Preventing and Treating Injuries According to Australia Health report 2014, injury has a major, but often preventable, impact on the health of Australians of all ages. It is the largest cause of death for those aged under 35, and leaves many with serious disability or long-term conditions.

A recent state government report prepared by the Sports Injury Prevention Taskforce shows that each year thousands of Australians stop their team based sports due to injury. By 2020, the figure is estimated to be 20,0002. Injury Facts: 

  •  Hamstring and groin injuries invariably occur due to an overload on the muscle. This could be due to muscle imbalances, low back/pelvic restrictions.
  • Knee pain is often related to poor foot/ankle mechanics and poor hip/low back mechanics.
  • Osteitis pubis is often due to chronic overload of the groin muscles. This can be secondary to inaccurate activation of pelvic muscles.
  • Shoulder injuries can be caused by tension in the ribs, neck, shoulder blade and upper back. 
  • Shin splints often occur when you return to running too soon after injury. Especially if you have compromised ankle/foot biomechanics.

Joint injections and pain killers may only mask the problem. Unless you deal directly with the cause, further injury and joint degeneration can result. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent additional compensatory strains from occurring.

Osteopathic treatment involves safe, gentle and effective manual techniques, including soft tissue stretching, mobilisation, inhibition and manipulation. These techniques assist in improving elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance as well as minimise reinjury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.

Before treating your child or yourself, the osteopath will perform a comprehensive physical examination and refer to other health care professionals if necessary. The osteopath can also provide strategies, exercises and routines to help your family members avoid further injury and stay healthy and active.