Welcome to the first in what will become a fortnightly series of blogs from Palmerston Physiotherapy Clinic. These will be focusing on physiotherapy-related topics and other interesting health-related discussions.
About me, Damon Sala
We’ll start things off with a brief “professional” introduction about myself. I completed my 4 year undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University Bundoora/Bendigo Campuses. Being a country Victorian I decided to stay in Bendigo and worked in a public hospital for 3 years, completing numerous professional development courses (which are a requirement for all physiotherapists, to ensure they stay up-to-date with latest research-based assessment and treatment techniques, thus providing the best quality care for our clients) along the way and fine-tuning my university-acquired skills.
After a short overseas hiatus I returned to Australia with a taste for travel and looking for a new professional challenge. These two factors combined together led me to join the Palmerston Physiotherapy Clinic crew in early 2013.
Working at Palmerston Physiotheraphy
I think this is a good time to take a quick break from my professional story and welcome all of you to the Palmerston Physiotherapy Clinic, which has been servicing the Palmerston, Darwin and the rural areas for 11 years under the current ownership. Our Physiotherapists hail from all over Australia and even overseas, we have Darwin locals, New South Welshmen, a Queenslander, a country Victorian, a neighbour from across the ditch (New Zealander) and even a Pommy!
We have a broad range of expertise within our physiotherapy team, all of whom complete weekly in-clinic professional development as well as regularly attending interstate courses to ensure we continue to provide the very best care to our clients.
Back to my story
Back to my story, it was a whirl-wind introduction to the principle physiotherapist and owner Paul Foster before he jetted off to Brisbane to complete his masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, which is where my own interest in the Masters program began. For the next two years I developed my skills and expertise to a point where I felt, with the encouragement of Paul, that I was ready to complete the University Of Queensland’s Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy year-long course.
After completing the Masters in 2015, which taught a lot of new assessment and treatment techniques, I returned to Palmerston Physiotherapy Clinic and started working as a senior physiotherapist, implementing the advanced skills I had learned, this brings us to now.
Even before I completed my Masters, some of the most common questions or statements that I heard when assessing a new client were; “I didn’t realise a physio could help me with this” or “I thought physios only dealt with muscles?” or “I thought I needed a GP referral to see physio”. Which leads nicely into the conclusion of this first blog which will discuss what sort of things, we as physios, are able to treat and provide assistance with.
We are the experts when it comes to assessing and treating musculoskeletal injuries, which includes but is not limited to; spinal, neck, headaches, shoulders, knees, arms, hips, legs and feet/hands. It is important to note that you do not need a referral from your GP to attend a physiotherapist for your injury.
Further, physios are adept at identifying when something is not musculoskeletal in nature and which may require further investigation or treatment by your General Practitioner.
Beyond musculoskeletal injuries, physios are also able to assist with some neurological conditions as well as some cardiorespiratory conditions. It is just as important to note that we are able to assist with strength and conditioning for people post-surgery or who are looking to get fit.
In the following blog posts I’ll be talking about different joints, common injuries and discussing new interesting research into common conditions so hopefully you’ll be back to read more and keep us in mind for any of your physiotherapy needs, we at Palmerston Physiotherapy Clinic are only a phone call away.