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What we’ll cover
  1. Back injuries
  2. Head & neck injuries
  3. Shoulder injuries
  4. Elbow injuries
  5. Wrist & hand injuries
  6. Knee injuries
  7. Lower leg injuries
  8. Foot & Ankle injuries
  9. Hip injuries
  10. Muscle strains

Who needs physiotherapy?

Do you have an injury or condition and want to know if you can treat it by physiotherapy? Our physiotherapist Sarah Yule highlights these musculoskeletal conditions and explains what we can do for you here at Malvern East Physiotherapy (MEP).

Who needs physiotherapy?

Back injuries

Lower back pain affects approximately 80% of the population at some stage in their lives and is therefore one of the most common complaints seen at MEP. Back pain may be caused by poor posture, poor lifting techniques, trauma or wear and tear over time.  Our team of experienced physiotherapists are well equipped to treat different presentations of back pain utilising a combination of manual therapy techniques, specific and extensive strengthening programs as well as optimising posture.

Head & neck injuries

Neck pain may be attributed to joint, muscular or neural dysfunction. Common causes of neck pain include poor posture, overuse, car accidents, trauma or sporting injuries. Physiotherapy can help to reduce neck pain, as well as alleviating headaches caused by upper neck dysfunction. Treatment may include soft tissue work, joint mobilisations or dry needling.

Shoulder injuries

Common shoulder injuries treated by MEP include rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, bursitis, shoulder instability and dislocations.  The shoulder is a highly complex joint and is inherently mobile due to the shallow depth of the joint socket. As a result, the shoulder requires finely balanced muscle coordination to ensure the shoulder works optimally throughout a pain free range – our physiotherapists can help tailor a specific exercise program to your individual needs.

Elbow injuries

 Tennis elbow and golfers elbow are two of the most common elbow injuries treated through physiotherapy and often result from overuse of the associated muscles in the forearm. Sport or trauma related ligamentous injuries or fractures are also commonly seen at the practice and can be effectively rehabilitated through an individualised treatment plan.

Wrist & hand injuries

Fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinopathies are some of the most common wrist and hand related injuries and are often caused by trauma or overuse (repetitive strain injuries). Treatment for wrist and hand injuries may include massage, joint mobilisation, dry needling, stretches, and strength exercises.

Knee injuries

Knee injuries commonly fall into either traumatic, degenerative or overuse categories. Common traumatic injuries include ligamentous injuries (eg. ACL, PCL, MCL or LCL) which are commonly injured in change of direction sports like football, soccer or netball. Degenerative knee injuries result in joint wear and tear over time with osteoarthritis being a common cause of knee pain that can be well managed using physiotherapy and a tailored exercise program. Overuse injuries most commonly involve injury to the tendons or bony attachment sites around the knee and require a graduated return to exercise loading program individualised to your sport/activity goals.

Lower leg injuries

Calf strains, shin splints and achilles tendon injuries comprise a few of the most common injuries that present to physiotherapy for treatment. A major contributing factor to the development of many different lower limb injuries is suboptimal biomechanics (Eg. Extreme foot postures or muscular imbalances).  Our physiotherapists are well trained in determining and tailoring rehab around an individual’s biomechanical abnormalities to treat the underlying cause of the injury, ensuring we reduce your risk of future recurrence of injury.

Foot & Ankle injuries

The most common type of ankle injury that we see is an inversion/rolled ankle injury. This can result in injury to the surrounding ligaments, tendons, muscles or in more severe cases bony fracture. Due to effects on strength, proprioception and range of motion, if left untreated these injuries may develop into chronic ankle instability and may result in reduced sporting performance and increased likelihood of reinjury. Additional common ankle and foot injuries that are treatable with physiotherapy include plantar fasciitis and bony stress reactions/ fractures.

Hip injuries

Commonly presenting hip conditions include: lateral hip tendinopathy/bursitis, labral tears, hip osteoarthritis and hip impingement. The hip is also a common area to be affected by referred pain originating from the lower back. Treatment may involve soft-tissue release through the tight gluteal muscles and hip strengthening exercises.

Muscle strains

Muscle strains are a common sporting injury associated with rapid acceleration/ deceleration or overstretching. The lower limb muscles are the most commonly affected and include the hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles. These injuries can be well managed with a combination of manual therapy techniques and graduated exercise program specific to your sporting/activity goals.

If you have any of the conditions listed please book in to see one of our qualified physiotherapists as soon as possible. You can book online or call our friendly team on 9571 6888.


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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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