Mechanisms of Dry Needling
Dry Needle Mount Isa

Dry needling is a technique that is fast gaining appreciation within the physiotherapy world, with many practitioners throughout Australia now trained in the use of acupuncture needles to assist with their client’s pain and rehabilitation. Dry needling is a unique procedure intended to specifically target and restore muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. This is important as continued activity with poor muscle function may lead to furtherread more

Do You Have Patellofemoral Pain?
Femoral Pain

Pain at the front of the knee and under the kneecap is a frequent complaint we see at Total Physio Isa – this discomfort can be due to conditions such as fat pad impingement, patellar tendinopathy or more commonly – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. In this article we will tell you more about knee pain and how to get rid of it. The typical Patellofemoral Pain patient presents with a history of a generalised ache atread more

What is Sciatica?
Back Pain Total Physio Isa

While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the sciatic nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections and injury to the nerve. What are the symptoms? Sciatica pain canread more

Muscle soreness after exercise – DOMS

We have all experienced that feeling of aching sore muscles after exercise whether it is after the first session in a couple of years or after a particularly hard work out. This is commonly known as “Delayed onset of muscle soreness” or DOMS for short. DOMS is exercise related muscle pain which develops after exercise, this is due to microtrauma which occurs in the muscles resulting in an inflammatory process. The muscular soreness develops andread more

Don’t let the cold whether freeze up your joints.

With the cooler went months approaching, we know that there are some people out there who are dreading it. Not because of the actual temperature but for the fact that they are not looking forward to having aching and sore joints. Osteoarthritis or arthritis as it is more commonly refer to affects about 1 in 11 people Australians that is 9.3% of the population. Arthritis is a condition whereby the cushioning between the joints becomesread more


The dizzy patient – Managing patients with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) “I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning….” Whilst a catchy song by Tommy Roe in the 1960’s, being dizzy is not an enjoyable experience and can be difficult for patients to cope with. One cause of dizziness can be due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. How Common is BPPV? Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vestibular dysfunction inread more

Facet Joint Syndrome: The Economic Burden

One of the most common conditions we see here is back pain caused by facet joint syndrome. Which has an impact on patient’s functionality and inevitably participation in society. Facet joint syndrome is pain caused by injury to the facet joints. A facet joint are synovial joints located between the vertebra of your spine and their function is to guide and limit movement of that spinal segment. Injury to the facet joints can result inread more

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot injury associated with activities that require jumping, running or repetitive loading. Most athletes will experience pain on the base of the heel or arch,when landing or pushing off, especially with the first steps in the morning. There may be stiffness associated with it before it starts to ease. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia insertion into the heel. This can occur due to over training, dramatic increasedread more

ACL Injuries

There are three “grades” of ACL injuries. Most ACL injuries occur along with damage to additional structures of the knee. These injuries usually impact the cartilage. ACL injuries are divided into three different “grades” of severity. Grade 1 Sprains: the ACL has been stretched, though the joint remains stable. Grade 2 Sprains: the ligament is stretched to the point it becomes extremely loose. This is often considered a partial tear. Grade 3 Sprains: the ligamentread more

Can you remember your physio exercises? …uhm something like this?

Well, we have all been there right? After a great visit to our friendly physio and walking out with some homework to do…that we often do not complete. The actual question is “Why don’t we complete our homework, if we know that it’s going to help resolve the problem and improve our treatment plan results?”. Maybe because you cannot remember how to do them? Maybe you just simply lost the pages you were given? Mayberead more

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