Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy

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The term musculoskeletal refers to most of the structures which hold our bodies together and help it to move – these include: muscles, bones, joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and spinal discs.

Australian and New Zealand trained Physiotherapists are world renowned for the quality of our basic training in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Most physios – and certainly team at Mount Isa Physio – then continue to upgrade these skills by regular attendance at continuing education courses.


The most common musculoskeletal problems seen by physios include:

  • Post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation:
    Physio can assist by settling pain and inflammation and quickly rehabilitating muscles so they can support your joints as they are designed to do – but often don’t – after the insult of surgery!
  • Sporting and acute workplace injuries Injuries:
    Muscle tears, inflammation and strains of ligaments, joint and tendons; and joint cartilage problems are common but debilitating afflictions which really slow us down in what we want to do!
    Early physiotherapy treatment usually promotes a quicker recovery by reducing pain and swelling and stiffness, allowing faster and safer return to work, sports and other activities.
  • Shoulder pain and dysfunction:
    Often shoulder problems are complex, and result from long term muscle imbalances which we were either unaware of, or frequently were just asymptomatic for many years.
    Physiotherapy can successfully rehabilitate your shoulder issues through skillful biomechanical assessment and working with you to stretch, strengthen, realign and stabilize your problematic shoulder.
    We’ll devise an individualized rehab program specific to your individual combination of problems.

  • Knee Pain:
    Whether a result of injury, wear and tear or arthritic conditions, knee pain is a very common issue which eventually effects most people from time to time.
    Physiotherapy is very effective for settling knee pain, and for determining the root cause of your problem. Whilst we can’t undo the degenerative changes associated with true arthritis – we can settle the pain, and get your muscles working well again – and get you back on track so you are in control – not the sore knee!

  • Neck pain and headaches:
    It’s really hard to be happy with a pain in the neck!
    Headaches, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by inflammation of joints, muscles and nerves in the neck.
    Your Physiotherapist will help relieve those awful pains and aches, and will work with you to help prevent recurrence by looking at your posture and possible issues with how you arrange your computer workstation.

  • Back pain and sciatica:
    These can be serious issues which require a skilled Physiotherapist to assess and treat for a timely recovery.
    X Rays and scans are helpful – but don’t always tell the whole story of why your spine is giving you grief.
    Your Physiotherapist will not only give you relief of your symptoms, they will work hard to get to the root cause of your problem. We’ll provide a holistic approach, addressing your core strength and stability, as well as muscle imbalances, and physical habits or behaviours that may be aggravating your problem.

Your physiotherapist will be skilled at assessing your musculoskeletal problem, and planning an individual treatment and rehabilitation program.


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