Get to the Root of your Back Pain!

Did you know that 16% of Australians suffer from back pain day to day? The chronic and widespread nature of back problems often lead to poorer quality of life, psychological distress, bodily pain and disability. We are here to tell you that lower back pain doesn’t have to take over your life!

Back problems increase with age and can have many causes. Your back is a complex system of vertebrae, discs, nerves ligaments, tendons and muscles. It keeps you upright, helps you walk and gives you an amazing range of movement and strength. 

Pain medication is not the only answer and provides only temporary relief for your lower back pain. When you come into Progressive Physio, we will get to know your history and take you through an assessment process to get to the root of your pain. 

An accurate assessment of your back pain is key to getting the right treatment and finding long term relief for you! Analgesics and painkillers are commonly used to manage back pain, temporarily, but can come with complications. At Progressive, once your physiotherapist has an accurate picture of your condition they will:

  • Talk to you about the best treatment options
  • Create a personalised rehabilitation program
  • Suggest exercises for you to do at home
  • Give you strategies to manage and minimise your pain.

Hands-on physiotherapists are often the best starting point to ease your lower back pain and will help you with long term results. Progressive will educate you and be by your side every step of the way through your rehabilitation in managing your lower back pain. 

Don’t wait to get help from an experienced physiotherapist to get to the source of your pain and recommend the best treatment options that will bring you long term relief. Talk to your local physiotherapist today! 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.