Welcome to the leader of the Newcastle Physiotherapy Community and Lake Macquarie Physiotherapy Community
At Advanced Physiotherapy we provide Injury Prevention, Injury Rehabilitation and Occupational Health Services to sporting organisations, individuals and businesses across the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region. We manage a broad range of musculoskeletal disorders and have built a unique facility, for optimal management of osteoarthritis, tendon inuries, post-operative conditions, sports injuries, and back pain.
Our approach to managing osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee, is based on the latest research and is an exercise based approach. Some patients with osteoarthritis require knee replacement and we have successfully managed over 500 knee replacements. Patients have free access to our gym or can be provided programs to do outside the clinic.
Spinal Conditions are managed through various strategies including exercise, postural advice, massage and dry needling. Treatment of spinal conditions such as low back and neck pain requires a highly individualized approach, with a strong emphasis on prevention. We also treat headaches that come from the upper part of the spine, know as cervicogenic headaches.
We have special interest in managing anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions (ACL reconstruction), and meniscal/cartilage tears with several of our team having extensive experience in elite sport. About 70% of meniscal or cartilage injuries do not need surgery and can be effectively managed by our approach. There is a high recurrence rate of ACL injuries, particularly in teenagers and females and preventative programs are crucial.
The most common upper limb injuries we see are tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries/impingement syndrome of the shoulder. These injuries are known as tendinopathies and require specially designed exercise programs, and customised advice to achieve good results. Frozen shoulder is also common, and how it is treated depends on whether it is in the early, middle or late phase.
Our sports injury management philosophy is derived from elite sport, with several of our staff having worked with national level teams, in particular the Newcastle Jets. Our approach and facility provides elite athlete treatment to everyone. Reflecting this we have been appointed the head Physiotherapist for a number of sporting organisations including Northern NSW Football, due to our special interest in children's sporting injuries. In fact about half of the sports injuries we see are in the 10-18 year range.
The most common lower limb injuries we see apart from ACL and meniscal tears are sprained ankles. Our program for ankle sprains aims for rapid rehabilitation and long term prevention and we can provide braces, teach ankle strapping and put in place scientifically designed preventative programs. The other most common injuries are muscle tears to the quadriceps, groin and hamstrings and we offer programs taken from elite sport to manage these.
Injuries to the foot, in particular plantar fasciitis (Heel pain) are common. Treatment of this requires and individualised approach and this may include provision of exercises, shoe advice and orthotics.
Other services include chronic disease management through one to one consultation and exercise classes supervised by a qualified, registered exercise physiologist. The classes include:
Our Occupational Health Services include:
- Pre-employment Assessments
- Drug and Alcohol screening
- Occupational Rehabilitation
- Onsite workplace Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology