Runner Lacing Up with Achilles Pain

Achilles Tendon Myths

Achilles Tendinopathy is typically a result of excessive strain on the tendon or sudden increases in physical activity. It is seen in 25% of professional athletes and affects approximately 15% of recreational runners. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding its causes, treatment, and management. This blog post aims to debunk some of the Achilles Tendon Myths and provide evidence-based information to help individuals better understand Achilles tendinopathy.
Calf Muscle Stretch On Step

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is the common name for a condition called calcaneal apophysitis. It is a very common condition affecting children/adolescents between the ages of 8-14 and is more common in boys than girls. This injury tends to be more prevalent in sports that involve repetitive activities including running and jumping.
Spine Bending

Scoliosis Physio

Scoliosis is a condition characterised by an abnormal lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine. It can occur in children and adults, but it is most commonly identified in adolescents. The curvature can vary in degree, and in some cases, it may be accompanied by a rotation of the spine, leading to a more complex three-dimensional deformity. Scoliosis affects 3% of the population and is more prevalent in females. The severity of the condition ranges from mild to quite severe.
Achilles Pain

Achilles Pain

Achilles Pain is a common complaint affecting large numbers of people in the community. The most common injury encountered is termed Achilles Tendinopathy. An overuse injury that involves a range of pathological alterations in the Achilles tendon, often resulting from prolonged overuse and chronic excessive strain on the tendon. This condition is observed in both athletes and non-athletes and may occur with or without an accompanying Achilles tendon tear. Reduced flexibility or stiffness in the Achilles tendon can heighten the risk of such injuries.
Runner at Sunshine Coast Marathon

Running Physio

Running is an excellent activity that offers numerous health benefits. Not only does it help with cardiovascular fitness, it also is great for building soft tissue strength, bone density and has huge benefits for mental health. Running also has great community engagement and therefore has great social interactions whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned competitor.
Tendon Pain Gold Coast

Tendon Pain

Tendinopathy is a condition that affects many tendons in the body and often leads to extensive tendon pain. People who participate in activities that require repetitive high-level loads including running and jumping, gripping with force and heavy lifting often experience tendinopathy related pain. Managing Tendon pain is bread and butter for the Physiotherapists at Robina Physio on the Gold Coast and receive expert care.
Neck Pain Physio

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a prevalent condition that can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. With the help of a skilled physiotherapist, like those at Robina Physio on the Gold Coast you can implement a personalised treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms, improve mobility, and prevent future occurrences of neck pain.
Tennis Elbow Tendon Pain

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is characterised by pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow and forearm. This condition is usually caused by overuse of the lateral forearm tendons, resulting in small tears within the tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone (upper arm). Tennis elbow can be debilitating and painful, and can affect everyday activities that involve gripping and lifting.
Dry Needling QL

Dry Needling & Acupuncture

The effectiveness of western acupuncture and dry needling is seen every day in clinic, so it’s good to see the growing evidence for its use. In the past year since Leigh McCutcheon of Robina Physio on the Gold Coast and Dr Wayne Hing of Bond University on the Gold Coast collaboratively wrote Physio ‘dry needling’ and acupuncture – what’s the difference and what does the evidence say? for The Conversation, almost 400 RCTs in dry needling have been published and almost ten fold of that for acupuncture directly influencing clinical practice and associated outcomes.
Hamstring Strains Soccer

Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains have a very high recurrence at the beginning of a sporting season on the Gold Coast. In athletic populations hamstring strains account for over 15% of all injuries, with re-injury rates being reported between 12-63% in some studies.
TMJ Physio Gold Coast

TMJ Physio

The next part of the Robina Physio blog series is about Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction and TMJ Physio. This complex joint is crucial for daily tasks such as breathing, eating, drinking and speaking… so I guess you could say it is a pretty important joint. For much of our lives we don’t ever consider its importance, until something goes wrong and we start to get TMJ dysfunction and pain.
Headache Physio Robina

Headache Physio

Headaches are among the most common disorders involving the nervous system. They are so prevalent that it is estimated that over half of the adult population will have a headache in their lifetime. Although these numbers are likely much higher as headache disorders have been widely underestimated, under-recognised and under-treated around the world.
Osgood-Schlatters Robina Physio

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease (OSD) is a common cause of anterior knee pain in adolescents and young adults who are still skeletally immature. OSD usually develops during adolescence between ages 10 to 15 years for males and 8 to 13 years for females. It is more common in boys than in girls and it often presents during significant growth spurts.
Hamstring Strains

Hamstring Tears

Hamstring tears and strains are incredibly common injuries. In athletic populations they account for over 15% of all injuries, with re-injury rates being reported between 12-63% in some studies. The Hamstring is made up of the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus.

Core Strengthening Program

So many of us want that super strong core but struggle to find the time for a core strengthening program, including me. Well today you're in luck because I have developed and willing to share an excellent core program I have developed to achieve a killer core in minimal time, and I use it myself. The purpose of this core program is build an incredibly strong and functional core not just that elusive 6 pack.
Exercise After COVID

Exercise After COVID Pt 2 (April 2022 update)

Australia is making its way through another COVID-19 wave. Here I will provide a new infographic from the British Journal of Sport Medicine which provides some further insight in how to return to exercise after COVID-19 infection. This should be extra helpful for those that may be recovering a bit slower or perhaps in a vulnerable or elderly population.
Ergonomic Office

Office Ergonomics

Over the past few years so many of us have shifted our work space from an office building to working from home, at least part of the time.  And that usually involves finding a workspace that works.  The problem is that without a good set-up, we are more prone to pain and injury.
Run After COVID

Exercise After COVID

With the recent influx of the virus I have treated many patients who contracted COVID, thankfully recovered well and now looking to get back into the normal activities/exercises they performed pre-COVID. The majority of these people have been surprised by how hard it has been for them to get back into exercise after COVID. Interestingly, this complaint is occurring consistently despite illness severity and is affecting people who suffered both mild and moderate to severe symptoms.
Running Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

A well thought out and structured plan won’t stop every injury but it can certainly help prevent injury occurrence and hopefully severity. Stressors on connective tissues such as muscle, tendon, ligament and bones are what we focus on managing. This is even more important when returning from injury because people that have had a recent injury have a noticeably increased risk of injury the same or a different body part again.
SMART Goal Setting

SMART Goal Setting

At Robina Physio on the Gold Coast we tend to see some new injuries appearing that are related to people’s new goals and taking up activities their body is not yet accustomed to e.g. going the gym or starting running. So, the purpose of this blog is to help give you some tips for setting effective SMART goals helping you stick it out and achieve your goals and finally some important ways to minimise the risk of injury.
Happy Baby Smiling


Mastitis is a very common complaint in breastfeeding women, occurring in at least 1 in 10 women. Despite mastitis being so common few people understand why it occurs, the warning signs to look out for and how to best treat it. Mastitis is characterised by inflammation of the breast tissue.
Runner Lacing Up with Achilles Pain

Shin Splints

Shin pain while running can be a common and frustrating issue for all runners ranging from the causal/recreational runner, to the elite athlete. Shin pain can be felt in two distinct regions. Firstly, the “anterior” portion of the tibia which can often be related to a muscular origin. Secondly, “medial” shin pain along the inside border of the tibia is due to inflammation the periosteum (periostitis) which lines the outside of our bones. Clinically this condition is called medial tibial stress syndrome, but it is often called shin splints.
Foot Anatomy

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that affects millions of people each year. In fact, it is the leading cause of heel pain around the world. Despite this condition being so common few people understand what it actually is. At Robina Physio we excel at treating this condition and we hope this information helps empower your recovery.
Exercise at the beach


Exercising and being physically active is essential for good mental and physical health and wellbeing. It reduces the risk of many diseases, including some cancers, and helps maintain a healthy weight. It is possible for everyone to take control of their activity levels in many cheap and easy ways. At Robina Physio on the Gold Coast we can help you get started in a safe and effective manner.
Knee Anatomy Robina Physio

Knee Pain (Patellofemoral)

Knee pain is a very common complaint that can affect people of all ages and fitness levels. Knee pain can be the result of an acute injury such as a fracture, ligament or meniscus tear. It can also be related to chronic conditions like arthritis, gout, tendinopathies or from patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Lower Back Pain

Back Pain is a very common condition that will affect between 70-90% of the population at some point of their life. It may come as a surprise that back pain is also the 2nd leading cause of disease burden in Australia, where 2 in 5 people report that back pain moderately interfered with daily activities.