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Hip Clinic Services

Dr Alison Grimaldi and her team at Physiotec have provided services for large numbers of clients with hip and groin pain for over 10 years here in Tarragindi. Management of these conditions is an area of special interest and expertise for our clinic, due to Alison’s passion, research and high level of skills in managing these problems. Alison has over 25 years of clinical experience and a number of degrees, has published many peer reviewed papers in scientific journals and continues her research interests in this area as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. All Physiotec physiotherapy staff have been trained by Dr Grimaldi and have high levels of skills to treat the large number of clients who visit Physiotec with hip, pelvic and groin pain.

What makes our Hip Clinic & FAST TRACK REHAB Hip & Groin PROGRAM different?

  • Developed by Dr Alison Grimaldi, based on latest evidence and over 25 years of clinical experience in the field
  • Specific outcomes measures are used to give you a clear indication of where you are now and where you need to go for recovery
  • Specific advice provided on what to do and what to avoid, based on a deeper understanding of hip and groin conditions
  • An exercise program tailored to your individual needs to speed and optimise your outcome
  • Our own professionally recorded exercise videos available via a free app,  Physitrack
  • Remote access services – check ups via skype if required and regular feedback available via the Physitrack app.

At Physiotec we use a systematic assessment procedure, informed by scientific evidence, to look closely at your problem and ascertain your key impairments (problematic areas or weaknesses) and drivers (issues that may be driving your problem such as postural and movement habits, patterns of muscle function etc). From this detailed assessment, we can develop for you a tailored management plan. So often patients we see who have failed previous rehabilitation have been provided a generic ‘one size fits all’ program. The hip and groin are such complex areas, no single program can address the many different issues that can arise. Furthermore, many programs fail to consider the complexities of muscle function – often strength alone is considered. While strength is an important component of musculoskeletal health, there are many other facets of function that may be suboptimal and will not be adequately addressed with a general strength-only approach.

Hip Pain Image showing x-ray to the hip

FastTrack Rehab Hip & Groin Program

At Physiotec, we design programs that aim to achieve best outcomes for each individual with hip, groin and pelvic pain. Our programs are:

  • individualised to address each person’s specific issues (e.g. particular areas of weakness, certain postural or movement habits, reduced or excessive flexibility)
  • based on the latest research evidence
  • informed by a wealth of clinical experience in this field
  • designed by Dr Alison Grimaldi, expert physiotherapist, researcher and educator

Following a detailed assessment and establishment of key personal goals, measures for reassessment to track progress and development of the first stages of your home program, your physiotherapist may recommend you join our Hip Program to Fast Track your Rehab. The program is offered in 6 week blocks, where you attend 1-2 supervised exercise classes per week. These classes are station based classes, which means you will perform exercises at a number of stations. The exercises performed at each station will be specific for your individual needs. You will also receive a 15minute one-on-one brief check-up before or after one of your classes each week. This is your time to ask any specific questions, alert the physio to any difficulties you are having and for the physio to update your home program, to ensure you progress at as fast a rate as possible.

Prior to each 6 week block, goals will be set to improve specific issues related to your pain or functional difficulties (e.g goals to improve muscle strength or function, range of motion, balance etc). The program includes an individual 30 minute physiotherapy reassessment session on completion of each 6 week block, to retest key issues that were measured prior to commencement. If there are further goals to be achieved, you and your physiotherapist can set new goals for another block or you may now feel confident to continue your exercise program at home with intermittent physiotherapy check-ups.

Once your assessments and early programming is complete, you can enter the Fast Track to recovery! Most people joining our classes require 1-3 individual sessions to ensure they are competent in performance of their program and to familiarise with the individual exercises that will be completed as part of the supervised classes.

The programs are run as 6-week blocks with a 30-minute review on completion. There are a number of options for program completion ranging from individual supervised exercise, to group classes (exercises tailored for you but in a group environment), or home exercise with intermittent face to face or skype review. With any of these options, you are also welcome to attend additional physiotherapy sessions for hands-on treatment as required.

Fast Track Hip & Groin Pain Class Times for 2019

Tuesday 8.30am
Wednesday 11.30am
Thursday 6pm
Friday 2.30pm

If these class times don't suit, don't delay your recovery, get started with individual physiotherapy sessions and a home program and register your interest in a class on another time and day.
We will look for others interested in a similar time.


How To Get Started

Want to get your hip and groin pain rehabilitation on the Fast Track?
Ring today for your Assessment with any of our highly qualified staff on 3342 4284

Or email reception@physiotec.com.au

Just ring the clinic on 3342 4284 or email reception@physiotec.com.au and make an appointment with one of our staff.  Dr Alison Grimaldi is also available for assessments on a consultancy basis for those who are concerned that their doctors have been unable to provide a clear diagnosis or you have been through many failed treatments before and would prefer to have an assessment with Alison before moving forward with treatment. As Alison’s time is limited in the clinic due to other teaching and research commitments, Alison will usually not be providing your regular ongoing care. After her assessment, she will be able to either refer you into the Fast Track Rehab program or to one of our highly skilled team for further individual treatment. Alison will be closely involved with monitoring patient's progress in the Fast Track Rehab programs and will be available for intermittent reviews as required. Alison also has regular meetings with each staff member for patient progress reports and individual and group mentoring to keep all staff up to date.