scared by the name, dry needling is a relatively painless technique and many people find it more comfortable than traditional massage of tight and tender muscles.

  • relaxation of tight muscles
  • increased joint range of motion
  • reduced pain in muscles and joints
  • improved healing of strains and sprains
  • improved sleep following treatment of many areas

Dry needling therapy can be used to treat patients of all ages and for a majority of musculoskeletal conditions. Some conditions it is especially effective for include:

  • epicondylitis (tennis or golfers elbow)
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • plantar fasciitis
  • ankle sprains
  • chronic muscular tightness

How does shockwave therapy help with treatment?

Shockwave treatment, or ESWT, was originally developed to cure kidney stones (renal calculi) through an external application on the skin. It was created as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from kidney stones. Further, it showed an improvement in chronic musculoskeletal conditions in a few patients who had their kidney stones successfully treated, leading to the use of radial shockwave for tendons and other soft tissues.

Shockwave therapy plays several roles in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, allowing for immediate improvement of symptoms and when combined with other treatment approaches, it may provide complete resolution of all symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopaths are primary healthcare providers which means that no referral is necessary. If your treatment is being covered by WorkSafe, TAC or DVA, you will require a referral to ensure that your costs are covered.

We are able to treat WorkSafe, TAC, EPC and DVA patients, however you will require a referral from your GP. For TAC and WorkSafe patients we will also require your claim number and date of injury.

We are covered by private health funds via extras cover. Exact details will vary depending on the individual fund and level of cover. We do have a Hicaps machine which enables you to claim health fund payments on the spot.

For medicare rebates you must qualify for an EPC plan. You will need to discuss this with your GP, and a referral is necessary.

Yes, please bring in any X-ray, CT or MRI scan results you may have. If you have a report for these scans, make sure you bring this along as well.

During your first consultation your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes during the course of your osteopathic treatment, you should tell your osteopath.

Your osteopath may ask about any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.

Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Next, your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.

The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. As part of the examination, you may also be asked to bend over or stand in your underwear. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear.

As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.

Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Depending on your condition, they can take 30-40 minutes.

Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.

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