Conditions

Myths:

  • I have torn my ACL, do I need to have surgery?
  • I need to wait at least 12 months before I can return to sport after ACL surgery.
  • I should rest my knee for 4-6 weeks after surgery before I start my rehab.
  • I don’t need rehab after my ACL repair.  If I just give it a year I should be OK.

 

Facts:

  • If you have an ACL tear your confidence in your knee is the best predictor of outcome.
  • Many ACL ruptures don’t require surgery if they are rehabilitated well.
  • Returning to sport is based on your strength, agility, function (and type of graft if you’ve had surgery).
  • Resting your knee for too long will reduce your muscle strength and put more pressure on the knee joint.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can help diagnose your knee injury.
  • We can advise you regarding what’s the best treatment for your knee following an ACL tear.
  • We will communicate with your Surgeon (if surgery required) and work out the best time frames for you to get back to sport.
  • We can develop an exercise program that is specific to YOU.
  • We can perform a return to sport test to make sure you are safe and confident before getting back to competition.
  • We are always available to answer important questions you have about your knee and your rehab plan.

Myths:

  • Arthritis always causes pain and disability.
  • Exercise and loading arthritic joints makes them worse.
  • Arthritic joints need to be rested.
  • Arthritic joints need surgery.

 

Facts:

  • The amount of arthritis on a scan is a poor predictor of pain and disability.
  • Belly fat, muscle weakness, protective muscle guarding, lack of confidence of using the joint is a predictor of pain and disability.
  • Strengthening the muscles around the arthritic joint reduces pain.
  • Getting fit, strong and normalising the way you move helps.
  • A 10% reduction of body weight results in a 50% reduction in pain!

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can identify the keys factors linked to your arthritic pain.
  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to get you strong, relaxed and confident.
  • We work with other health professionals to assist with weight loss.

 

Myths:

  • Back pain is a sign of damage and needs to be rested.
  • Activities that provoke pain should be avoided.
  • Loading your back and activities like running, lifting and twisting are dangerous.
  • Back pain means your core is weak and something is out of place.
  • Back pain gets worse as you get older.
  • Surgery fixes back pain.

 

Facts:

  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability – it can ruin lives!
  • Back pain is rarely linked to damage or disease.
  • Back pain is usually linked to things like: being stressed and tense, run down, sleeping poorly, low mood, inactivity, poor conditioning and overdoing it. This can make your spine sensitive.
  • Backs respond to movement and activity, and loading makes backs stronger.
  • Back pain doesn’t get worse with age.
  • 30% of people with back surgery are no better.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your back pain.
  • Set a plan to help you control your pain. This might involve hands on work, but always an active management plan.
  • Take you on a journey to get living again – we will help you chase your goals!

Myths:

  • Headaches are caused by my neck being ‘out’.
  • Headaches are caused by poor posture.
  • Headaches are caused by weak muscles.

 

Facts:

  • Headaches are more common in females and have a genetic basis.
  • There are three main causes of headache: migraine, tension headache and headache from the upper neck.
  • Headaches are influenced by things like poor sleep, worries, low mood and stress.
  • Physiotherapy can help with tension and neck related headaches.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can identify which type of headache you have.
  • For tension headaches we can provide you with relaxation and stress management strategies.
  • For neck related headaches a combination of local hands-on treatment, exercise advice and lifestyle management can relieve your pain.

Myths:

  • Pain at the front of my hip means I have damaged something.
  • My hip pain has been there for years so it must be arthritis.
  • Exercise hurts my hip so I should stop it.
  • I’m too young to have hip pain.
  • Noises around my hip must be causing problems.
  • If I just ignore my pain it will probably go away.
  • A hip injury could end my career.

 

Facts:

  • Most true hip joint pain is felt at the top and front of the thigh and hard to localise.
  • Long term hip pain can be from compression of the joint relating to muscle imbalances and protective movements.
  • Exercise has been shown to help reduce hip related pain.
  • Improving your hip muscle strength can help shock absorb when you are loading your hip joint.
  • Noises that occur around the hip DO NOT mean your hip is damaged.
  • Findings on scans like labral tears and arthritis DOES NOT always correlate with pain.
  • People can make a full recovery back to everyday function and elite level sport after hip injuries.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can diagnose the cause of your pain and determine whether you need a scan.
  • In most cases we can set you a specific program to get you strong, in control of your pain and back to the things you enjoy.
  • We can develop a gym and running program that suits your needs.
  • We can provide preventative programs.
  • We can help communicate with a Sports Physician or Surgeon if it is required.
  • If you need surgery we can rehab you to get you back to sport ASAP.
  • We use the latest evidence and technology in all of our treatments so you get the best possible outcome.

Myths:

  • Incontinence is just a sign of old age.
  • You just have to live with it.
  • I am too old to do anything about it.
  • Pelvic floor exercises won’t work for someone like me.
  • Light bladder leakage “LBL” is normal.
  • Wearing a pad is the best solution.
  • Drinking less fluid will improve incontinence.
  • Surgery is the only successful treatment for incontinence.

 

The facts

  • Incontinence occurs in people of all ages, men women and children.
  • Age is no barrier to improvement.
  • The sooner you seek help the better.
  • Mild incontinence symptoms are an early warning sign to see a continence physiotherapist.
  • Incontinence can be greatly reduced or eliminated by seeing a continence physiotherapist.
  • Pelvic floor exercises are recommended by the international continence society as first line management of incontinence.
  • An Australian study showed 83% of women with stress incontinence (leakage with cough, sneeze and exercise) were significantly improved in 1-5 treatments with a continence physiotherapist.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your incontinence.
  • Set a plan to help you control your bladder or bowel.
  • Teach you how to perform correct pelvic floor exercises.
  • Take you on a journey to get back to doing the things you love.
  • We will help you achieve your goals.

Myths:

  • Mobile joints and ligament laxity always causes pain.
  • Mobile joints means that I can’t control my body.
  • Mobile joints are for life.

 

Facts:

  • Ligament laxity and joint hypermobility is very common in all young females (children and adolescents).
  • It’s really helpful if you want to dance and do gymnastics.
  • Our research has shown that it doesn’t cause chronic back or neck pain.
  • It can increase the risk for strains and injury to the shoulders, ankles and knees if the muscles around the joints are strong and well coordinated.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can help you identify the factors linked to your pain.
  • We can give you exercise programs to get you really strong and in control of your body to do the things you love to do.

Myths:

  • Knee pain means I’ve got arthritis.
  • Pain going up steps and squatting means I should stop it.
  • If my knee pain doesn’t go away I should get a scan.
  • If my knees are making noises and crackling they must be wearing out.

Facts:

  • Knee pain is common without any damage to the joint.
  • Squatting and steps are great exercises to strengthen the knee.
  • The stronger your muscles the less strain on the joint – your muscles act as shock absorbers.
  • Scans are usually only needed if you have had a traumatic injury.
  • Noisy knees are common and and can improve with activity.
  • Lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep and general health are all important for knee pain.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can diagnose the cause of your pain and determine whether you need a scan.
  • If you have developed pain over time we can help identify the key factors related to it and build a plan to get you back to full capacity.
  • We can develop an exercise program that is specific to YOU.
  • We can communicate with your GP or Sports Physician / Surgeon if it is required.

Myths:

  • Neck pain is caused by damage and wear and tear.
  • Neck pain is caused by poor posture.
  • Neck pain is caused when my joint is out of place.
  • Its dangerous to twist the neck if it hurts.

 

Facts:

  • Neck pain is more common in women than men.
  • Neck pain is rarely caused by damage.
  • Neck pain is caused by factors such as stress, muscle tension, a strain, poor sleep and inactivity.
  • Getting strong and normalising the way you move helps necks.
  • So-called abnormal findings on scans like disc bulges and degeneration are common in most necks without pain.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can identify the keys factors linked to your neck pain.
  • We can help relieve your pain, reduce muscle tension and get you moving again.
  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to get you strong, relaxed and confident.

Myths:

  • Nerve pain is caused by a pinched nerve from a disc bulge or disc prolapse / protrusion.
  • Nerve pain doesn’t get better with time.
  • Nerves get tight and need to be stretched.
  • Nerve pain means I need surgery.

 

Facts:

  • Nerve pain is caused by inflammation not compression.
  • Compressed nerves caused numbness and weakness not pain.
  • Disc prolapses resolve over time (3-6 months).
  • Nerve inflammation is influenced by things like disc prolapses, belly fat, inactivity, poor sleep and stress.
  • Sensitive nerves don’t like being over stretched.
  • Reducing inflammation / sensitivity by targeting gentle exercise, establishing good sleep patterns and relaxation strategies can help reduce nerve pain.
  • Medication can also help, but surgery is rarely needed.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can identify the keys factors linked to your nerve pain.
  • We can help relieve your nerve pain by reducing muscle tension and giving you strategies to reduce inflammation.
  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to get you safely active, relaxed and confident.
  • We work with other health professionals to assist with pain management if needed.

The Myths

  • Back pain in pregnancy is a sign you have damage.
  • Pain in your pelvis means your ligaments are lax.
  • If you have pain it means your core is weak.
  • If you have pain you should rest.
  • If you have pain, you just have to live with it.
  • Exercise during late pregnancy is dangerous.
  • Incontinence during and after pregnancy can not be helped and needs surgery.
  • Pain with sex after baby is normal and you just have to live with it.

 

The facts

  • Back and pelvic pain in pregnancy and after baby is common.
  • Most back pain during pregnancy and after baby gets better.
  • Keeping active in pregnancy is recommended as it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, and helps your post baby recovery.
  • Pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy reduces the risk of back pain, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and prolapse after birth.
  • Pelvic floor and abdominal exercise in pregnancy reduces the risk of tummy separation or rectus abdominus diastasis.
  • Urinary incontinence is common but not normal after having a baby and can be improved with the correct exercises.
  • Pain with postnatal sex is common but not normal and can be helped.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your problem.
  • Set a plan to help you manage your condition.
  • Teach you how to perform correct pelvic floor and abdominal exercises.
  • Take you on a journey to get back to doing the things you love.
  • We can help you achieve your goals!

Myths

  • Pelvic floor exercises are easy to do.
  • I go to Pilates so my pelvic floor should be strong.
  • I do core exercises at the gym so I don’t need to do pelvic floor exercises.
  • If you leak you need to squeeze your pelvic floor muscles really strongly.
  • You need to do 300 pelvic floor exercises a day.
  • Pelvic floor exercises need to be done every day for the rest of your life.
  • Because I am older pelvic floor exercises will not help me.
  • I have tried pelvic floor exercises on my own but they didn’t help my problem so I need to have surgery.
  • Pelvic floor muscles get weaker as you age and there is nothing you can do about it.
  • Pelvic floor exercises cannot help prolapse, you need to have surgery.

 

The facts

  • Pelvic floor exercises are difficult to learn from just reading a leaflet.
  • Many people perform pelvic floor exercises incorrectly and may even worsen their condition.
  • Just performing MORE pelvic floor exercises is not always the answer, you have to do the exercises CORRECTLY.
  • It is not just about the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, some people have difficulty relaxing the pelvic floor.
  • If you leak when you cough, sneeze or do exercise, pelvic floor exercises can help.
  • If you have urgency to get to the toilet on time or urge leakage, pelvic floor exercises can help.
  • If you have prolapse symptoms such as heaviness and pressure, pelvic floor exercises can help.
  • Difficulty relaxing the pelvic floor muscles can result in difficulty emptying the bladder and also pain with intercourse.
  • Learning to relax the pelvic floor muscles can assist bladder emptying.
  • Learning to relax the pelvic floor muscles can help to reduce pain.
  • Correct pelvic floor exercises individually taught and supervised by a physiotherapist, has the best outcome for managing symptoms of incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your problem.
  • Set a plan to help you improve your condition.
  • Teach you how to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly.
  • Take you on a structured program to get back to doing the things you enjoy.
  • We can help you achieve your goals!

Myths:

  • Pelvic pain means your pelvis is out or unstable.
  • Pelvic pain means you have a weak core.
  • The pelvis is a weak and vulnerable structure.
  • Pelvic pain is linked to poor posture.

 

Facts:

  • Pelvic pain is linked to sensitivity of the structures of the pelvis (e.g. muscles, ligaments, joints and skin).
  • The pelvis and the ligaments around it are really strong and it doesn’t go out.
  • A weak core and ‘poor’ posture doesn’t cause pelvic pain.
  • Too much muscle tension is often linked to pelvic pain.
  • Pelvic pain is often linked to being pregnant, poor sleep, stress and a history of period pain.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can help you identify the factors linked to your pelvic pain.
  • We can give you strategies to help relieve your pain and set you up with a specific rehab plan to gradually get you back on track.

The Myths

  • If you have prolapse it is only going to get worse.
  • You just have to live with it.
  • I am too old to do anything about it.
  • Surgery is the only successful treatment for prolapse.
  • Pelvic floor exercises won’t work for someone like me.
  • Exercise makes my prolapse worse.

 

The facts

  • Age is no barrier to improvement.
  • The sooner you seek help the better.
  • Research shows that months of pelvic floor exercises can reduce symptoms.
  • Prolapse can be greatly reduced by seeing a continence physiotherapist.
  • Pelvic floor exercises are recommended by the international continence society as first line management of prolapse.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your prolapse.
  • Set a plan to help you manage your condition
  • Teach you how to perform correct pelvic floor exercises.
  • Take you on a journey to get back to doing the things you love.
  • We will help you achieve your goals.

Myths:

  • Pelvic pain is something you have to just live with.
  • Pain with period is normal and you just have to put up with it.
  • Pain in the bladder and bowel cannot be helped.
  • Pelvic pain means you cannot go back to having pleasurable sex.
  • Pelvic pain means you can’t exercise.
  • Pelvic pain means you should just lay down and rest.
  • Pelvic pain is caused by damage to the pudendal nerve and can only be helped by surgery or injections.

 

Facts:

  • Pelvic pain is complex and linked to sensitivity of the pelvic organs and muscles in the pelvis.
  • Pelvic pain often appears when things get out of balance in our lives or at times of major change.
  • Pelvic pain is linked to many things like a history of trauma, stress, low mood, poor sleep, fatigue, inactivity and over activity.
  • Pelvic pain is often linked to too much pelvic floor muscle tension.
  • Pelvic pain is sometimes linked to pudendal nerve irritation but it is often linked to reversible muscle changes and does not usually need surgery.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can help you identify the factors linked to your pelvic pain.
  • We can give you strategies to help relieve your pain.
  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to gradually get you back on track.
  • We can help you identify the factors linked to your pelvic pain.
  • We can give you strategies to help relieve your pain.
  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to gradually get you back on track.

Myths:

  • Rest is what I need to heal.
  • The surgery has fixed my problem so I just time to get right.
  • The amount of pain I feel reflects the damage done.

 

Facts:

  • Graduated movement and exercise is critical for great outcomes and helps promote healing.
  • Surgery is just the first step, but rehab is the step back to living again.
  • How much pain a person feels is influenced by lots of things like your sleep, thoughts, emotions and activity levels.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can set you up with a rehab plan to gradually get you back to the things in life that you love to do.  Rehab is a journey, we will travel with you.

Myths:

  • Shoulder pain means I’m damaged.
  • A rotator cuff tear means I need surgery.
  • My shoulder clicks all the time so there must be something wrong.
  • If my shoulder hurts I should get a scan.
  • If my shoulder hurts I should avoid using my arm.
  • A Cortisone injection will fix my shoulder

 

Facts:

  • Shoulder pain is common without any damage to the joint.
  • Most people WITHOUT shoulder pain have rotator cuff tears.
  • Rotator cuff tears do not predict shoulder pain.
  • Noisy shoulders are common and not a sign of damage.
  • Scans are usually only needed if you have had a traumatic injury.
  • Using your arm and getting it stronger reduces your shoulder pain.
  • Lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep and general health are all important for shoulder pain.
  • Cortisone may offer very short term relief but you need a long term rehab program to get your shoulder back on track.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and determine whether you need a scan.
  • If you have developed pain over time we can help identify the key factors related to it and build a plan to get you back to full capacity.
  • We can develop an ACL rehab program that is specific to YOU.
  • We can communicate with your GP or Sports Physician / Surgeon if it is required.

Myths:

  • Sports related pain means I have damaged structures.
  • All sports related pain should be rested until it goes away.
  • I need to get a scan if I have pain related to sport.
  • The amount of pain I feel reflects the damage done.

 

Facts:

  • Traumatic injuries can cause tissue damage that can be identified on scan.
  • Tendon and ligament ruptures and fractures need surgical review.
  • Muscle and ligament sprains are common and heal quickly with the right physio management – and it’s not rest!
  • A lot of pain in sport is not linked to tissue damage – it can come on when we are run down, tired, stressed, deconditioned or rapidly increased training loads.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can diagnose the cause of your pain and determine whether you need a scan.
  • If you need surgery we can rehab you to get you back to sport ASAP e.g. ACL rehab program (video link)
  • If you have a muscle or ligament strain we can set you up with a graduated rehab program to get you back to sport.
  • If you have developed pain over time we can help identify the key factors related to it and build a plan to get you back to full capacity.

Myths:

  • Tendon pain needs rest, massage and stretching.
  • A torn tendon can rupture.
  • Torn tendons need surgery.
  • The amount to pain I feel reflects the damage done.

 

Facts:

  • Tendons don’t like sudden increases in load.
  • Tendons adapt to graduated loading.
  • Strengthening the muscles around the tendon helps.
  • Loading a painful tendon is not dangerous – it won’t snap.
  • Painful tendons get better with the right treatment.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can set you up with a specific rehab plan to gradually get you loading your tendon and strengthening your muscles to get you back on track.

The Myths:

  • You just have to live with it.
  • All TMJ pain complaints need a splint.
  • Clicking and popping sounds of the jaw are a sign of damage.
  • TMJ is caused by grinding your teeth.
  • TMJ pain will go away once you rest your jaw.

 

The facts:

  • The temporomandibular joint is the most used joint in your body.
  • Teeth alignment, orthodontic treatment, teeth grinding, trauma, poor health and nutrition, and joint laxity are known contributing factors.
  • TMJ pain is usually linked to things like: being stressed and tense, run down, sleeping poorly and low mood.
  • People often seek help with their jaw for a variety of reasons and it does not always involve pain.
  • Common complaints include clicking, popping sounds of the jaw, grinding/clenching, limited opening and pain with eating/chewing.
  • TMJ pain can affect your jaw, ears, head, and more.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • Identify the factors linked to your jaw pain or limitation.
  • Set a plan to help you control your pain. This might involve hands on work, but always an active management plan.
  • Take you on a journey of understanding why it your jaw is sore and what we can do to help you.

Myths:

  • Whiplash means your neck is damaged.
  • With whiplash you need to rest and avoid moving to let your neck heal.
  • Whiplash needs a lot of treatment.

 

Facts:

  • Whiplash can be scary and painful – but it rarely results in long term damage to the neck structures.
  • Whiplash is associated with a strain to the soft tissues (ie muscles and ligaments) that gets better with the right treatment.
  • Resting, worrying, protecting the neck and avoiding movement is the worst thing to do following whiplash.
  • Too much treatment can make things worse.

 

How can Body Logic Physiotherapy help you?

  • We can provide you with strategies to relax your neck, be confident, get it strong and moving normally again.
  • We can help get you back to the things you love as quick as possible.
  • We don’t over treat whiplash – we know it doesn’t help.