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  1. Do I need a scan for my back?
  2. What should I do?

Back X-rays

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Back X-ray

Do I need a scan for my back?

There are many factors which influence whether your physiotherapist will refer for further imaging.  For the majority of people that experience back pain, medical imaging will not assist with assessment or future treatment.  Imaging regularly shows changes that may of occurred over time and be irrelevant to current symptoms.

Studies have shown that people who may be pain free may have disc bulges and degeneration and yet be symptom free.  Conversely, there are cases of people experiencing extreme pain and symptoms yet no abnormality on medical imaging.  In fact, recent research has shown that early imaging may actually increase the severity and duration of symptoms associated with low back pain.

A physiotherapist clinical assessment takes into account the mechanism of injury, history of symptoms, previous history and a physical assessment assessment posture, mobility, strength and motor control.

What should I do?

As physiotherapists, we regularly see episodes of back pain which can be debilitating and cause anxiety and fear.  Despite this, severity of pain is not a reason to refer for imaging as it does not indicate more or less damage.  Importantly, back pain is common with statistics indicating that up to 80% of Australian’s experience at least one episode of back pain.

At Malvern East Physiotherapy, our team will refer for medical imaging if physiotherapy treatment is not progressing as expected or if we suspect that your back pain may be associated with medical issues such as cancer or infection.

Recently, the Australian Physiotherapy Association has taken a public stance by endorsing Choosing Wisely and discouraging unnecessary scans.

Remember, should you be experiencing low back pain, our physiotherapy team is well placed to thoroughly assess your symptoms and address long term strategies to help keep you active and injury free!


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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