Other Treatments

Workstation Assessment

Computer Workstation

Many people seen for physiotherapy treatment work with computers either as PCs or laptops.

Some people have home workstations as well as an office setting.

Correct positioning of workstation equipment is vital to prevent headaches, neck pain, back pain, arm pain or pins and needles.

Prolonged sitting in slumped position with a poor set-up is enough, in some people, to produce these problems.

You need to address all the following areas:
  • Chair - fully supportive for lumbar spine and at the correct height to prevent slumping
  • Keyboard - in front of screen and at a correct distance
  • Screen - in front of operator and at the correct height
  • Mouse - positioned close to the keyboard
  • Workspace - uncluttered and well lit
  • Phone - close
  • Glasses - reading glasses better than varifocals

Work on a laptop requires the same considerations and should ideally be used with a separate keyboard and mouse so that the screen can be raised to the correct height.

At The Cloisters the physiotherapist will incorporate general workstation advice into all treatments and can perform a specific home assessment or workplace assessments with reports to employers, if required.

The physiotherapist will incorporate exercises to help maintain/improve posture as well as treating the painful area. This is applied to how you work, linked with the job you perform.

 

Biomechanical Assessment

A biomechanical assessment is normally carried out when there is a recurring or overuse type sports injury to the lower limb such as shin splints, Achilles tendinopathy, patella-femoral pain and heel pain (plantar fasciitis).

The aim of a biomechanical assessment is to try and identify what may be causing the injury to recur or to not get better.

The Physiotherapist will look at the overall alignment of the lower limbs both statically and dynamically. Then will carry out further tests to identify areas of weakness and stiffness.

A biomechanical assessment may include looking at the following:
  • Leg alignment and foot posture
  • Muscle length and Flexibility
  • Proprioception/balance and weight transference
  • Rotation control and shock absorption
  • Core stability and muscle balance around the pelvis
  • Gait analysis and running analysis
  • Footwear

Treatment will be based pretty much on what is found during the assessment. It may include a series of exercises and stretches, balance work, core stability exercises and advice on footwear.

Other treatment modalities may be used as an adjunct to the exercises, such as strapping, joint and soft tissue mobilisation or electrotherapy.

It may be necessary to refer you to a Podiatrist for orthotics (insoles) to improve your lower limb alignment.

 
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