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Exercise prescription is key to improved cancer survival and recovery

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has embraced the latest recommendations from The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that promote the systemic use of an ‘exercise prescription’ to combat the effects of cancer treatment and improve survival rates.

Putting ice on injuries could be doing more damage than good

If you've rolled an ankle, you know what comes next: sickening, nauseating pain. And then a big bag of frozen peas.

Physiotherapy study aims to improve upper limb mobility for stroke survivors

Losing the ability to use the arm and hand is a devastating outcome for many stroke survivors. Dr Hayward, a researcher in the Department of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University and at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, says up to 70 per cent of stroke survivors have problems using their arm and hand after stroke, making simple tasks like showering, typing an email or making a cup of coffee very difficult. 

APA calls for funding to help chronic pain sufferers access long-term physio

The Australian Physiotherapy Association is calling for Medicare funding covering physiotherapy treatment for sufferers of chronic pain.

Seven of the biggest back pain myths, according to a physiotherapist

Our knowledge of back pain has changed a lot in recent decades but unfortunately out-dated knowledge still abounds. With new research showing that a quarter of Americans suffer back pain, it's clear that many of us need quality knowledge about how to best care for our backs.

National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management calls on coordinated team approach and MBS funding to tackle chronic pain

Painaustralia released its National Action Plan for pain management this week, citing allied health as integral to an interdisciplinary approach to improve quality of life for more than 3.24 million Australians living with chronic pain.  

APA warns against DIY rehab for knee surgery patients

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has cautioned knee surgery patients against cheap DIY rehabilitation options, following a published article which the APA says misrepresented the findings o

Cold comfort or cool fad?

Whole body cryotherapy has found a fan base for inflammation and pain relief among celebrities, but what exactly is it and how does it help?

2019 Stroke Awards Finalists Announced

A real estate agent with a passion for fundraising, avocado-smashing motorheads, a former private eye, a prodigious professor and a tenacious Taswegian were among 28 outstanding Australians, named as finalists in the Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Stroke Awards.

National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis highlights role of physiotherapy in high value care

The launch of the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis this week outlines a clear pathway to implement affordable, timely access to services - including properly funded physiotherapy treatment - to support the four million Australians who live with arthritis, the leading cause of chronic pain in Australia.

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