Services

Penrith Physiotherapy Sports Centre (PPSC) provides clinical, occupational, hospital and sports physiotherapy services.

The Penrith Physiotherapy Sports Centre group has been operating since 1988 and is owned and managed by Rob Standen, Allan Bourke and Tony Larven.
We provide a diverse and wide range of services and treatment at our clinics and other venues.

Assessing and Correcting the Whole Body (CONNECT Physiotherapy)

ConnectTherapy or The Integrated Systems Model for pain and disability assesses dysfunction within the body in the context of whole body  movement and optimal health of the whole person.

The collaborative work, initially of Diane Lee and advanced by Dr Linda Joy Lee, has resulted in an approach to injury and dysfunction which considers the interaction of all the different areas of the body. The approach is based on latest research outcomes and exploits elements such as motor relearning and brain plasticity, advanced muscle retraining and strengthening, often with extraordinary results.

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Musculoskeletal

 

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is the branch of physiotherapy with which most people are familiar – the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of muscle and joint problems, especially spinal conditions that commonly cause lower back pain and neck pain.

It employs advanced clinical assessment and treatment methods. This has come from high quality research conducted by Australian and overseas physiotherapists and researchers, embracing a greater understanding of pain physiology, neuromotor control of movement, human behavioural and social sciences.


Pre and Post Orthopaedic Surgery

Our physiotherapists work closely with all the orthopaedic surgeons in the area.  They want to ensure you prepare and recover from your surgery.

Physiotherapy before your surgery helps your body understand how to use your muscles and joints in your recovery.  This physiotherapy can be done before you even go into the hospital.

After your operation the physiotherapists will visit you in hospital each day to assist your recovery and get your joints and muscles working as normal as possible.

After discharge from hospital you will continue to see the physiotherapist in the clinic to make sure get optimal recovery from your surgery.

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Sports Physiotherapy

 

Sports physiotherapy is a specialised area in which deals with injury and issues as they relate to active people. Everyone from Olympic athletes to morning walkers and anyone in between.

Sports physiotherapy focuses on evaluation of the person’s whole body and the biomechanical demands of their activity, in order to develop the most specific treatment, rehabilitation, prevention and performance enhancement strategies for the physically-active individual.

We keep you doing what you want to be doing faster, stronger, sooner.


Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric physiotherapists are specialised physiotherapists who work with children of all ages to improve and optimise physical development and movement dysfunctions.

Our Paediatric physiotherapists are different to generalised physiotherapists as we facilitate motor planning and learning through play, aiming to achieve family centred goals. Here at Penrith Physiotherapy Sports Centre, we use the latest assessment tools and provide realistic programs for children that are FUN!

If you are worried about your child’s development make an appointment with Emily Healey, our paediatric physiotherapist. 

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Women’s Health

Our physiotherapists can assist with bladder dysfunction, urinary incontinence, urgency and bladder pain syndromes. Physiotherapy also treats bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual pain disorders, pregnancy and post-natal recovery, pelvic floor retraining and safe return to sport after childbirth.


Men’s Health

Our physiotherapists can provide treatment for incontinence, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual pain disorders and post-surgical recovery from prostate surgery.

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Dance and Pre Point

Caroline Viner and Emily Standen have a background in dance and have a passion for treating dancers. We tailor our assessment, management and treatment to enable you to reach your dance goals

We can help  you with:
  • Dance Injury Rehabilitation
  • Dance Technique Correction and Performance Enhancement
  • Pre-Pointe Assessments
  • Injury Prevention Screening
Our dance appointments go for 1 hour. Please wear your dance attire and bring your shoes along!

Orthotic Prescriptions

We can assess the need for and the effectiveness of a current orthotic in terms of your whole body. We fabricate and provide a comprehensive orthotic and splinting service.

Our orthotic specialist, Robert, has 25 years’ experience of foot and ankle assessment with a long term interest in low limb biomechanics and the interaction with the pelvic and thoracic regions.

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Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition which causes pain, stiffness and swelling of your joints and their surrounding tissue. Osteoarthritis involves damage to your joints through “wear and tear” and is the most common type of arthritis. Our physiotherapists can help you manage the symptoms of arthritis and make life easier by reducing pain, improving flexibility, strengthening muscles and improving daily function. In addition to treatment in the clinic, you can also attend our hydrotherapy classes which allows you to exercise with less forces through your painful joints.


Joint Replacement Clinics

Joint replacement surgery is an effective management for advanced osteoarthritis of the knee and hip joints. Rehabilitation after surgery contributes greatly to the outcome of your surgery. Whilst the new prosthesis helps alleviate your joint pain, restoring muscle strength and function through physiotherapy will help to maximise your recovery.

Our experienced physiotherapists can guide you from preparation for surgery through to post-operative rehabilitation, helping you make the most of your new joint and achieve new goals of physical activity. One of our physiotherapists, Vicki Ko, has completed her PhD researching physiotherapy strategies after knee replacements.

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Work injury rehabilitation

PPSC has extensive experience providing an early return to employment for work injuries. We ensure the worker is treated individually for their specific employment and injury needs.

Our clinics provide a positive rehabilitation environment and we set clear return to work goals for injured works, employees and all parties involved in the rehabilitation pathway.

Direct communication with referees is central to rehabilitation, and we coordinate the rehabilitation process with referring doctors, occupational physicians, medical specialists, return to work consultants, employers, and insurers.

PPSC is a preferred provider of work injury physiotherapy for a number of national and regional companies. We undertake pre-employment screening, to preventative assessments and programs, functional assessments and work conditioning programs.


Back Pain and Surgery

Back pain is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition which causes limitation of daily function.

PPSC provides a proactive approach to regaining optimal activity levels for multiple spinal condition. PPSC has 30 years’ experience working closely with spinal conditions, ranging from acute low back pain to spinal surgery.

We combine the most recent developments in musculoskeletal medicine, spinal biomechanics and exercise science to provide each individual with a self-management strategy for their specific spinal condition.

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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is physiotherapy conducted in a warm pool environment utilising the benefits of heat, buoyancy and gentle resistance to provide rehabilitation to suit a variety of injuries and conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Post orthopaedic surgery including joint replacements
  • Post spinal surgery including laminectomies and fusions
  • Neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia
  • Musculoskeletal pain including lower back, neck and shoulder pain

Our Hydrotherapy services are available either in a group or individual setting. Your physiotherapist will be present with you in the water providing you with exercises aimed at improving:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Function
  • Pain
  • Core stability
  • Fitness

Hospital In-Patient

PPSC are the providers for physiotherapy at Nepean Private Hospital. Dedicated to providing all patients with highest quality care 365 days a year and an afterhours/ emergency service if required.

We provide a comprehensive range of services to inpatients undergoing the following procedures:

  • Orthopaedic surgeries including arthroscopy procedures and joint replacements
  • Spinal surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Abdominal surgery

We also provide care to patients admitted for:

  • Acute medical care
  • Intensive care management
  • Chronic disease management
  • Geriatric care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health including postnatal physiotherapy
  • Paediatric review including newborn assessments

For continuation of care we offer outpatient services at our Barber Ave and Lethbridge St clinics.

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Massage

Remedial Massage uses specific techniques to stretch and lengthen connective tissue and muscles.  It increases flexibility within the muscles and around the joints.

Sports massage is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help speed muscle recovery from exercise-induced fatigue. This massage helps loosen contracted and shortened muscles. Pre-event massages should be 3-5 days out from an event and post recovery massages should be 3-5 days after event when soreness has eased in muscles.

Hand Therapy

Our therapists are experienced in the assessment and treatment of the hand and upper limb, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries post surgery and overuse injuries.

Services available include casting, custom made thermoplastic splinting, exercise and therapies.

Our therapists work closely with local hand surgeons, general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons to provide you with quality co-ordinated care

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Workplace Assessments

PPSC provides employer services including

  • Pre-employment assessments
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Work site ergonomic assessments
  • Worksite treatment services

TMJ (JAW) DYSFUNCTION
Jaw pain and changes in jaw function with eating, and daily activities such as laughing, yawning can be assisted with mobilisation techniques for the jaw bones and associated musculature. We have a physiotherapist with training in the Latimer approach to management of TMJ dysfunction.

DRY NEEDLING AND ACCUPUNCTURE
Physiotherapists at PPSC are trained in dry needling which is a medical needling technique that affects the neuromuscular system to change muscle activation patterns and fascial tension.

Acupuncture uses a variety of needling techniques and point application to combine aspects of traditional Chinese acupuncture theory and Western physiological theory to modulate pain and stimulate the body’s inherent healing response.

HEADACHES
Headache pain can be treated with various manual therapy techniques to mobilise joints and muscle tissues of the neck head and upper body. This is combined with self-management exercises to improve postural mechanics, movement with awareness and ergonomic improvements of daily activity.