Physio for Achilles Tendinopathy in Brisbane

Find a Physio for Achilles Tendinopathy in Brisbane

What is the best treatment and how do you find a physio for Achilles tendinopathy in Brisbane?  Look no further. Gabriel Fernandes is your man.  For the last few years Gabe has made this condition his obsession and passion, embarking on a Ph.D. looking at the topic. 

What is the Initial best treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy

Initial best treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy is conservative management.   This means trying to get your pain better without injections or surgery.  So what treatments would we use in physio for Achilles Tendinopathy?

Load management is key, thus, advice and education form a large part of your first session.  Why might your condition have developed? Have you had a sudden increase in what you are doing? A sudden change in your activity levels that uses the tendon too quickly without enough time to adjust to demand, or without enough time for recovery might be linked to the onset of your pain.  

Or might it be related to something else?  These include other medical reasons that your physio will ask about.

Find a How can Physio for Achilles Tendinopathy help me recover?

What can you do to help the pain? This is another common question people ask of their physio for Achilles tendinopathy.  Firstly we will look at things you can do immediately to reduce pain. This might be around changing what you do, how you do it and how much you do.   The current up to date research guidelines about what medications might help reduce pain and considerations when you take pain relieving medications can be discussed. Ways to self massage your lower leg muscles, but not your tendon, may also help you reduce your pain. Remember do not rub your tendon, it does not help, and it can actually make pain worse. Exercises are an important part of your recovery road from Achilles tendinopathy.

The best exercises for you to use in your recovery is an essential component of your physio with Achilles tendinopathy.  We will lead you through a range of tests to ascertain what level you are at (both in terms of your level of fitness and injury severity/irritability), which exercises to start with and how many repetitions you should do. We will then guide you throughout your treatment on how to progress these. It is also very important that you look at other exercises for the rest of the body. It may be you need strength work further up the leg or around the pelvis.  

And it is very important you don’t completely stop – 

Achilles tendinopathy is not an inflammatory condition, so rest does not help Achilles tendinopathy. In fact, it can make it worse, as your tendon and muscles will get more and more unfit. In your physio for Achilles Tendinopathy, we will help guide you as to what you can continue to do, how much, how often and what alternatives you may want to introduce to help keep your body fitter and stronger.

In most cases, physio is all you will need to get back to doing what you love.  But should things take longer than expected we have a great team that we can work with to help ensure your recovery.

Gabriel Fernandes: Physio for Achilles Tendinopathy

When looking for a physio for Achilles Tendinopathy in Brisbane, Gabriel Fernandes is one of the leading professionals to see.  He knows the very latest research on this subject and he has vast experience working with those struggling with this often long term injury. He is currently completing his Ph.D looking at Achille. Tendinopathy and runners at QUT.

Call us on (07) 3511 1112 or book online by clicking here.

References:

Runners with mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy have greater triceps surae intracortical inhibition than healthy controls: Fernandes et al (2021)