B.App Sc Physiotherapy
M.App. Sc Ergonomics
Stephanie has been a Consultant Physiotherapist for Eastern Suburbs Pain Clinic since it’s commencement in 1999. She has extensive experience in providing physiotherapy assessments and treatments in both the public and private sectors. Stephanie is the principal physiotherapist of private practice and has a special interest in shoulder and elbow pain and in treatment of complex chronic pain patients.
Why see a physiotherapist in pain management?
A referral to a physiotherapist who specials in chronic pain is often required as part the pain management program. Patients who are referred to pain management have often tried physiotherapy and other conservative treatments for their condition but still have the pain. We understand this, however one of the aims of the doctors referring for pain management physio is to teach the patient how they can exercise safely, provide education about their pain and improving their overall fitness and strength level.
An active exercise program is an essential component of managing chronic pain. Sometimes the body hurts when it exercises, sometimes the body justs hurts anyway. Sometimes people dont exercise for fear of making their condition worse.
However, by consistently performing small amounts of exercises that we have identified as being safe, you feel more confident knowing that strength, fitness and function will improve.
The physiotherapy program at Eastern Suburbs Pain Clinic may include:
- Individualised assessment of the patient
- Discussing prior treatments- what has the patient found helpful in the past and what has not helped.
- Assessing the patients movement and strength and taking some baseline measures.
- Assessing core stability utilising real time ultrasound to check that the correct muscles are active when you perform your back exercises.
- Prescribing an individualised exercise program with specific exercises relevant for the patient to follow in their own time that is gradually upgraded over time.
- Posture advice at work and at home.
- Education regarding pacing your activity.
- Liaison with all members of your pain management program.