Q&A with Physiotherapist Benjamin Tan

Hi Benjamin, what made you want to become a physiotherapist?

Starting young as a competitive swimmer, I’ve always been curious with the reasons to why I’d occasionally experience pain in my shoulders with specific movements. Attributing it to the intense demands of training, I often dismissed it to the mentality of “no pain, no gain”. The occasional twinge ultimately developed into a shoulder injury which eventually impaired my ability to enjoy doing the thing I loved. This cultivated my strong belief that understanding your body, opens other dimensions towards a better quality of life and overall well-being.

Written by Benjamin Tan, Physiotherapist

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Getting back to the fitness routine you love after an injury

Often, we are motivated towards a fitness routine we enjoy, be it the daily ritual at the gym or yoga studio, the weekly scuttle around the tennis court, or even a guilt-driven run around the block.

Time and time again, we struggle with sustaining this consistency due to our enslavement to work, personal commitments, or a new/old injury.

It gets frustrating seeing how far we’ve progressed, only to regress on our fitness goals.

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How should lower back pain (LBP) be viewed?

Let me explain further by thinking about this comparison. When we experience a gradual onset head ACHE and feel some pain, we don’t call it a head INJURY and certainly we do not rush off to the doctor, receive some strong medications and get some scans of our brain. We generally think about what the triggers of that headache are and try to address them. It may be drinking more water, getting more quality sleep, having improved nutrition, being less sedentary, taking some exercise or decreasing the stress in our lives.

Written by Michael Bushell, Senior Physiotherapist

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Don’t let this common cause of knee pain slow you down – ITBS (IT Band Syndrome)

ITBS is one of the most commonly seen overuse injuries among our runner clients for their knee complaints. It is often the result of an overuse injury. In some athletes, repeated knee bending causes the ITB to produce friction over the rounded end of the thighbone or compression of the tissue underneath it. This results in persistent pain on the outer side of the knee which worsens with over-activity.

ALPHONSE TRANNE, Senior Physiotherapist, Prohealth In Touch Physiotherapy

 

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