Welcome to PhysioCare Wangaratta. We have been providing Physiotherapy services to Wangaratta and surrounding Communities since 2003.
Australian physiotherapists are registered health care professionals with university qualifications. They are required to undertake continuing education and hours of practice to maintain their qualifications.
We have experienced physiotherapists who can assess and treat many problems including:
PhysioCare Wangaratta provides accessible physiotherapy services to residents of Wangaratta and the surrounding region.
Our skilled rural Practitioners are familiar with the needs of clients who live in rural communities, providing professional, evidence based, high quality, consistent and reliable services in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We maintain strong multidisciplinary links with other health practitioners both locally and in metropolitan centres enabling us to provide a wholistic approach to the health of our clients.
Senior Physiotherapist (Practice Principal)
Barb graduated from LaTrobe University in 1996 and worked in various public and private hospital settings. She opened PhysioCare Wangaratta in 2003 moving to the current rooms and expanding the practice in 2005.
Prior to working as a physiotherapist, Barb was a critical care nurse based in St Vincents Hospital for 8 years.
Her special interests are hand therapy, including wound management and shoulder therapy and post operative rehabilitation. She also enjoys management of headaches, sports injuries and spinal management and continues to build her skills in Occupational Physiotherapy for compensable clients.
With over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist, Lia has worked in a number of areas including public hospital, clinical and management roles, aged care, intellectual disability services and paediatrics, chronic pain as well as general musculoskeletal therapy. She has been working with PhysioCare Wangaratta since 2007.
Lia has a special interest in the areas of lymphoedema, paediatrics and perinatal care. She is a fully qualified Lymphoedema Practitioner and is listed on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register.
Lia has completed the internationally recognised K1 & K2 course in kinesiotaping and is fully qualified in the use of this product. Kinesiotape can be used to promote muscular, joint and circulatory function. It is proving to be a great way to manage swelling, bruising and scar tissue, as well as manage problems with muscle imbalance leading to quicker recovery times.
We provide assessment, diagnosis and management of hand injuries.
Whether you have been injured at home, work or playing sport we can help you.
We can assess and diagnose your hand injury and order xrays if necessary.
If you need medical management we will talk to your Doctor as required to organise further care.
Do you suffer with the pain?
Do you have difficulty with daily tasks such as turning taps and opening jars?
Northeast Hand Therapy can help you by:
So many times we hear of young fit people who suffer permanent hand injuries that lead to chronic pain and arthritis.
Many people think that finger injuries are part of the game and they can be ignored.
Don’t leave your hand injury untreated
Often the treatment is simple and you can be back on track in no time.
We can supply or build finger or hand guards so that you can continue to play sport even while you recover from your injury – (this always depends on the severity of injury).
A mallet finger occurs when the small tendon on the top of the finger is pulled away from the bone.
This injury mostly occurs when the finger is hit on the tip by a ball.
Usually there is a small break in the bone but sometimes the tendon is ruptured.
The injury causes the tip of the finger to droop and the end of the finger cannot be extended.
These injuries can be treated simply but should be assessed to determine the type and severity of injury.
With the correct management this injury will fully heal.
What if I don’t have it treated ?
Your finger will most likely never recover and your finger will droop and not extend for the rest of your life.
Can I play sport during my recovery phase ?
Yes you can unless the injury is too severe. This would need to be decided when your finger is assessed.
This injury occurs when the tendon that bends the end of the finger is pulled away from the bone.
It often happens when a player grabs a jumper during the game and the opponent pulls away.
If you have this injury you will not be able to curl your finger into your palm.
This type of injury is treated with surgery and requires physiotherapy afterwards.
If you leave this injury the surgery to repair it may be more extensive so it is important to have it assessed and managed early.
Finger dislocation is often treated as a minor injury on the court.
Unfortunately it is often associated with a break in the bone or a rupture of the tissues surrounding the joint.
Fingers should never be pulled back into joint on the court as this may worsen the injury.
Often the type of injury that occurs will cause the finger to be unstable and redislocate .
Treatment is often simple and a guard can be worn during recovery with minimal disruption to sporting activity however sometimes the injury can be serious.
These injuries should always be assessed by a health professional.
Poor management of this injury may lead to chronic joint instability and or osteoarthritis.
What will physio do for me ?
Physiotherapy focuses on the restoration of normal painfree movement.
Of course this is not always possible and at times we must help you to move more freely and with less pain and to learn how to manage day to day life in a happier and more comfortable way.
This may also be necessary during rehabilitation from injury or surgery with your ultimate goal being restoration to a full active painfree lifestyle
Physiotherapists help people gain as much movement and physical independence as possible so they can resume their normal job or lifestyle.
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems. Physiotherapists also help people avoid injuries and maintain a fit, healthy body.
The staff of PhysioCare Wangaratta maintain close links with other health professionals within the local community and with specialist medical consultants and therapists in Melbourne and Sydney. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to your healthcare needs. If we feel that you need input from another professional we will advise you and take steps to arrange further assessment and management of your needs.
We are registered to provide therapy for clients for the following compensable bodies: