Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions

by (Physiotherapist)

Here are some frequently asked questions we get around Telehealth consultations!

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What are Telehealth consultations?

Essentially Telehealth consultations are a form of online consultation that allows patients to receive essential health services without direct physical contact. Not only this, but Telehealth provides an alternative for people who are overseas, home-bound or unable to make it to the clinic for any reason.

Telehealth consultations can be done from the comfort of your own home at a time convenient for you. In the event you sustain an injury or are managing a condition previously treated with allied health consultations, Telehealth allows us to help you, so you may back to doing the things you love as soon as possible.

Are there any conditions/injuries you can’t treat though Telehealth?

In short, the answer is no. There is always something that can be done to carry out assessments and treatments via Telehealth. While we can’t apply “hands-on” techniques like massage, manipulations and dry needling, there is research that shows the effectiveness of Telehealth consultations.

As healthcare professionals, we are trained in exercise prescription, active (patient-involved) rehabilitation, lifestyle advice, workplace modifications and self-treatment techniques. Current research supports these “active” techniques in producing long-term health benefits.

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Shoulder pain – Can I avoid surgery?

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Shoulder AnatomyThere is constant dialogue in regards to effects of surgery verses conservative therapy for the management of many musculoskeletal conditions. One such area is the shoulder. Shoulder pain is common in the general population and is one of, if not the most common cause of upper limb and neck complaints. Shoulder pain can be due to an acute injury such as a torn rotator cuff muscle or fracture, or a chronic condition such as an overuse injury. Additionally, shoulder pain can arise due to dysfunction within the joint itself, or in combination with the actions of the muscles that work around it. It is also important to note that shoulder pain can be attributed to dysfunction or disease in other areas of the body and that it is a combination of these factors that makes treating shoulder pain challenging.

As shoulder impingement is the most common cause of shoulder pain there is plenty of interest in its management, and with this interest, comes research.  Shoulder impingement encompasses an array of shoulder pathology that ultimately lead to pain and dysfunction including bursitis, rotator cuff tears, and tendinopathy. Many studies have been performed to examine the best practice for managing shoulder impingement, read more »