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Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology Penrith

Your local physiotherapy practice in Penrith

Agility Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology is an evidence-based and guideline-based practice that works alongside GP's in Myhealth Medical centre Westfield Penrith. Our approach is high quality and consistent and is based on the most recent evidence to ensure you get a fast and effective outcome.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a profession that is one of a few first contact practitioner's that can diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and metabolic conditions. Physiotherapists help you to recover and overcome injury, complaints and discomfort by helping to reduce pain and stiffness, increase movement and prevent further injury. Physiotherapists, GPs, surgeons, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific complaint or condition.

What types of interventions do physiotherapists prescribe?

Physiotherapists are well trained to assess, diagnose, link to associated impairments, provide treatment and help you understand what’s wrong and how to fix it. 

Common treatment interventions used by physiotherapists include:

  • exercise therapy to increase strength, endurance and mobility

  • joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce joint mediated pain and stiffness

  • neurodynamic stretching to help relieve neural tension, such as in sciatica

  • soft tissue work to reduce muscle mediated aches and pains

  • assist in prescribing best walking aids (crutches, walking stick), splints or brace to help you move around

  • airway clearance techniques and deep breathing exercises

What does guideline-based physiotherapy mean?

Clinical practice guidelines are recommendations for clinicians about the care of patients with specific conditions. They should be based upon the best available research evidence and practice experience. 

Clinical practice guidelines have been defined as "statements that include recommendations, intended to optimise patient care, that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options".

When using a physiotherapist that promotes guideline-based care, one can have confidence that they have seen guidelines that have been constructed by a thorough systematic review of the research evidence bearing on a clinical question, focused on the strength of the evidence on which clinical decision-making for that condition is based.

Guideline-based clinical recommendations, involve both the evidence and value judgments regarding benefits and harms of alternative care options, addressing how patients with that condition should be managed. This ensures high quality and consistent care resulting in faster and more effective benefit.

What do physiotherapists treat?

  • Low back pain: disc herniations, protrusions and bulges, joint arthropathy, radicular pain, lateral recess and central canal stenosis.

  • Mid back pain: thoracic immobility, thoracic outlet syndrome.

  • Neck pain: cervicogenic headaches, joint related neck pain, cervical disc injury.

  • Shoulder pain: rotator cuff related shoulder pain, shoulder bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), AC joint pathology, labral tears.

  • Elbow/wrist: lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow), TFCC, De quervain's, wrist sprain.

  • Hip pain: hip osetoarthritis, glut tendinopathy, trochanteric bursitis, piriformis syndrome, ITB pain, labral tear.

  • Knee pain: PFPS, anterior knee pain, Hoffa's fat pad syndrome, meniscus tear, patella tendinopathy, ACL/PCL post-op, MCL/LCL and post-op rehab.

  • Lower leg pain: Achilles tendonitis, calf injury, tib posterior tendinopathy, shin splints.

  • Ankle and foot: ankle sprain, ankle instability, peroneal tenosynovitis, pes planus, plantar fasciitis.

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