What is Osteoarthritis

As physiotherapists we are often asked the question by our patients whether they should use ice or heat on their injury. The answer to this question depends on the type of injury the patient presents with. The following is a guideline that should help you make the appropriate choice.

Ice or Heat ?

As physiotherapists we are often asked the question by our patients whether they should use ice or heat on their injury. The answer to this question depends on the type of injury the patient presents with. The following is a guideline that should help you make the appropriate choice.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is an injury to the heel bone caused by traction of the Achilles tendon at its insertion site. This traction results in stress on the heel bone, causing inflammation and pain.

Sever’s occurs most commonly in very active and/or overweight adolescents from 8-15 years olds who are at a time of rapid growth1. A child’s bones can often grow more rapidly than their accompanying muscles and tendons, resulting in a stretching and consequent tensioning of the muscles and tendons on the elongated bone. Tension can also be caused by a tight calf muscle.

TMJ Disorders & Treatment

TMJ is short for “temporo-mandibular joint,” and disorders associated with this joint are a common complaint our physiotherapists here at Glen Eira Physiotherapy Centre treat.

The TMJ is where your lower jaw (mandible) attaches to the base of your skull on each side of your head. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open and close your mouth you can feel these joints move.