Sports / Spinal / Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists are experts in the assessment and treatment of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system.

With post graduate training and years of experience working with sports teams, sports medicine doctors and orthopaedic surgeons we know the importance of physiotherapy to get you back in action.

Hands on help, rehab exercise and education on injury prevention are integral to all our treatment programs.

With sporting interests covering tennis to triathlon, swimming to soccer, running to rugby we understand the physical demands of your sport.

Common Conditions

  • Tendonitis & bursitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Fractures & dislocations
  • Arthroscopy rehab
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Hip or shoulder impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Disc protrusions
  • Sciatica

You’re in the right hands!

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria

Post-op Rehab & Hydotherapy

Physiotherapists will help maximise your function after orthopaedic surgery. It starts with understanding the surgeon’s requirements for protection and when to safely progress to joint mobilisation, muscle strengthening and improving function specific to your needs whether that be stair climbing, squatting or serving a tennis ball. We have years of experience working with orthopaedic surgeons in private and public hospitals and specialist joint replacement clinics.

Hydrotherapy is useful to progress weight bearing through painful joints or after fractures to transition you from crutches to normal walking.  We are experienced in designing pool exercise to mobilise joints and strengthen muscles using water to provide gentle assistance or resistance.

Trauma, post-incident fracture of bone, exercise and recovery at home

Common Conditions

  • Ligament tears & reconstructions
  • Joint replacements
  • Meniscal & labral tears and repairs
  • Arthroscopy rehab
  • Patella fractures
  • Tendon ruptures and repairs
  • Shoulder stabilisations
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Post fracture – mobilisation and strengthening
  • Spinal fusion
  • Laminectomy
  • Discetomy

We understand orthopaedic protocols to get you the best results safely!

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria

Arthritis – degenerative & inflammatory

Don’t let arthritis slow you down. A painful joint can start a downward spiral of pain disability, weight gain and depression.

Physiotherapy will not change your Xray but we can improve your pain and function.

Physiotherapy can help manage pain and swelling with massage and manual therapy, electrotherapy, use of heat or ice, supportive braces or walking aids.

Specific mobilisation helps with stiffness and graded exercise to strengthen weak muscles helps support painful joints and improve function.

We will educate you to reduce load on painful joints by improving joint mechanics, reducing weight, making better exercise choices, supportive footwear and braces.

Managing degenerative or osteoarthritis may involve use of medication, physiotherapy, exercise, diet and activity modification.

Managing Inflammatory arthritis starts with a consult with a rheumatologist who may prescribe specific medications to reduce inflammatory markers in your body. As pain and swelling settles physiotherapy can provide careful progression to regain joint range of motion, strength and function.

Common Conditions

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Wear & tear arthritis
  • Bone on bone
  • Joint effusion
  • Degenerative instability
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Facet joint arthritis

Arthritis = pain + swelling + stiffness + weakness
Physiotherapy is an integral part of the solution

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria

Over-use Injuries

Over-use injuries are soft tissue strains resulting from force overload or poor biomechanics resulting in tissue damage.

Force overload can result from Frequency / Intensity / Time / Technique (FITT)

These factors can relate to running, raking or baking – we have seen them all!

We will help you with treatment of the injured tissues, research based rehab exercise to restore length and strength to the damaged tissues and advice on improving biomechanics that cause extra load on tissues.

Common Conditions

  • Runner’s knee
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • ITBFS (Iliotibial band syndrome)
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
  • De Quervains tenosynovitis
  • Osgood Schlatters syndrome
  • Severs syndrome
  • Bursistis

Understanding your pain behaviour, movements required and individual mechanics leads us to a correct diagnosis

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder (glenohumeral joint) is the most mobile joint in the body and with that comes challenges.

Instability results from tears of the labrum or capsule or from weakness of the rotator cuff – the small muscles that control the ball in its socket (humeral head on the glenoid).

Stiffness results from adhesion of the capsule and is often a consequence of injury or pain limiting motion.

Overuse injuries also present commonly in the shoulder due to overload, repetitive movements and poor mechanics.

Ross Baines has years of experience and post grad training specialising in shoulder injuries and mechanics so you can expect an expert assessment of you shoulder pain with a treatment plan and option for investigations or injection if needed.

Common Conditions

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Labral tear
  • Acromioclavicular joint strain (AC Joint)
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Scapula dysfunction

Many doctors refer patients with complex shoulder problems to Ross Baines – our experience is your advantage

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria

Patello Femoral Pain

Patello femoral pain is a common cause of pain in the front of the knee that is aggravated by squatting, descending stairs or kneeling

In the younger patient overuse, muscle imbalance and alignment factors cause the pain.

In the older patient arthritis and quadracep weakness are common causes of patella femoral pain.

The good news is that patello-femoral pain can be resolved through physiotherapy. McConnell sports taping to improve alignment or use of a patella brace can eliminate pain in the short term to allow return to activity and to enable rehab exercises to be done with less pain. Lasting relief comes with exercise for muscle imbalance and improving alignment of the lower limb.

Common Conditions

  • Knee cap pain
  • Patello femoral pain
  • Patellar tracking problem
  • Patellar mal-alignment
  • McConnell patellar taping
  • Fat pad syndrome
  • Prepatellar bursitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Quadraceps tendonitis
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Quadraceps (VMO) weakness
  • Patella instability

Effective treatment and rehab exercise to help you move well and stay well

Located downtown at the Savoy Professional Offices – 777 Blanshard Street, Suite 103, Victoria