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Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at AHP Connect

Musculoskeletal rehabilitation or MSK for short, is an umbrella term which encompasses all everyday injuries due to problems with muscles, bones, ligaments, or peripheral nerves. More commonly used terms include, muscle strains, joint sprains, tears, body aches, fractures, disc bulges, migraines, back pain, and sciatica.

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In the majority of cases, physiotherapy treatment can be effective for a range of conditions when treated by a skilled and experienced physiotherapy professional. Most people may seek advice from a physio for rehabilitation or to alleviate pain from an injury that may have occurred during the gym, sport or at work, however you do not need to have any injury to visit a physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy can be used as a preventative measure against injury, as well as to build strength and fitness. There are different types of physiotherapy such as sports physio, musculoskeletal physio, neurological physio, and cardiovascular physio. Under these physiotherapy types, physiotherapists can provide treatment for a broad range of conditions including chronic pain, sports injuries, arthritis, aches, and sprains.

The cost of physiotherapy can vary from clinic to clinic, depending on a variety of factors. Medicare rebates, or private health insurance are accepted across many practices to reduce out-of-pocket expense for physio treatment.

Under the Medicare Benefits Schedule, Medicare benefits are available for up to five allied health appointments per calendar year for each eligible patient, of which physiotherapy is included. To receive Medicare rebates for a physiotherapy session, you must be classified as having a chronic musculoskeletal condition and obtain a referral from your GP.

It should be noted, however that Medicare does not typically cover the entire fee, and therefore you may incur any remaining costs. Private health funds accepted by a physio clinic are usually disclosed on the practice’s website; just like Medicare, Private health insurance does not cover the entire fee.

Acupuncture and dry needling are both forms of needling therapies, and involve the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific locations across the skin to trigger particular responses. The main differences between dry needling and acupuncture are the technique and theory for how and where the needles are placed.

Dry needling is focused on using strong stimulation of trigger points in order to reduce muscle tension. In contrast to this, western anatomical acupuncture is based on channel theory and does not use strong stimulation, but rather uses trigger points to heal the body and muscle naturally. A physical therapist will use dry needling to relieve pain and tension from knots and pressure points in muscle tissue, whereas practitioners of acupuncture insert needles to release endorphins and affect the central nervous system.

In addition to this, the patient process also differs between the two practices. Acupuncture needles are typically left in place for 15-30 minutes, with an acupuncturist performing the treatment. An acupuncturist is a certified health professional who applies traditional Chinese medicine in the form of acupuncture.

During dry needling, however, needles will be placed deeply or superficially depending on which area of the body is being treated. They are typically left in for no longer than 15 minutes, with the occasional manipulation or winding of the needle. Dry needling is most often performed by physical therapists or sports injury specialists, who are trained and correctly certified in the treatment for myofascial trigger points.

Shockwave therapy is a device designed to treat chronic pain and a range of musculoskeletal disorders. It is used across multiple disciplines including podiatry, sports medicine, and physiotherapy. Originally used for the treatment of kidney stones in the 1980s, the key benefits of shockwave treatment are fast pain relief and mobility restoration.

Shockwave therapy is a non invasive therapy that effectively stimulates the body’s intrinsic repair mechanisms to restore normal tissue and heal injured tissue. It has been found to be an effective treatment for tendon injuries and orthopaedic conditions.

Unsure if the pain you’re experiencing warrants a physiotherapy appointment? Or maybe you participate in a sport and are looking to strengthen your muscles and improve endurance. Regardless of your circumstance, physiotherapy sessions offer a holistic approach to assist your recovery and rehabilitation process.

Below are some of the top reasons that can indicate when you should see a physiotherapist:

  • You’re tired all the time. 
  • You experience regular headaches. 
  • Your mobility is restricted. 
  • You are experiencing acute or chronic pain. 
  • You are looking to improve your athletic performance. 

Physiotherapy plays a significant role in the treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of common conditions and injuries. A physiotherapist can assist in the treatment of many things including back and knee pain, sports injuries, arthritis, aches, sprains, incontinence, neurological conditions, chronic disease management, and rehabilitation. 

At AHP Connect, our qualified physiotherapists work in treating a number of physica problems, as well as health and medical conditions:

  • Back Pain 
  • Bursitis 
  • Tendinopathies 
  • Sprains 
  • Injuries 
  • Chronic Diseases

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