Hip and shoulder joint pain: Small changes make a big difference

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Joint pain, back pain, hip pain

Hip and shoulder joint pain, back injuries and other acute pain can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life and rather than just treating or masking the pain, Kardinia Health are focussed on investigating the underlying reasons and causes for the pain in the first place.

A more holistic approach to the health and wellbeing

Kardinia Health takes a more holistic approach to the health and wellbeing of our clients and this is showcased by our integrated multi-disciplinary team dedicated to musculoskeletal health. Our team is made up of highly experienced physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists and also incorporates remedial massage, pilates, dry needling/acupuncture and strength classes.  Our team of experts work collaboratively with each other and the other medical staff to optimise outcomes for our clients by sharing patient records, streamlining communication and holding case conferences.

87% of musculoskeletal conditions are accompanied by one or more other conditions

Our team of Physiotherapists also incorporate our broader in-house healthcare team as 87% of musculoskeletal conditions are accompanied by one or more other conditions that may require input from a GP, a musculoskeletal doctor, an Exercise Physiologist or Remedial Massage Therapist.

This allows us to offer a range of treatments all at one site which can often require multiple visits when using a single-disciplinary service.

What ‘other conditions’ can cause back, shoulder, hip and other joint pain?

Hip pain might be caused by bursitis (an inflammation of the protective sacs around the joint) however that bursitis might be the result of a client being overweight, further to that, being overweight can sometimes be caused by diabetes.

Your computer workstation setup could be causing you to lean too far forward or sit on an angle that is stressing certain muscle groups.

At times even things as simple as carrying your wallet in your back pocket or poor lifting habits can be the cause.

Treating the pain is step one however pain and injuries generally don’t just pop up out of nowhere, there is usually an underlying cause or reason behind it. To reduce the likelihood of that pain returning in the long-term our team look at every aspect of a client’s life to determine the causes of acute pain and put together a tailored management plan to overcome and eliminate the pain.

If in pain, how soon should I get things checked out?

The sooner the better! If you manage an injury correctly in the first 48 hours it can have a significant impact on the speed of your recovery.

How significant? An acute injury that can take three weeks to recover from and can drag out to six weeks if poorly managed during that early stage. Measures can be taken to control inflammation, immobilize or support any instabilities, and often the diagnosis is easier and more accurate if seen when the injury is fresh.

If you are interested in finding out more about how our musculoskeletal team can help you please call Kardinia Health on (03) 5202 9333 or book an appointment here.