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How physiotherapists can help patients avoid addictive pain medications

Human beings devour ample amounts of pain medications, for a variety of reasons, over the course of their lives. The types of medications we reach for range from commonly used ‘over the counter’ medications such as paracetamol and aspirin to prescription medications such as powerful opioids like codeine and even morphine like drugs such as oxycodone and fentanyl.

Exercise makes a difference to cancer outcomes: here’s how to add it to standard care

Imagine if there was a cancer therapy that could reduce treatment side effects, improve response, boost mood and energy, and increase survival times, and was indicated for all forms of cancer. According to a recent position statement from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), there is. The statement says everyone diagnosed with cancer should have exercise added to their management, for the duration of treatment.

What matters most? The growing need for physios in supporting quality of life for palliative patients

In the lead up to National Palliative Care Week, May 20-26, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the important role physiotherapists play in treating and supporting patients and their families living with life limiting illnesses.
 

How do you know when surgery is the best option and who makes the call?

About a million orthopaedic surgeries are done each year in Australia. Many of these are joint replacements or spinal surgeries to treat osteoarthritis. Hip and knee replacements alone cost the health system more than any other hospital procedure – over $2 billion a year. And some of these surgeries are on the rise. A Victorian study found that between 1994 to 2014, the number of hip replacements done went up 175 per cent, while knee replacements went up 285 per cent. SBS Insight investigates

Go on, take a break: your life could quite literally depend on it

Studies have found that sitting for too long can play a direct role in an early death – #yikes. Don’t worry too much, though. After reading the results of these studies, we quite literally got off our bums and sought out an expert who could tell us how to reverse this trend, stat. Introducing APA Physiotherapist and National Chair of the APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist Group, David Hall, expert on all things sitting.

Ride to raise awareness of chronic back pain

A GROUP of medical professionals will go to great pains in an attempt to break a vicious cycle this month. The 23 riders taking part in the initiative will comprise physiotherapists and other health workers. They will complete the ride in a bid to spread awareness about chronic back pain.

Pain Revolution seeks to break the cycle of chronic pain for rural and regional Australians

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is once again a proud sponsor of the Pain Revolution in 2018, a 7-day, 770km cycle from Sydney to Albury Wodonga commencing 11 April.

Adding dry needling to your therapy practice

Jeff Laurence has qualifications in health, fitness, remedial massage and dry needling. Laurence trained in a physiotherapy rehabilitation clinic before starting his own wellness practice in Sydney.

How to bend over better and save your lower back

You've probably never given much thought to the way you pick things up off the floor, but bending over a better way could save you from back pain.

Physios asked to ‘show empathy’ for codeine-seeking patients

The RACGP has encouraged GPs to refer patients to physiotherapists as an alternative to prescribing codeine, following the 1 February upschedule of low-dose codeine-containing preparations.

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