Physiotherapy is an evidence based clinical health science. Practitioners aim to use treatments that have been demonstrated to be effective through evidence based scientific research. This is then underpinned with clinical reasoning and experience that compliments any treatment and can be further individualised for the client and their needs.
Physiotherapists are specialists in the management of movement disorders. Observation and hands-on assessment are utilised to evaluate an individuals problem.
Australian physiotherapists are world leaders in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of muscle and joint problems, and also embrace recent advances in the understanding of pain physiology and neuromotor control.
Ideally, physiotherapy will diagnose your injury, provide you with strategies to manage your condition, hasten your return to normal activity and assist in preventing further recurrences.
Physiotherapists will often specialise in a chosen field, which might include paediatrics, sports, continence, vestibular or management of musculoskeletal issues.
- Paediatric Physiotherapy: aims to help and treat children and young people with physical problems as well as providing support to their families and carers.
- Sports physiotherapy: aims to help with the physical issues and injuries sustained by athletes.
- Continence physiotherapy: aims to help with pelvic floor issues for men and women,
- Vestibular physiotherapy: aims to help with issues related to the inner ear and balance. Symptoms include vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance and/or imbalance.
- Musculoskeletal physiotherapy: aims to help with adolescent postural or growth related pathologies, sporting or work place injuries.
Physiotherapy can use a range of diagnostic tools including real-time ultrasound to accurately image and initiate core and pelvic floor retraining, GaitScan to assess foot function and if necessary, formulate/fabricate specialised custom orthotics and Shockwave therapy, one of the most recent developments to assist in resolving chronic muscle/tendon disorders by literally speeding up the healing process.
Nigel Pitman works at Ocean Shores Physiotherapy. They specialise in management of musculoskeletal injuries, which might include adolescent postural or growth related pathologies, sporting or work place injuries.