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The Female Athlete with Antony Lo

By | biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Injury prevention, Rehabilitation & Pain science | No Comments

 

Antony Lo is a Sydney based physiotherapist who specialises in female athletes, and in particular female Crossfit athletes.

Having successfully grown 2 private practices, Antony sold these to concentrate on his Specialisation Training Program and developing educational courses for health professionals and the general public. He still consults at 2 locations in Sydney seeing everyone from children to the elderly, as well as his sports-specific patients. He also travels around Australia to deliver seminar information for his course The Female Athlete, and to provide consultations for those interested in his approach.

I have been friends with Antony since 2006 when we worked together. Every time I talk with Antony I learn something valuable, he is one of the practitioners I admire the most, and who I have learned the most from.

In this conversation we talk about pelvic health, urinary incontinence, low back pain, making quick changes and Antony’s approach to evidence-based practice.

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Pelvic Instability – Not A Thing

By | biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Injury prevention, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Read the Research:

Relaxin levels during pregnancy are not related to pelvic pain

  1. Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and its relationship with relaxin levels during pregnancy: a systematic review (Aldabe et al., 2012)
  2. Association between the serum levels of relaxin and responses to the active straight leg raise test in pregnancy (Vøllestad et al., 2012)

The sacroiliac joint basically doesn’t move – even in people with diagnosed “pelvic instability”

  1. Movement of the sacroiliac joint during the Active Straight Leg Raise test in patients with long-lasting severe sacroiliac joint pain (Kibsgård et al., 2017)
  2. A radiostereometric analysis of movements of the sacroiliac joints during the standing hip flexion test (Sturesson et al., 2000)

Pregnancy is characterised by widespread tissue hypersensitivity

  1. Pregnancy is characterized by widespread deep-tissue hypersensitivity independent of lumbopelvic pain intensity, a facilitated response to manual orthopedic tests, and poorer self-reported health (Palsson et al., 2015)

You can’t palpate movement of the pelvic joints (even if you think you can)

  1. Manual palpation of lumbo-pelvic landmarks: a validity study (Kilby et al., 2012)
  2. Inter-examiner reliability of four static palpation tests used for assessing pelvic dysfunction (Holmgren et al, 2008)
  3. Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 1: reliability (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(a)
  4. Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 2: validity (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(b)

The biggest predictor of recovery from pelvic pain is – belief that you will recover

  1. Prognostic factors for recovery from postpartum pelvic girdle pain (Vøllestad et al., 2009)

A person-centred approach to pain with Kjartan Vibe Fersum

By | Biopsychosocial care, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Kjartan Vibe Fersum is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, and was the lead author on the original CFT paper in 2012, with co-authors Peter O’Sullivan, Skouen,  Smith, & Kvåle.

In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Bergen, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Bergen, and a contributor to the Pain-Ed project, where his mission is to inform both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research, and to dispel common myths about pain and provide hope for change.

Kjartan is incredibly well-read, but his true genius seems to lie in combining his rich and nuanced understanding of the research with a flexible, person-centred worldview.

This interview has too many gems and insights to list – you must listen to it if you work with people in pain.

Resources

  • Synnott et al., (2015) Physiotherapists may stigmatise or feel unprepared to treat people with low back pain and psychosocial factors that influence recovery: a systematic review
  • Kamper et al., (2017) What Do Patients with Chronic Spinal Pain Expect from Their Physiotherapist?

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