The musculoskeletal system is made up of bones, muscles, fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, joints and other connective tissues. The muscoloskeletal system functions to support the weight of our body and to generate movement.
Biomechanics is the field of science that studies how internal & external forces act upon the musculoskeletal system, and the resultant effects of these forces.
Acute & chronic injuries are caused when the affected tissue has been loaded in excess of what it can tolerate, leading to injury.
Factors That Affect Biomechanical Forces
There are a large number of factors that can affect the biomechanical forces acting through our bodies. These factors can be divided in to two categories, internal factors & external factors.
Internal factors may include; bone structure, muscular weakness and movement habits.
External factors may include; footwear, orthoses and training surfaces.
The role of a Biomechanical & Musculoskeletal Podiatrist is to not only identify & treat the presenting injury, but to also identify & address the underlying factors that lead to the development of your injury.
Here at Forster Tuncurry Sports Podiatry we utilise some of the most advanced analysis technologies available in Australia to accurately assess your biomechanics in order to create effective treatment solutions for your individual needs.
Digital Gait Analysis
Our state of the art 2m Advanced Footscan® System has over 16000 sensors that allow us to capture 500 measurements per second, giving us unparallelled insight in to what forces are acting through your feet when you are in contact with the ground.
Video Gait Analysis
We utilise a number of analysis programs that enable us to assess your movement patterns. Slow motion recording & playback allows us to observe even minor alterations in your movement patterns.
Digital Pelvic Inclinometer (DPI)
We are one of the very few Allied Health clinics in the country to possess this groundbreaking technology.
The DPI allows us to measure and analyse the role the pelvis plays in the development of many chronic lower back & lower extremity musculoskeletal complaints.
Our Biomechanical Assessments involve testing and analysing your joints, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, posture, gait and movement patterns.
Our Biomechanical & Musculoskeletal assessments are continually evolving as we are dedicated to ensuring our assessment and treatment practices are in line with the latest research.
- The first step in your Biomechanical Assessment involves us getting to know you and understanding what your therapeutic goals are.
- We will then revise your medical history, any referral paperwork you have brought with you and any previous diagnostic imaging you have.
- After obtaining your history we will then perform a detailed Digital & Visual Gait analysis and complete the Biomechanical & Musculoskeltal examination,
- Biomechanical & Musculoskeletal examination includes orthopaedic, functional & muscular testing of the feet, legs, hips, lumbopelvic region & screening of the upper extremity*.
- At the conclusion of your assessment we will discuss our findings with you and outline our proposed treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Should you have existing orthoses we will review and assess your current devices in order to determine if they are meeting your biomechanical requirements.
We will review your current footwear and make recommendations based on your foot type and individual requirements.
Depending on the results of your Biomechanical Assessment and what your treatment goals are, there are a number of treatment modalities that may be involved in your treatment plan.
For more information on our range of treatment services, including orthotic therapy, please click here.
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* Upper extremity screening aims to identify movements & postural positions that may be having an impact on your complaint. Should we identify any areas of concern we will refer you to the relevant health professional for further assessment & treatment.