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Whatever your musculoskeletal or sporting injury, our team of skilled Melbourne physiotherapists will fast-track your recovery. This begins with a thorough assessment and detailed diagnosis, followed by hands-on treatment to alleviate your immediate symptoms. A comprehensive treatment plan is then developed to return you to full function, enhance your wellbeing and help you achieve your goals.

Injury Info

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RSI, otherwise known as Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD), Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) and Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD), describes a group of overuse injuries affecting the muscles, nerves and tendons of the neck and upper limbs.

While commonly associated with injuries such as carpal tunnel and tennis elbow, RSI can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms range from swelling and numbness, to weakness and cramps. Fortunately, though, with early detection RSI is preventable and treatable.

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Predominantly caused by overuse, running injuries develop gradually and can be a result of poor technique, ill-fitting footwear or sub-optimal individual biomechanics. If you’ve stepped up your training program and are experiencing discomfort, it’s best to see a physiotherapist early, before the injury worsens or becomes chronic.

We treat a variety of running injuries including:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Hamstring strain
  • Illiotibial Band (ITB) friction syndrome
  • Patello-femoral (Knee cap) pain
  • Shin splints
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At The Alignment Studio, we pride ourselves on the effective treatment of sports injuries, from dislocations to ACL ruptures. We work to repair and rehabilitate all manner of sports injuries, focusing on correcting poor training technique and assessing biomechanics.

A team of active professionals, we understand the impact a sports injury can have. If you are experiencing discomfort, please contact us immediately and we’ll put together a treatment plan to get you back in the game.

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The most common injury to the ankle and foot is a sprain, or ‘rolled ankle’, involving an over-stretching or tearing of the ligaments. At the clinic we treat a host of ankle and foot related injuries:

  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Achilles injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures

We also offer an orthopaedic booting service for patients with fractures or sprains that require stabilisation. Our podiatrist is also available to treat nail, skin and circulatory problems of the foot.

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Common among both athletes and the general population, knee injuries can be a great source of discomfort. Generally, there are two forms of knee injury—acute and gradual onset. Acute knee injuries often occur during activities where twisting, kicking and changing direction are involved, causing damage to the ligaments (ACL, MCL or PCL) and cartilage/meniscus of the knee. Gradual onset knee pain occurs in patients participating in a repetitive movement, or older patients with degenerative wear and tear.

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Similar to the shoulder in its ‘ball and socket’ joint structure, but less inclined to injury, the hip and groin area sees several large muscle groups attach around the hip—the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals and ITB.

Common complaints include:

  • Muscle strain, often of the hip flexors and adductors
  • Hip labral tear
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
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The hand and wrist are commonly susceptible to sprains and fractures. Fortunately, treatment is accessible and effective and ranges from rehabilitation physiotherapy to bracing, casting and remedial massage. Often with hand and wrist injuries, stretching and strengthening exercises are integral to preventing a return of pain.

Beside sprains and fractures we treat:

  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Mallet finger
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When it comes to elbow discomfort there are two leading complaints—Tennis elbow (extensor tendinopathy) and Golfer’s elbow (flexor tendinopathy). Despite their names, these injuries are commonplace and are often associated with repetitive movement and overuse. Often, dysfunction of the neck, upper back and shoulders can contribute to elbow pain. Both injuries may result in pain, weakness and—if not treated—can progress to tendinopathy (disrupted healing process of the tendon).

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Comprised of three bones, the humerus (upper arm), scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone), the shoulder is a complex joint. With the greatest range of movement of all the body’s joints, the shoulder is often subject to strain and is frequently injured.
Common injuries include:

  • Rotator cuff impingement and tears
  • Sub-acromial bursitis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder labral tears
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We frequently see patients exhibiting neck pain. Everything from poor posture and prolonged computer use to lack of sleep can cause neck discomfort. Often, injury to the head or neck can lead to referral of pain, pins and needles and numbness (parasthesia) to other areas of the body, such as the shoulders, arm and upper back.

We see and treat a variety of neck injuries, including:

  • Postural neck pain
  • Bulging or protruding discs
  • Acute wry neck
  • Cervicogenic (tension) headaches
  • Whiplash
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Back pain is one of the most common injuries brought to the clinic. Whether the discomfort is caused by repetitive movement, poor posture, stress or trauma, a physiotherapy consultation can effectively diagnose and treat the source of back pain.

We work to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation across a range of back injuries, including:

  • Postural back pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Ligament/facet joint sprain and muscle spasm
  • Degenerative ‘wear and tear’

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