Matt is an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist, a clinical educator at Macquarie University and one of the physiotherapists at the Sydney Swans. As well as working in sports, Matt also gets great satisfaction in helping people overcome chronic injuries which impact on day to day activities.
What can patients expect from an appointment with you?
Patients can expect a clear diagnosis and an explanation relating back to biomechanics and tissue pathology explaining the reason why they are injured. This may include video analysis of certain activities to help the patient see what they are doing wrong. Further, they will be given a written plan outlining the actions they need to take to turn things around. Patients always receive hands on treatment, education and rehabilitation exercises and stretching.
What is your area of expertise?
Working in sports I feel particularly comfortable with muscle strains, tendon injuries and joint injuries in all sports and fitness although especially related to running athletes. I also enjoy working with shoulder and spinal injuries.
What do you love about your job?
I find helping people overcome an injury which poses an obstacle to participating in the activities they love is the best part of my job. I also enjoy working as part of a team with the staff at Elevate. Sharing ideas on treatment and rehabilitation helps us all become more effective.
What mistakes do patients make?
“Doctor Google” would have to be the main one. Getting a bad prognosis for a condition they may not even have from an on-line source can really instil a feeling of doom in anyone. Getting an accurate diagnosis and management plan related back to your individual situation is critical.
What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients?
Having a structure to your exercise routine helps avoid overload on body regions and energy systems. Without planning a program you run the risk of overloading some areas whilst under-utilising others. To avoid injury and maximise outcomes a structured exercise plan including achievable goals and time frames is critical.
Listen to your body; it’s cleverer than you think!
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