Common Injuries

Our physiotherapists are skilled in treating musculoskeletal injuries and problems. In addition, we treat pre and post orthopaedic surgery and general deconditioning.

Most importantly, we not only treat injuries but we also provide the correct treatment advice and maintenance programs to prevent injury. Below are some of the common conditions we treat.

Head and Neck Injuries

Pain in the neck can arise for many reasons. Pain can come from the spine itself, which can be caused by inflammation or stiffness of one or more vertebrae, due to arthritis or poor posture. Muscular pain is also common, which may be due to overuse, poor posture, car accidents or a sports injury. Referred or localised pain may be the result of a prolapsed / bulging disc which can irritate the nerve. Physiotherapy can also help headaches, as they are often influenced by neck problems.

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder pain can be caused by frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries, rotator cuff impingements, arthritis, dislocations, bursitis, ligament problems, muscle imbalances or posture related problems. These problems may arise from overuse (RSI) , trauma, wear and tear, sports injury or poor posture.


Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) and are the most common injuries associated with the elbow and involve the tendons of the elbow joint. These are usually caused by overuse (repetitive strain injury (RSI)), either in day to day activities or sporting activities. Dislocations, fractures, and arthritis are also problems that physiotherapy can assist with.

Wrist and Hand

Tendon injuries, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and fractures are all problems associated with the wrist. These may be caused by overuse (RSI), trauma or general wear and tear. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for these conditions. Finding the cause of the injury (ie work/sport/recreation) is important to prevent reoccurrence and is something your physiotherapist can help you with. This may involve assessing and altering workstations and activities.

Back Injuries

Lower back pain affects up to 80% of the population at some stage of their lives and is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the GP in Australia. Back pain is the single most common complaint we get at Lane Cove Physio. As a result, we have developed effective treatment approaches for all types of back pain.

Foot Injuries

Heel pain/plantar fasciitis, metatarsal fractures, bunions, tendon injuries, and dropped arches are common causes of foot pain. Physiotherapy can help with these problems. If your problem is due to a collapsing arch or your ankle rolls too much when you walk, custom orthotics may be prescribed as a long term solution. Our physiotherapists can determine this by assessing you on our Gait Scan.


Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) and are the most common injuries associated with the elbow and are injuries involving the tendons of the elbow joint. These are usually caused by overuse (repetitive strain injury RSI) or sport related. Dislocations, fractures and arthritis are also problems that physiotherapy can help with.

Pre and Post Surgery

Whether you are awaiting joint surgery and need to build up muscle strength, or you have had surgery (eg, hip or knee replacement, shoulder or knee ligament reconstruction) and require rehabilitation, we are experts in following your surgeon’s protocol and getting you back on your feet. We strive for full rehabilitation, so you can return to enjoying your active lifestyle or sporting activities.

Hip/Groin Injuries

Pain in this area can be due to muscular strains, ligament injuries of the hip joint, arthritis of the hip joint, hernia or muscle imbalances. Our physiotherapists can assist in management of these conditions to decrease pain and increase movement.

Pelvic Injuries

The sacroiliac joints are part of the pelvis. Problems with these joints are commonly the cause of low back pain and can be treated with physiotherapy, postural modifications, pilates based exercises, and stretches.

Lower Leg and Ankle

Shin splints, calf strains, and Achilles tendon injuries are all muscular problems that are common in the lower leg. Pain may also be referred from the lower back. Ankle problems include arthritis and ligament injuries, these may be from sport or twisting the ankle. Physiotherapy can also help rehabilitate you after fracture to the lower limb.

Thigh / Upper Leg Injuries

Quadriceps and Hamstring strains are muscular problems which are common in the leg are usually caused by sport / recreational activities or overstretching. Pain in this area can also be due to referred pain from the lower back.

Knee Injuries

Knee pain can be caused by problems or injury of the ligaments, meniscus (cartilage), muscles or joint surfaces. A physiotherapy assessment will determine the cause of your knee pain and allow your physiotherapist to devise an appropriate treatment plan, including advice to aid your return to physical activity and sport.