Southside Physio is proud to have brought together an experienced and highly regarded team who offer a broad range of skills and treatments.

Q BACK PAIN

Low back pain is one of the most common types of injury treated at Southside Physiotherapy. Most people tend to experience some degree of low back pain during their lifetime, and back pain can occur for a variety of different reasons.

It is not unusual for people to know someone who has had ‘chronic’ lower back problems for years, and a lot of our clients are desperate not to become ‘that person’ whose back never seems to get better. The great news is, with the right treatment and exercise program, one of our brilliant physiotherapists can get you back on the right track.

The best way of determining the right treatment program is by ascertaining what the cause of the problem is. The most common causes are listed below, but every person is different and will need a program tailored to their needs.

Q DISC INJURIES

This one is the one that scares most people. This injury is often accompanied by acute pain caused by a seemingly minor incident (such as doing up your shoes) but is usually the cumulative result of repetitive movements beforehand. It can also be from a not so minor incident, such as lifting something with either poor technique or that is too heavy. Short term treatment for this kind of injury usually involves manual therapy for pain relief and to restore movement. The longer term approach is to develop a tailored exercise program aimed at restoring fluid inside the disc and strengthening the muscles surrounding your back.

Q TMJ DISFUNCTION / JAW PAIN

The jaw joint, medically referred to as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is made up of the bone below the mouth (the mandible or jawbone) and the bone just above the mouth (the maxilla). The TMJ allows the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw and is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.

The TMJ is a complex structure containing muscles, tendons and bones. Injury to, or disorders of, these structures can all result in pain in the jaw area. Jaw pain may occur on one side or on both sides, depending upon the cause. Also depending upon the exact cause, the pain may occur when chewing or may occur at rest.



SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE EXPERIENCED ARE:

• Pain or tenderness of the jaw and/or teeth

• Headache

• Facial pain

• Ear pain, ringing in the ear

• Dizziness

• Difficulty in chewing

• Locking of the jaw

• Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening the mouth or chewing



WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE JAW PAIN?

Jaw trauma and injury is common and often resolves with time and rest. Compared to injuries in other joints, it is almost impossible to completely rest the jaw. However, it is important to give the injured tissue time to cycle through the natural stages of the healing process. Just like it hurts to keep walking on a twisted ankle, it also hurts to keep using a sprained jaw joint.

Q OUR VALUES

We strive to behave according to our values in any interaction with our clients and each other.

Values:

Honesty and Integrity
Clinical Excellence
Care and Respect
Fun and Passion
Humility
Personal Growth and Life Balance

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