Nelson Bay Netball Sponsors

Scott recently conducted an online session followed by a practical demonstration of the Netball Knee program for Nelson Bay Netball Coaches. Scott has been using some of his knowledge from his current work with Netball NSW and as an endorsed provider of the Netball Australia Knee Program to help local netballers stay on court and prevent lower limb injuries. This furthers Nelson Bay Physiotherapy’s commitment to injury prevention locally after previous work with Nelson Bay Football Club. We are proud of our association with a great local sporting club, and would like to thank Nelson Bay Netball Association for their involvement in this cause. Go Nelson Bay Netball!

NRL and A-League Physio Joins Nelson Bay Physio

We are thrilled to announce that Ian Austin has joined Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre.

Ian offers a wealth of experience having worked in private practice for some 30 years and professional sport for 12 years.

Ian has worked in sports medicine and orthopaedic sports injury in Sydney for many years, as the principal physiotherapist and business owner for much of his work history.

Ian has been the Head Physiotherapist for the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL, the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League, and until the end of the 2020 A-League season with Perth Glory.

Ian is well placed to get you back on the field or keep you active, fit and well. He is looking forward to returning to the East Coast to spend more time near his family and enjoying a passion of sailing on the beautiful waters of Port Stephens. So why not attend to the niggle and get yourself moving. We’d love to help you and introduce you to Ian personally.

We pride ourselves on delivering quality service to our clients to assist their return to sport, return to work, active lifestyles and daily activities pain free. The experience within our team now provides education, diagnosis, injury treatment and prevention from physiotherapists with:

  • Postgraduate training
  • formal workplace training accreditation
  • Sports and Musculoskeletal Titling
  • Health Ergonomics Training
  • professional sports experience
  • University teaching experience
  • Level 3 Professional Pilates Instructor APMA
  • Dance and ballet experience
  • all staff previous/current business principals

Cycling Injuries & BikeFit Assessments

Cycling is a great form of exercise, especially for those who may not be able to walk or jog due to weight bearing problems such as osteoarthritis. However, cyclists are still commonly afflicted with repetitive strain injuries to the knee and hip in particular. Other injuries often seen and effectively managed with a bike fit can be neck pain and associated trapped nerves, wrist pain and numbness, and back pain.

When considering that cycling involves approx. 80 revolutions per minute it becomes evident that cyclists are prone to repetitive strain injuries. Having the bike setup correctly is vitally important to help lower the risk of injury.

A bike setup at Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre involves ensuring that one’s bike is fitted to the individual in order to reduce the risk of injury. Bike adjustments may need to be made to help settle the injury, this may result in a less aerodynamic position on the bike. Once the injury settles, then, and only then can we consider increasing the aerodynamics.

So what does a bike set up involve? We will take a careful history of the injury delving into your training mileage and lifestyle before assessing the injury itself and other variables such as leg strength, flexibility and posture. Following on from this we will get you set up on the turbo-trainer and take photographs and video clips of you on your bike. From these images we can take static and dynamic measurements of key angles that are known to contribute to common injuries. These can highlight issues with the height of the saddle, the handle bar height or frame size. Interestingly it often reveals odd glitches with the pedalling action which, over a one hours cycle ride equates to approx. 5400 revolutions…this is a lot of low level force that cumulatively may cause a cyclist knee pain.

It should be noted that the bike fit is tailored around you as a person and your injury, and not against a template which may be more suited to somebody wanting a more aerodynamic and power-generating position on the bike. An example of the complexity of this service is a person presenting with knee pain. Now the knee joint actually comprises 2 separate joints which behave almost in opposite ways, so if the person has pain coming from the hinge joint the seat height will be modified differently to the person who has an injury in the knee cap joint.

If you are a cyclist with a niggle of pain that just does not seem to be going away please get in touch to arrange a BikeFit assessment.

Written by: Austin Wiehahn

Austin Q & A Nelson Bay Physio

We are very pleased to announce the addition of another experienced physiotherapist to our team. Get to know more about Post-graduate trained Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Austin, in this Q & A video with Scott Ward of Nelson Bay Physiotherapy. Where has he come from? What does he enjoy? Why would seeing Austin be an excellent choice for your physiotherapy needs?

SALE: EOFY Footwear Walkout

EOFY Orthotic Footwear Walkout sale! Remaining Summer stock at markedly reduced prices. See photos and corresponding text below. Items wont last long, first in best dressed. Offer only on existing stock pictured. Does not apply to new orders.
Size 5 (5M/6W)- Black Wave Thong ($40, RRP $65), Khaki Wave Thong ($40, RRP $65), Pink Vionic Womens Islander Thong ($60, RRP $80)
Size 6 (6M, 7W)- Black Wave Thong ($40, RRP $65), Khaki Wave Thong ($40, RRP $65), Purple Sonoma Thong ($40, RRP $60), Purple Vionic Womens Islander Thong ($60, RRP $80).
Size 9 (9M, 10W)- Navy Wave Thong ($40, RRP $65), Grey Vionic Womens Islander Thong ($60, RRP $80)
Size 10- Leopard Vionic Womens Islander Thong ($60, RRP $80).
Size 8 and 10- Brown Vionic Mens Islander Thong ($60, RRP $80).
Size 39 (8) and 41 (9)- Blue Archline Thong ($25, RRP $40)
Size 12W/11M- Black Flip Flop Thong ($30, RRP $60)

Masters Finito

Scott has officially graduated and successfully attained Titling as an APA Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapist! He was also wrapped to earn Academic Excellence Awards for both years of study.

Scott is pleased to state that his days as a  ‘professional student‘ have come to an end ? and wishes to thank his staff, family and friends who have supported him through this time with their deeds, advice, and words of encouragement. Most of all he’d like to thank his wife, Lisa, who should also be congratulated on earning a Masters in juggling (cranky husband, whinging children, tonnes of work, dance school commitments and too many others to mention here). They got there! This was a team effort!  ?❤️ Yes, it also means Scott is back to business so be sure to check in with him soon and get yourself on track. 

Thank you- Finalists again

Thank you to all of you who so kindly nominated our business for the 2018 Port Stephens Business Awards. We were notified that we were picked as a finalist within our category following many nominations from our clients.

So again, thank you for the public recognition of the hard work that our team puts in each and everyday to deliver you the highest standard of care. Although we didn’t take out the award, our nomination as finalists is a great reward in itself.

Merry Christmas Everyone

We’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous start to the New Year. We also thought you’d enjoy some pictures from last nights Christmas Party. Fun had by all involved, thanks to a wonderful team, due reward for excellent work again this year. Yes, after last nights efforts, we’ll stick to physio!

We will be open Christmas Eve and throughout the Christmas period (excluding Public Holidays) with slightly altered hours, so if you need to, please don’t hesitate to call us on 4981 3461 to make an appointment.

Netball Australia Knee Program

Did you know Scott is a nationally endorsed provider of Netball Australia’s KNEE program?!

What is the KNEE program?

The KNEE program is a 10-12 minute warm up that prevents knee injuries, enhances performance and extends play.

The KNEE program provides:

· An evidence based warm up specifically tailored for netball players
· The potential to reduce the rate of lower limb injuries, particularly to the ACL that accounts for over 30% of netball injuries each year
· The potential to provide a solid foundation to develop skills where technique is maximised
· The potential to improve individual player performance by improving strength, landing technique, change of direction and deceleration
· The potential to provide the team with a competitive advantage. If there are less injuries, more players will be available for selection, leading to better overall team performance

So, for more information on the KNEE program and all netball related injuries, why not make an appointment to see our physiotherapists.


Hunter Academy of Sport

Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) to provide physiotherapy services to HAS athletes from the Port Stephens region.

HAS is currently running various successful talent development programs and caters for approximately 300 athletes (majority attending high schools).

Academy staff, sports and health consultants, and program coaches and coordinators take great pride in delivering top quality programs focusing on skill progression, high level quality coaching, education and technical support.

The Academy works closely with State Sporting Organisations (SSO’s) to ensure that the needs of our talented young athletes are met and sporting pathways are developed.

Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre will provide assessment intervention to direct athletes, their coaches and other involved staff around injury timeframes, training loads and appropriate rehabilitation interventions.

EXOS Bracing- New Technology

We are proud to announce that we are suppliers of the great new technology brought to us by EXOS and DJO Global for the management of upper limb fractures and limb injuries. The EXOS range supercedes the use of a cast with a product that is light, strong, removable, remoldable, waterproof and cost effective. The cast that you won’t mind having. Learn more about this product by clicking here. Should the unfortunate circumstance arrive where someone you know has an upper limb fracture you know where to go. We can fit them straight away, adjust them as swelling changes and it’s as simple as taking it off to have an X-Ray and then putting it back on again.



Sleep: Reduce Injury and Improve Performance

Mick Hughes (Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist), has published a great blog summarising some of the effects of sleep on the body. An interesting read for all on a topic that is underestimated for it’s effects on injury and performance. Thanks Mick.

If your not happy with your pillow and are finding it hard to find the right one for you, come and see us. We stock and recommend a completely adjustable pillow. What a concept, so why not sleep with something that you can adjust to find the right shape and comfort for you.

Mulligans Mobilisation

Nicole attended a very interesting course down in Sydney in early June. The course was based on manual manipulation of the upper quadrant, founded by a New Zealand Physiotherapist Brian Mulligan. The underlying premise of the technique is explained by looking at the mechanics of a healthy verse unhealthy joint. A healthy joint has a normal axis of movement, produces no extra load on surrounding tissues, and is therefore able to achieve full range of motion pain free. An unhealthy joint has a positional fault which results in an abnormal axis of movement, this produces abnormal stress on tissues, which causes pain and limitation of movement. With the Mulligan technique we aim to restore normal alignment and axis of movement in a “faulty/ painful” joint to reduce stress on surrounding tissues and therefore restore full range of movement. The technique is pain free and produces immediate and long lasting changes to your pain and range of movement. Additionally we are able to provide you with exercise and taping methods at home to compliment restoring correct alignment of your joint to aid in your rehabilitation.

Ergonomics in The Office

Physiotherapist Sarah Mahoney got tired of treating upper limb symptoms from computer users who responded to treatment onto find symptoms returned when office work resumed. After completing many ergonomic assessments through her firm The Good Use Company, Sarah identified that the interaction of keyboard and paperwork simultaneously was putting staff in a reach/twist posture. Her solution was the Microdesk, a writing platform for keyboard work.

The Microdesk provides a sturdy, elevated, adjustable surface that sits between a user’s keyboard and monitor allowing them to maintain a neutral posture while at their computer. This means they no longer have to reach over paperwork to type or twist to the side of their keyboard to take notes.

Contact Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre if you are interested in ordering one through us and we can arrange the delivery for you.

Source: APA InMotion July 2016

Physiotherapy is Not a Luxury

Physiotherapy is vital for health and wellbeing of the Australian community. It enables countless Australians to have quality of life.

Yet despite the evidence of its benefits, physiotherapy is treated as a luxury item. It remains out of reach to many Australians who need it most, including people living with chronic conditions and many Australians who do not have private health insurance.

The APA believes all Australians should have equal access to safe, high-quality physiotherapy. It will bring improved health outcomes, lead to cost saving and make Australia’s healthcare system first class as it should be.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has been lobbying for improved access to Physiotherapy for all Australians. We encourage all Australians to support this campaign. The campaign commenced during the Federal Election campaign and continues today. Feel free to write to your local member pushing for improved access across the community.


Spring Free Trampolines

Imagine bringing home the benefits of therapy while having fun! From sensory stimulation, balance and motor development to encouraging socialisation and family bonding; the benefits of bouncing are well documented.

At Springfree® Trampoline we believe that every child should have the opportunity to harness the benefits of bouncing – in the safest possible way! We are proud to be partnering with Nelson Bay Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre and thank them for supporting our goal of reducing the number of trampoline related injuries one backyard at a time.

Fun for kids and peace of mind for mums and dads

Redesigned from the ground up, Springfree is the only trampoline that has successfully removed all the impact areas and hazards seen in traditional trampoline and replaced them safe alternatives, reducing the risk of product related injury by 90%. And that’s why Springfree is the world’s safest trampoline.

Why Support the Partnership?

The benefits of Springfree Trampoline’s Health Professionals Program are threefold. For Nelson Bay Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre it means funds to assist them in providing support to their community.

For your child, the trampoline is a therapeutic tool that is also fun! With the coolest, most enjoyable activity around they won’t even realise that it’s therapy in disguise.

And for you, a Springfree Trampoline means peace of mind. You know your child is safe while they jump, and that the premium quality of a Springfree will support their development and wellbeing long into the future … and you just can’t beat those big smiles on their little faces!

If you’re thinking of a Springfree Trampoline for your family, be sure to quote ORGP107 when you make your purchase.

Top Quality Physiotherapy Practice

Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre has been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP).

QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation organisation, dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations including physiotherapy practices, diagnostic imaging services, dental practices and community services.

“Accreditation is a major achievement and a clear demonstration that Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is committed to providing Port Stephens with access to high quality health services,” Mr Gary Smith, Chair of QIP, said today.

“Striving to continually improve how you support your patients to get the best health outcomes should be commended, and QIP congratulates Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre on reaching this benchmark”, he said.

QIP accreditation is based on national standards that are set by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). The APA is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients.

To achieve an endorsement of accreditation, Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre has demonstrated that they meet all requirements of the APA Standards.

Scott Ward said accreditation was attained through cooperation, commitment and communication amongst staff members.

“Everyone in the practice played a valuable role in ensuring we met the Standards. The recognition of working in an accredited practice gives our dedicated staff a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

“Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is proud to display the QIP accredited symbol at our practice.

“We want to communicate to our clients that their well-being is our priority. QIP accreditation shows we are committed to providing quality care based on professional Standards,” said Scott Ward

Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre , located at 210 Salamander Way, Salamander Bay (opposite Tomaree Aquatic Centre), offers a range of physiotherapy services.

Contact: Lyndal or Clare today on 4981 3461

For further information on QIP, please visit