(07) 3511 6352

4/219 Given Terrace Paddington, 4064, QLD

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Sports Physio Brisbane

Liza Devlin has built a reputation as being one of the leading Sports Physio specialists in the greater Brisbane region. Liza specialises in lower limb injuries that commonly occur in recreational athletes and in particular long distance runners. Liza also has extensive experience in the treatment of conditions and injuries obtained in contact and collision sports (such as Rugby Union, Rugby League and Soccer). Liza became an APA Sports Physiotherapist after completing her Masters and then went on to successfully complete the arduous specialisation exams with the Australian College of Physiotherapists, which earnt her Fellowship. Liza has been a facilitator, which is like a tutor, for the Australian College of Physiotherapists working with cohorts of APA Sports Physiotherapists from Queensland and from Canberra whilst they undertook their specialisation training programme to become Specialist Sports Physiotherapists. She is now assisting in the development of new Facilitators and consulting to the Australian College of Physiotherapists Board of Censors.

You might need to see our Specialist Sports Physio, Liza, if you have had a condition for a long time, if you have seen other Physios or other Practitioners and not had success, or if you have multiple conditions that seem related for example foot pain and knee pain.

What To Do Immediately After A Sports Injury

Call rather than email the practice for urgent matters on (07) 35116352 but call 000 in a medical emergency. Endeavour to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible – try to make the next available physio appointment. If it is painful to bear weight on the injury – don’t.

Ice with a covering to protect your skin can be used for pain relief but if the ice seems to make it worse cease and tell your physio when you see them. A compression bandage may be useful depending on the type of injury. This should be firm and not tight. Your physio can provide you with a special type of compression bandage that is easy to apply, called Tubigrip. You might be taped up to protect the injury or prescribed a splint, a sling, or crutches depending on the injury. Your physio will decide whether you should have X-rays or other investigations or scans.

What Sports Injuries Do You See?

The physios at Paddington Physiotherapy have all worked with many different types of athletes and on the sideline at many different sports as well as all having an active background of personally participating in lots of sports. We have been involved in the provision of onsite medical coverage in and around Brisbane for rugby union, rugby league, soccer, AFL, volleyball, hockey, rodeo, touch football, rugby referees, rugby union referees, AFL umpires, gridiron, waterpolo, triathlon, distance running, athletics…

In the clinic we manage injuries of distance runners, sprinters, football players from all codes including gridiron, hockeyplayers, volleyballers, softballers, teeballers, baseballers, tennis players, swimmers, golfers, martial arts… We also see injuries from performance athletes, singers, violinists, drummers, dancers, pianists, pole dancers and circus performers.

Common sports Injuries that we manage include:

  • Tendinopathies
  • Hamstring strains
  • Corks, haematomas
  • Sprained ankles
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee injuries ACL anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, meniscus
  • Hip / groin pain
  • Calf strains
  • Achilles tendon

Common Sports Physiotherapy Questions

I’ve sprained my ankle should I bother getting treatment?

When you sprain your ankle you usually lose range in a movement called dorsiflexion. This will not spontaneously correct itself, it is best regained through Physio treatment. A loss of dorsiflexion has been shown to contribute to the onset of many other problems including shin splints, hamstring strains, hip/groin pain, knee injury, foot injuries, stress fractures, Achilles tendinopathy, recurrent ankle sprains, arch pain, heel pain…. So it is very important to get your ankle back to full range. You also need to strengthen your ankle correctly and learn how to improve your proprioception or balance.

Sprained ankle – should I wait till the swelling goes down to get treated?

This is a really common question and the answer is to seek treatment as soon as you can. Your Physio will help you determine if you need X-rays as you may have fractured a bone in your ankle. You will be assessed to determine if you require crutches so you are not making the injury worse and you will have the swelling treated so your movement becomes normal earlier and so that your pain reduces. You will be given exercises and you may be bandaged, taped, casted or braced to protect the injured ankle.

Am I going to continue to strain my hamstring?

Hamstring injuries are very common and they are very prone to becoming recurrent. Some of the risk factors for recurrent hamstring injury are unfortunately non-modifiable like your age, but many are modifiable. Your Physio at Paddington can assess you to determine what risk factors you have and help you address the modifiable ones.

There are four major types of hamstring injury:

  • The common hamstring injuries occur during sprinting and change of direction just before footstrike.
  • Long distance runners will often get a tendinopathy along the musculotendinous junction, which will act like a recurrent muscle strain.
  • Upper hamstring ruptures can happen at end of range either slowly or quickly for example in soccer players kicking above their head or slowly such as in ballet, yoga, gymnastics.
  • Upper hamstring tendinopathies are common and give you a pain in the lower buttock. These can happen commonly in sports where you bend down to get the ball like AFL, touch football, rugby…

If you injure your hamstring try to make your appointment as soon as possible.

Can Tendinitis be fixed?

Tendinitis means inflammation of the tendon and whilst there are conditions that have inflammation, research has found that many painful tendons do not have any inflammation present so we generally call tendon injuries Tendinopathy, although it may be called Tendinosis on your Ultrasound or MRI. Often there is delayed pain after exercise that can warmup but as the condition worsens it starts to affect normal lifestyle activities and becomes present at rest.

Tendinopathies can often be quite troublesome to patients and difficult to resolve. Common tendinopathies include:

  • The lateral hip (and Trochanteric bursa) - responsible for extreme tenderness on the outside of the hip making it difficult to sleep on your side
  • Achilles tendon or plantar fascia – producing heel pain
  • Hamstring – at the back of the knee or up at the buttock
  • Patellar tendinopathy – below the kneecap
  • Tennis elbow (although there are other cause of tennis elbow as well)
  • Rotator cuff in the shoulder

Our physios help you determine how the tendinopathy has developed and what lifestyle factors you need to change as well as treating the contributing risk factors and assisting you with your strengthening programme to resolve the condition.

Do you work with my personal trainer?

Our physios can get you ready to use a personal trainer if you have not exercised much in the past – we can get you fit to Get Fit! We are always happy to work in collaboration with other medical, health and exercise practitioners to ensure the best results for our clients.

Should I stretch more often to avoid injuries?

It is common for people to blame a lack of flexibility for injuries however research shows that flexibility is rarely a cause of injuries. Maintaining adequate strength, control and proprioception, which is like balance, have been found to be the most effective ways of preventing injury. Stretching immediately before running can impair performance. Read more about this in our client information.

Should I wait before I see the physio?

People will often say I am waiting for the swelling to go down before I see the physio or I am waiting for the pain to settle before I see the physio. The injury needs to be diagnosed you may be doing the wrong thing for the injury. Physio treatment can help from the beginning in reducing swelling and reducing pain and making it so you don’t end up with more problems from compensatory movements or slowing down your recovery due to not addressing the muscles that get inhibited right from when the injury occurs.

There are some injuries that put you at risk if they are not diagnosed early some examples are if you have calf pain that is caused by a clot (DVT), or a calf injury which is actually ruptured and needs immediate attention, a cartilage injury that needs appropriate time non-weight bearing. So the answer to when should I see a physio is ASAP. If you ring up our receptionists will endeavour to book you in with a physio as soon as possible.

Will sports physiotherapists stop you from returning to sport?

It is rare for our sports physios to prescribe complete rest. Usually we will suggest as much exercise as you can manage without putting your injury or condition at risk of getting worse. There are some injuries in particular to the Tendon that respond poorly to complete rest as it deloads the structure so often we will keep you running through your management. We may give you a strict prescription of what you can do in terms of distance, hills, speed, footwear type, etc.

Does running cause osteoarthritis in the knees? Should I stop running?

Running has not been found to cause knee degeneration, studies have shown that runners who are consistent in their training loads are less likely to have hip and knee problems than non-runners. It has also been shown that people with degenerative knees do not get worse if they take up running.

Sports Physiotherapy For ALL People

By applying the principles of Sports Physiotherapy to our management of all people we get faster results for our patients. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete or just trying to be more agile in getting up out of an armchair. The age range that we see is from babies right through to elderly patients, with the most common range between 17 years and 80 years old. We help our patients to become active again.

The benefits of effective sports physio can help in so many ways including:

  • Resolve chronic or recurrent injuries and prevent further injury
  • Optimise your return to daily activities and sport after injury
  • Enhance your sports technique and sporting performance
  • Increase your muscle control flexibility, and strength

See One Of Our Qualified Sport Physios Today

Call the team at Paddington Physiotherapy today on (07) 3511 6352, complete the quick contact form on the right of this page or fill in the booking request form to get started.

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Paddington Physiotherapists':

  • Resolve chronic or recurrent injuries and prevent further injury
  • Optimise your return to daily activities and sport after injury
  • Enhance your sports technique and sporting performance
  • Increase your muscle control flexibility, and strength