chronic pain management physiotherapist
Tracy Wallwork completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and worked as a general physiotherapist in large teaching hospital interstate and overseas. She then completed a postgraduate diploma in Manipulative and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 1989. Since then, she has worked in private practice treating a broad range of patients with sport injuries, hip and shoulder pain, soft tissue injuries, neck pain, headaches and low back pain.
Tracy completed a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 in the study of chronic low back pain and the physiotherapy management of it. She has carried out a research study investigating the effect of chronic back pain on the spinal muscles. She has published these findings in physiotherapy journals. As part of her research she has trained in the use of real-time ultrasound to assess, treat and teach spinal muscle control.
She has also worked part time as a senior physiotherapist in the Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospital Pain Medicine Unit as part of a multidisciplinary team, including an Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologists and Pain Specialists. The focus of the teams are to educate and help patients to use self management skills to improve pain and their quality of life.
She has a special interest in treating persistent or recurring musculoskeletal problems. As no one back, neck or shoulder problem is the same, detailed assessments enable specific problems that are contributing to ongoing pain and reduced activity, to be targeted, and treatment and exercise programmes can be tailored to specific problems and particular needs ie work, lifestyle, and sports. A treatment programme is designed according to specific patient needs and this may include muscle control retraining using real-time ultrasound, strengthening and stretching exercises, posture and specific movement retraining and advice regarding work, lifestyle and sporting activities.
Having four children Tracy has become an expert spectator of a myriad of sports including horse riding, rowing, water polo, surf life saving, karate, football, rugby and tennis. In between spectating she enjoys bike riding, swimming and kayaking. She enjoys taking part in events such as the Avon Descent, The Blackwood Marathon and the Bay to Beach Race.
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