Signs You Need Physiotherapy

Aches and Pains That Scream an Urgent Visit to a Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy may be associated with disabled people, seniors, and those with injuries or recovering from one, but it is actually helpful in maintaining health for people of all ages.


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A study published in AFP (Australian Family Physician) showed that many health conditions that are checked by GPs are referred to physiotherapy.

  • Almost 80% of musculoskeletal problems
  • 5.07% of neurological concerns
  • Almost 5% of general & unspecified conditions
  • Nearly 3% of skin issues
  • 1.43% of urological problems

Even social problems are referred to a physiotherapist, although the percentage is low.

For some, physical therapy is crucial. For others, it is a choice.

In some cases, it is a need that has to be addressed the earliest time possible.

What are the signs that you need physiotherapy ASAP?

When you experience recurring pain

Injuries and other body aches often go away after a few weeks and some medication. Pain brought on by a sprained ankle, for example, will ease up after an affected ligament starts to heal.

However, if the pain recurs after a period of time, it becomes chronic, which can hamper you in many ways. Persistent back pain, for example, can cause stress which can lead to other health conditions.

Before it’s too late, it is important to see a certified physiotherapist and get down to the root of the problem. They will perform a thorough examination and recommend a rehabilitation program appropriate for you.

What is great about physical therapy is that most treatments are designed to resolve your problem permanently.

When you experience pain after sitting at your desk for long periods

Your body is designed for movement, which is why it’s not a surprise that you will experience pain when you remain seated for extended periods of time. Since you remain in one posture when sitting at your desk, you may experience cramps of the joints and muscles, headaches, and backaches.

Although these problems can be remedied by taking regular breaks and keeping the body in motion and active, a physical therapist can help you adapt better work habits in terms of proper posture.

Physiotherapy services that include job task and environmental analysis are exactly what you need to make the pain go away.  

When old injuries re-assert themselves

If an old injury flares up as a result of certain activities, you should have yourself checked by a physiotherapist. They, more than anyone else, have the skills and knowledge on how to address physical problems old or new. Even conditions that have built-up over time is right up their alley. So why suffer when you can spare yourself from the pain?

When you have balance problems

Are you experiencing symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, and lack of balance? It is possible that there are issues in your inner ear, which houses structures that are vital to maintaining your body’s balance.

There is a physiotherapy treatment that will make the symptoms go away. But a therapist can only recommend it after a thorough examination. In most cases, your treatment plan will include a string of exercises that will reconfigure your nervous system.

When you experience urinary incontinence

As you age, urinating in an uncontrollable manner will become a bigger problem, especially in women. If this happens to you, it can be one of two things – urge incontinence or stress incontinence. The former refers to an intense need to urinate causing leakage, while the latter refers to sneezing and coughing that place stress on the bladder.

Although this condition increases with age, seniors don’t need to suffer in silence. A physiotherapist can recommend pelvic floor exercises to help with the problem. This explains why physical therapy is essential in aged care facilities.

When you are affected by neurological disorders

Did you recently have a stroke that caused mobility and flexibility problems? Physiotherapy is what you need to help you learn the skills you lost. The work may be extensive, but it is better than nothing. A physical therapist will provide tools and exercise that can help with your condition. They are also responsible for identifying how much stress you can take while performing your treatments.

With almost 4,000 physiotherapy businesses operating in Australia in 2010, according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, you don’t have an excuse not to see one when the need arises, urgent or otherwise.

For employees and athletes, make The Office Athlete’s physiotherapists your new best friend.

Get over your Selfie !

The rise of Selfie-induced injury is getting out of hand

I am certain you have heard of golfer’s ? elbow or tennis ? elbow? These are common injuries seen in a typical Physiotherapy clinic setting.

Now with the rise in non-stop connectivity ? and the need to constantly curate our lives comes an influx of new terms to describe overuse injuries that come along for the ride too.

Tech-neck ? 
Ipad-hand ?
and now … ‘Selfie-elbow’ ??


we spend over 4 hours a day on our phone! ?

The crux of this, really, is to recognize that when a part of your body hurts, you should stop doing whatever it is that’s making it hurt. If your thumb starts shaking or hurting when you put it in a certain position, give it a rest from that position for a while. If your elbow hurts when you’re taking a selfie, switch arms, adjust your position or maybe just let that selfie slide…

Have a stretch, walk outside, read a book or play some golf or tennis instead!

Your body will thank you ??

The Rise of Musculoskeletal Work-Related Injuries and How to Prevent Them


Did you know that 90% of worker’s compensation claims in 2014-2015 were due to injury and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? This data comes from the latest report released by Safe Work Australia. The numbers also show that the parts of the body most affected by injury or disease were the back (21%), hand (13%), shoulder (11%), and knee (10%). MSDs are any injury, damage, or disorder of the joints, muscles, nerves, and tendons in the back or upper or lower limbs.


The report also shows that Australia spends more than $60 billion a year on workplace injury and illness. Experts say it comes as no surprise that musculoskeletal problems make up the majority of claims since many occupations require manual handling. However, these types of injuries can be eliminated or minimised through simple and cost-effective initiatives.


Most Common and Costly Musculoskeletal Injuries at Work


A 2016 report entitled “Statistics on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders” shows that over a five-year period (2009 to 2014), there were 360, 180 serious MSD claims. Of that number, the top problems were soft tissue disorders (29%), trauma to muscles and tendons (21%) and trauma to joints or ligaments (14%).


The data also shows that the majority of serious MSD claims were due to body stressing, specifically muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects (62.9%). The second most common cause was falls, trips, or slips of a person (22.


Serious claims for MSD injuries and diseases resulted in a 35% increase in the median time lost from work between 2000 and 2013. The frequency rates for serious MSD claims generally increased as age group increased. Statistics show that older employees aged 45 to 64 years for both males and females made an average of 5 claims per million hours worked. Considering the impact of ageing on the human body, it comes as no surprise that the older population are more susceptible to musculoskeletal problems.


According to a recent post on disease and injury statistics on the Safe Work Australia website, the median time lost for a serious claim rose by 33% between 2000-2001 and 2013-2014. From 4.2 working weeks, the numbers rose to 5.6. Over the same period, compensation for such claims increased by 94% – from $5,200 in 2000-2001, it grew to $10,100 in 2013-2014.  


Why the Numbers Are Alarming


The latest released data shows that although the rate of serious claims is decreasing, the time lost from work is increasing. Additionally, it is costing the economy more than $60 billion when there are preventative solutions available for just a fraction of that amount. But it is not only the Australian economy that is affected. Workers who suffer from MSD injury or disease experience pain, stress, anxiety, and suffering. All of these can worsen their current health condition. And of course, with more employees taking time off due to musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses, the other workers are affected due to changes in their workload and environment.


Another point to consider is that the Australian workforce is ageing. Based on the 2015 Intergenerational report, the number of workers over 65 will rise from 12.9% to 17.3% by 2023. Thanks to medical interventions, more people are able to work well into their golden years and have more time to prepare for their retirement and aged care needs. But this also means that more employees will be older and ageing, and thus are more susceptible to musculoskeletal problems.  


This chain reaction and the compelling statistics have pushed Safe Work Australia to identify MSDs as a priority in its “Australian Strategy 2012 to 2022” report.


How to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries at Work


  1. Develop and implement a risk assessment plan.


This includes identifying, assessing, controlling, and evaluating safety hazards and risks.


  1. Practice pre-employment screening.


Ensure that testing is more specific to the requirements of a certain job. For example, if you are hiring a removal team, make sure applicants are able to handle the physical demands of their work. You should also make more functional job descriptions.


  1. Train employees in preventative measures.


You can work with physiotherapists who specialise in workplace wellness. These experts can give your company injury prevention seminars, manual handling and risk mitigation trainings, and ergonomic assessments. They can also conduct exercise programs focusing on strength and conditioning for the rehabilitation and injury prevention of your employees.


  1. Create a more ergonomic and safer environment.


Tailoring equipment and adjusting work station layouts are just some ways to improve posture and prevent MSD injuries and illnesses. When implementing your ergonomics programs, make sure that you take into consideration any special needs that your workers might have. For example, your older employees will need better lighting and bigger and clear text for written content. They may also need machinery that can reduce the physical exertion required to perform a certain task.


Whether you are the employer or worker, and no matter if you are a young or older employee, everyone must work together. This is essential in ensuring musculoskeletal issues, as well as other injuries and diseases are prevented as efficiently as possible in the workplace.