APA physiotherapists are highly sought-after experts in their field—providing commentary and advice on everything from musculoskeletal health, sports injuries and chronic pain to occupational health and safety, child growth and development, pelvic health and chronic disease.
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When social distancing and lockdown restrictions were out in place, many raced out their front doors to purchase all they would need to create a home office. But did we plan it out properly? As we continue to sit at out home desks and take less breaks to stroll around the block, physiotherapists are reporting higher rates of neck and back pain. Where did we go wrong, and how can we give our backs and necks a break?
With the Government implementing social distancing measures and forcing some business sectors to close, under the current Stage 3 restrictions, Aussies may be wondering what types of healthcare they can still access. The good news is that many health services are still open and accessible, whether that be face to face or through the assistance of technology, with health professionals adhering to stringent hygiene and safety measures. But how do Aussies know if their health provider has changed their services?
Sports clubs and players are being urged to ensure they are match fit before they hit the court or field as coronavirus restrictions ease and Australians return to normal life. While many Australians have been walking, running and cycling to maintain their fitness during quarantine, physiotherapists are warning this doesn’t mean they’re ready to go straight back into a local footy, netball or soccer game. Physiotherapist and LaTrobe University Sport and Exercise Research Centre PhD candidate Brooke Patterson said a carefully planned return to competitive sport will help avoid common sports injuries to hamstrings, knees, ankles and hips/groins.
Australian physiotherapists have welcomed an increase in calls from patients wanting to take up telehealth consultations, in particular from vulnerable groups, including those aged over 70, pregnant women and people living with chronic health conditions.