Surgery or physical therapy?

Orthopaedic surgeon Victor van de Graaf speaks with Health Report host Dr Norman Swan about the choice between surgery and physical therapy for meniscal tears. Surprisingly, the health outcomes for both options are similar.

Photo by Alexander Redl on Unsplash

If you’ve ever had a serious knee problem, then this is well worth a listen (running time 6:47).

Health Report is a program on ABC Radio National. You can visit the episode website here: Surgery vs physical therapy for meniscal tears

You can download full audio for the episode on the ABC Radio National website here: Download audio (6:47)


If you would like to speak to Dr Jake Martin or one of our other practitioners about whether physical therapy (such as Osteopathy, Pilates or Remedial Massage) could help treat your knee injury, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Running – Training principles & injury prevention

As an Osteopath who has worked with many competitive and recreational runners over the years, I’ve come to recognise some of the most common causes of injuries:

  • Overload: Increasing training too rapidly or training at too high a volume.
  • Poor recovery: Inadequate rest, sleep or nutrition.
  • Biomechanics: A huge can of worms!
  • Other: Possibly a can and possibly a worm, but not yet clear.

In this article, I’ll be examining Overload and Recovery because that’s where things are most clear and where we can advise most accurately.

By following correct training principles, I believe that we can prevent most running injuries.

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Is your cycle a pain in the knee?

Most women will admit that having a monthly cycle is a pain in the neck – it can affect your mood, energy, or the desire to socialise – plus many other things. But did you know that the hormonal changes surrounding your menstrual cycle also affect the function of the ligaments in the body?

Most people are familiar with lower back pain or pelvic pain associated with a cycle, but there is also an increase in reported incidences of knee pain during this time too. Recent research suggests that females are more likely than males to suffer knee injuries. Menstrual cycle-related changes in the nerves that control muscle activity could explain why.

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MOSIC in the media for Osteopathy Awareness Week 2018

MOSIC has featured in the news several times this week as part of Osteopathy Awareness Week (15–21 April). Our director, Dr Shane Buntman, appeared as a guest on a live Sky News interview last Sunday.

And in this article from The Age on Monday, a longtime MOSIC client credits Osteopathy with getting his back pain under control after surgery on a ruptured disc. You can read the full article here:

The one thing you’re forgetting in your workout

Do you have any stories about how Osteopathy has helped you overcome injury or achieve your goals? We’d love to find out. Please feel free to send us an email or contact us on social media with your stories.

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  @MelbourneOsteopathySportsInjuryCentre/

 


Osteopathy Awareness Week helps the community by sharing stories about how Osteopathy can assist people in overcoming injuries and achieving their health and wellbeing goals.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you achieve yours, then please feel free to ask a question or contact us on:

Natasha’s remarkable recovery for the Patagonia ultramarathon

MOSIC client Natasha Sekulic describes on her blog the incredible RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon that she completed in the Patagonia region of Argentina in November last year. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Natasha suffered a debilitating calf muscle tear as she embarked on her training program for the 7-day 250km event.

It turned out worse than anticipated and three weeks post tear I was still on crutches … Six weeks post injury and I still couldn’t do a single calf raise and I was still walking with a heavy limp.

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Trusting Your Plan – Interview with Melbourne marathon runner Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen is a busy 40-year-old office worker and experienced road cyclist who started running marathons three years ago. At last year’s windswept Melbourne Marathon in October Danny ran 2 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

What makes Danny’s result so incredible is that an MRI report diagnosed a significant hamstring tear just 6-weeks out from the event. This explained the constant ache he had been feeling in his leg when running and for many people, this kind of news would have ended their marathon campaign. But Danny isn’t like most people…

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Medical History Explained: Diet and Osteopathy

A wise man once said: “He who thinks he has no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” It should come as no real surprise that in terms of tissue healing and injury prevention, the role of a healthy diet is pivotal. You may recall that last week’s blog post discussed the role of inflammation on tissue healing and also touched on the topic of food allergies and their relationship to pain. In addition to allergies, the food and drink you put in to your body each day can also have a direct impact on your musculoskeletal system by causing inflammation and delayed tissue healing times.

In your initial consultation at MOSIC you may remember being asked about your diet: How many meals do you eat each day? Do you prepare your own food or eat out? Do you drink coffee or tea? How much water do you drink each day? And so on. While this information may seem irrelevant for a musculoskeletal complaint, as Osteopaths it is a crucial element in helping you recover from you injury and prevent further damage down the track.

Healthy Diet

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Overuse Injuries

With Run Melbourne only 3 weeks away, here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, our team is hard at work keeping people moving in the right direction to meet their goals for this event. Many of the more common complaints rearing their head at this time in a runner’s build are those known as overuse injuries.

Run Melbourne

Overuse injuries occur at the musculotendinous junction – the area of muscle where it becomes tendinous and generally attaches to a bone. In most instances, overuse injuries affect tendons and occur when the load from exercise is too great for the body to adapt and repair in time for the next workout. Read more