Hunter Physio are Newcastle’s specialist sports physios, providing treatment for running, dancing, soccer, golf, swimming and much more
Sporting injuries can be acute, chronic or just a niggle that refuses to go away. At Hunter Physiotherapy our Sports Physiotherapists have the skills, expert knowledge and experience to get you back to your sport as soon as physically possible.
Over the last 23 years, we have treated everyone from elite international athletes to local sports people.
Unlike the title may suggest, Sports Physiotherapists don’t just treat sports people, they treat everyone. They have an in-depth understanding of biomechanics and movement patterns, which are utilised to get you back to health.
Specific Rehab To Get You Back To Sport ASAP
At Hunter Physio we understand that you want to get back to your sport as quickly as possible following injury, so therefore provide appropriate treatment and advice in the acute phase of injury, plus create an appropriate, specific rehabilitation program that allows you a trouble free return to sport.
An appropriate rehabilitation program should be specific to your activity and this requires a physiotherapist who understands the elements of your sport, dancing or other activity that may lead to injuries, and how best to prevent them.
Our Newcastle physiotherapy team have vast experience in treating injuries occurring in a multitude of sports, while some areas of particular interest include :
- Football ( Soccer )
- Rock Climbing
- Rugby League
- Track and Field
Running is a very effective and enjoyable way to exercise. It provides an excellent way to keep fit and feel good about yourself.
We Want To Be Your Running Physio
At Hunter Physio, we want you to be pain-free and running at your best. Whether you play sports that involve running, run in competitive races or just run to keep fit; we strive to be your favourite “running physio”.
Does Running Have a Downside?
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of running is that statistically more than half of runners will sustain an injury in any given year, with the majority of these injuries being overuse injuries.
Overuse injuries build up over time and include conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), tibial stress syndrome (commonly known as “stress fractures”), low back pain, Achilles and patellar tendon problems, plantar fasciitis (pain under the heel) and ITB friction syndrome.
Video Gait Analysis Can Help Avoid Running Injuries
We know that our biomechanics, the way we move, impacts heavily on the prevalence of overuse conditions. Analysing a person’s running technique is a great way to identify any underlying biomechanical issues and allows corrective and preventative strategies to be put in place that will give runners the best possible chance of getting through their training loads without breaking down.
Footwear, increases in training load, environmental conditions and running surface also play a big part in how much load we are subject to.
Common Causes Of Overuse Running Injuries
While problems show themselves in different ways during video-analysis, there are certainly some root causes that can be common amongst a number of overuse injuries.
These include poor mechanics of the foot, inadequate core strength and stability, pelvic control issues, stride inconsistencies or unnecessary trunk movements.
Dance Injuries In Newcastle
Dance injuries can be upsetting and stressful, especially when they happen around performance time. Physiotherapists that understand the demands of dance can help you identify what you can do to continue your pursuits and guide the best management for you. Injuries are not always all negative, they can help you identify areas that, when recovered and addressed, will help you dance better than ever.
Our physiotherapists, fully understand diagnosis and possible contributions to dance injuries, and will therefore give you the best treatment and advice to allow you to pursue your dance training.
What is Dance Physiotherapy?
Dance Physiotherapy is practised by physiotherapists who have a special interest in treating dancers. They treat all dance types and ages.
Due to the similarities in the physical requirements with dancing, dance physiotherapists also treat:
- Performing Artists
- Martial Artists
- Sports Aerobics
- Tai Chi
How Can a Dance Physiotherapist Help You?
- Perform pre pointe assessments
- Complete tertiary dance council assessments
- Facilitate the quick and efficient management of injuries leading to a
faster recovery and return to performing
- Advise you how to prevent recurrent dance injuries
- Improve your flexibility, strength and co-ordination
- Educate you in the best management of your injury or condition
- Improve your dancing performance or technique
Pre Pointe Assessments in Newcastle
The transition to pointe work is an exciting time in a young ballet dancers life. It represents a time when they’re taking their dance training to the next level, developing higher level skills and potentially increasing their hours of training, all at an age when most girls are going through their growth spurt.
Establish A Relationship With A Dance Physiotherapist
It is an appropriate time to introduce aspiring dancers to a physiotherapist, to enable them to get the best advice for their growing body.
Whether the young dancer is considering a career in ballet or just want to get the best out of their ballet training, it is an opportunity to measure their physical capacity, identify areas for improvement, discuss potential risks and how best to avoid them, from physiotherapists who understand the demands of dance, and in particular the demands of pointe work, to guide your progression to pointe work smoothly.
Prepare Your Body
Dancing en pointe stresses the feet in various ways and thus can potentially cause injuries. Injuries can result from improper technique, poorly fitting pointe shoes and lack of training and guidance.
Assessing dancers pre-point is the best way to avoid unnecessary injury.
Physical Readiness for Pointe Work
All dancers should be formally evaluated by both their ballet teacher and a physiotherapist to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe work. The teacher should check for correct body position and alignment, sufficient turnout, strength and balance, and mastery of basic ballet techniques. The Physiotherapist will assess the alignment of the feet and body, as well as ankle strength, turnout flexibility and strength, leg alignment and pelvic control.
Pointe work is hard work. Beginning pointe classes is demanding on the body, especially the feet. A dancer should be prepared to suffer from sore feet and occasional blisters. Also, pointe shoes are complicated and demand a certain level of responsibility to maintain. You must be taught the correct way to put them on your feet and tie them to your ankles. You must also care for them properly to keep them in good condition. Your Pointe shoe fitter is a great source of correct knowledge in this area.
Physio Pointe Assessment
Your assessment will entail a detailed history, thorough physical examination and an explanation of any weaknesses or risk factors that have been identified.
Upon request we can also provide a report to help you understand your findings and facilitate communication back to your ballet teacher so that they are aware of your individual results
Pre-pointe assessments are a process – very rarely do we meet someone who is ready to progress en pointe after their initial screening. More often than not, a home exercise programme needs to be formulated to address the issues identified. This is generally done at a follow up visit within the next week or so, and the dancer is re assessed for pointe readiness at a later date (usually 6 to 8 weeks).
What should I bring / wear?
- Bring your ballet shoes and demi pointes if you have them
- Wear shorts and a singlet top as this makes assessing your posture easier for our physiotherapist
Physiotherapy For Soccer Injuries
If you’re a player or fan of the world’s most popular sport of soccer, you probably already know that there are certain injury risks involved with playing the game.
Injuries Are Part Of The Game
Whether you just play for fun or are a seasoned professional, you’re open to the same types of injuries. These can include various aches and pains, bruises, and sprains; as well as more serious injuries such as concussions, muscle tears, torn ligaments and broken bones.
Get Treatment From Physios Who Know Your Sport
Most soccer-related injuries can be treated effectively by evidence based physiotherapy techniques and you’ll find yourself back on the pitch in no time.
We Helped The Newcastle Jets Win the A-League Title
Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Hazell was the Team Physiotherapist for the Jets when they won the A–League title in 2007/08.
Minimising injuries, and appropriately treating those that did occur, was a key factor in the clubs’ success.
Paul also travelled to America with the Australian Women’s Soccer Team, “The Matildas” in 1997 and has continued treating local, State and National level female soccer players in Newcastle over the last twenty years.
We’ve Treated Players From Most Clubs In Newcastle
Hunter Physiotherapy is proud to have serviced the needs of many local soccer clubs in our region since it opened in 1995. We continue to provide physiotherapy services to individual players from many different clubs
in the Newcastle region.
There are several things you can do to help prevent injuries, such as proper stretching and training techniques, but accidents do happen no matter how well-prepared you may be. The most common soccer injuries affect the feet, ankles, knees, legs, and spine.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
One of the most serious soccer injuries is the tearing or rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee. This type of injury can quickly end a player’s season. An ACL can be torn when the knee twists or hyperextends in a sudden and violent manner, commonly with an audible “pop”. The mechanism of injury often leads to other injuries occurring at the same time. ie. torn medial collateral ligament or torn meniscus.
Generally pain and swelling disappears within a few weeks, however, if the knee is grossly unstable or remains unstable after an appropriate rehab program, the injured soccer player needs to consider an ACL reconstruction via a suitably qualified orthopaedic surgeon.
A very common, and frustrating, soccer injury is the torn hamstring muscle. When you injure the hamstring, the muscle fibres or tendon will tear and this results in pain and swelling.
The initial pain and swelling is typically reduced by rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) treatments. A hamstring can be strained, completely torn or partially torn, and a tear is generally graded in layman’s terms as mild, moderate or severe.
Appropriate Physio Intervention
At Hunter Physiotherapy, we specialize in Sports Injury Rehab and we’ll be able to diagnose the problem and come up with an appropriate treatment plan to lessen your pain, rehabilitate your injury and get you back in the game as soon as practically possible.
Avoid Recurrent Hamstring Strains
If the hamstring isn’t healed properly it could easily be re-injured. The amount of rehabilitation time needed will depend on the severity of the injury.
You will need to follow the physiotherapy stretching and exercise program to regain your mobility, flexibility, stability and strength as the muscle rebuilds and this will help prevent the injury from recurring.
It is critical to uncover and treat any underlying issues that may have predisposed you to the tear in the first place eg low back pain , poor core strength or pelvic dysfunction.
Soccer Injury Experts
No matter what type of soccer or football injury you may be dealing with, Hunter Physiotherapy have experienced physiotherapists who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.