I read with great concern just recently that Australia’s tradies were more likely to look after their tools, than their own health! 79% of them said they took good care of their tools compared to just 47% who said they took good care of their bodies.
Additionally, tradies are over represented in statistics for serious workplace injury.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association is right behind our tradies and supports initiatives to improve their health and workplace injury statistics.
Given the physical nature of a tradie’s work, it’s important that you go home safe, well and ready for action again the next day. To help you do this, these simple steps from the APA (which we strongly support) are something you should consider:
Back pain is a common problem that is predicted to affect up to 85% of the population at some stage in their lives. Although it can be debilitating, most can recover well if the right advice and strategies are in place. Often, the earlier you seek advice or treatment, the sooner you will get better.
Common causes of back pain include:
The shoulder is a complex ball and socket joint with more range of movement than any other joint in the body. It is therefore very susceptible to injury, particularly in sports or movements involving overhead, heavy or repetitive shoulder movements.
Knee injuries can occur traumatically (think of an ACL rupture or meniscal tear) to a blow to the knee (sport or workplace) or fall. Secondly knee injuries can occur over time, runners knee is pain under the kneecap which occurs in physically active people from a muscle imbalance. Both traumatic and slow onset injuries can be managed though physiotherapy.
One of the most common causes of acute ankle pain is rolling or twisting on the ankle awkwardly. This can result in tearing of one or more of the ligaments around the ankle, which can lead to acute pain, swelling, and a loss of stability around the ankle.
Another condition which can result in ankle pain is ankle tendinopathy. This can involve a gradual onset of pain, usually related to a change of activity or demands on the ankle. Common sources for tendon pain around the ankle include:
If you’d like to see one of our Physiotherapists for any of these problems, pain or injuries you can: