ankle-sprain physio

What is an Ankle Sprain?

‘Ankle Sprain’

It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog so we thought we would kick it off again with the classic ankle sprain!

The three little red bands you see on the outside of the ankle above are the most commonly injured ligaments when you roll your ankle inwards (the most common type of ankle sprain).

Depending on the severity of the roll, determines how many and how badly you can damage those ligaments!
As you can see, the different grades indicate the different severities.

One of our pet hates which unfortunately happens quite often is people are given poor advice and education regarding the management of these injuries.

First and foremost, if you sustain an ankle sprain, give one of us a call! We will guide you through the necessary steps to take early on.

We like to use the POLICE acronym which stands for (Protect, Optimally load, Ice, Compression and Elevation) early following an ankle sprain in order to achieve a timely outcome.

Following this, we will direct you into the clinic to have your ankle assessed so appropriate rehabilitation can begin! This usually consists of regaining your range of motion, ankle stability, ankle strength and normal daily functioning.
For those who want to return to sport, we facilitate this through rehabilitation too!

Yours in health, ISO Physiotherapy

Mythbusters

Hi everyone!

We thought it was about time we sent out our new blog! It’s a good one!

Some of the biggest mythbusters in Physiotherapy that we see and hear almost every day!

“ My friend’s uncle’s partner told me I should get a scan”

Probably one of the most common phrases we see in the clinic as well as one of the most common questions is do we need to scan?

Scans form one piece of the puzzle which is sometimes necessary and sometimes not at all! Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your injury and determine whether or not imaging is a necessary piece. Fairly often it is not necessary at all!

“My brother went to a physio and they just did a massage”

Another very common misconception.
Physiotherapist’s use soft tissue therapy as a tool in their toolbox and in some cases form part of a treatment plan. Physiotherapist’s use a plethora of other tools to achieve a particular outcome which range from joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy, exercise rehabilitation and many more!
In short, you will not just receive a massage!

“My best mate had surgery for the same thing and he told me it was the only option”.

We see this all the time- people coming into the clinic with an expectation that surgical intervention is the only real way to cure their problem.
Now, disclaimer: there are certain scenarios where a surgical review is certainly necessary and we are not discouraging this. Each case is taken on its merit and will be referred to a surgeon when and if appropriate.
Now the list of this misconception is that each case needs to be taken on its own merit! No two injuries are the same because no two individuals are the same. Your physiotherapist here at ISO Physiotherapy will perform a very thorough assessment and provide the most up to date and evidence based recommendation about the best way to manage your condition. This may be non-operative rehabilitation!

“My cousin went to his physio and was given a couple of exercises and it didn’t really help so I just never went back”

I’ve saved one of the best for last! A controversial one!
Now, the physiotherapy profession is certainly shifting towards more of an exercise-based rehabilitation as opposed to hands on therapy as more evidence about the best way to manage conditions comes to light.

If you found that an exercise or two didn’t help, there can be multiple reasons. I usually find that it either wasn’t explained very well, the patient didn’t do the exercise as prescribed or the physiotherapy didn’t do a good enough job explaining the purpose and how it would help improve symptoms.

Here at ISO Physiotherapy, we pride ourselves on our communication skills and ability to convey information in a simple yet meaningful way to the patient. Exercises that we prescribe here at the clinic are tailored specifically to the individual and are selected according to the patient and their condition. Remember, no two people and no two injuries are the same.
So, feel at ease knowing that the exercises you leave here with will be explained thoroughly and will have meaning to you!

That’s all for now!
If you need us – you know where we are 🙂 Yours in physiotherapy,
The ISO Team!

When and Why Should You See a Physiotherapist?

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog is not going to be about a specific injury or condition, but rather an informative insight into when and why you should come see us.

Whenever I see patients, the first question I always ask is “have you been to a physiotherapist before?”. Unsurprisingly, at least 20% of the time, the answer is “no” followed by a self-admission of either being nervous because they’ve heard we “manipulate” the body or acknowledge that they “think we just give a good massage”.

So what is a Physiotherapist?

A Physiotherapist is an expert in the human body and its movement. A physiotherapist works with all ages to diagnose and treat a broad range of health conditions including sports related injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic health conditions. Physiotherapists are also highly trained and skilled in managing a broad range of chronic general, neurological and respiratory conditions such as obesity, stroke and COPD.

A physiotherapist studies either a 4 year university degree at Bachelor level or a 2-3 year degree at postgraduate or doctoral level.

So do you still just give a massage or manipulate the body?

In a private practice setting, physiotherapists have a variety of tools and treatment modalities that they can utilise to achieve a treatment effect. In our clinic, our physiotherapists are trained in manual therapy and exercise prescription. Our physiotherapists have also obtained extra qualifications to perform Dry Needling.

So yes, we do in a sense ‘manipulate’ the body, but through very fine controlled movements without the large ‘thrust’ and ‘click’ that you might be accustomed to hearing about.
Similarly, we do perform a range of different massage techniques depending on what is required for the particular injury/condition.

A list of the main treatment modalities that we offer are listed below:

  • Manual therapy (joint mobilisations, soft/deep tissue massage, massage for swelling management)
  • Condition-specific exercise prescription
  • Acute and chronic injury management
  • General strengthening programs
  • Chronic disease management
  • Dry Needling
  • EMG muscle stimulation (if required)

    If you have any questions about any of the treatment techniques we offer, please don’t hesitate to ask!

    So will I leave the clinic with a diagnosis?

    We pride ourselves on accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment dependent on that diagnosis. Sure enough, you will leave the clinic with an accurate and easy to understand message on what the problem is and what we need to do about it!

    How do I know if I need to see a physiotherapist and not a GP?

    Many people are referred to us by GP’s for ongoing management and we refer the other way. Whether you see a physiotherapist or a GP first, if the condition can be managed by a physiotherapist you will be referred to us!

    Rest assured, if you haven’t seen a GP and you present to us first, if for whatever reason one of our physiotherapist’s feel that a medical opinion is necessary, we will certainly indicate that to you in your initial consultation! We are very transparent with our patients and if you indicate to us that you are experiencing any red flag symptoms (sudden weight loss, unremitting night pain, severe pain at rest, non-musculoskeletal patterning) we will refer you to the appropriate practitioner.

    Do I need a referral to come see a physiotherapist?

    No referral is required but if you have had any recent imaging to the area, please bring along the scan report and images so that it can form part of our physiotherapists clinical picture!

    So there you have it, if you need us, you know where to find us! If you still have more questions or aren’t sure about whether to see a physiotherapist, please call the clinic and ask to speak to one of us!

    Yours in Physiotherapy,

    ISO Physiotherapy