Hernia Talk

No matter what age you are, or what you do for work, it is almost guaranteed that either you or someone you know would have had experience with a Hernia. 40,000 people have hernias repaired every year in Australia through surgery, and your physiotherapist is vital in recovery.

What is a hernia?

A Hernia is generally a tear in the muscle wall towards the lower part of the abdomen. This can sometimes mean part of the intestines or even fat tissue can poke through causing a bulge. The seriousness of the injury can increase if the intestine or other tissue becomes trapped, and cuts off its own blood supply. This will usually cause a great deal of pain, and will require emergency surgery.

How do hernias happen?

Hernias are a result of excessive pressure on the muscle wall from behind the abdominal or groin muscles. This can be due to excessive twisting or straining, and in some case be the “last straw” of overuse where the body isn’t given enough time to rest, and recover.

Who is most likely to experience a hernia?

> Anyone working in a highly physical job, that requires labour or repetitive movements like twisting
> Pregnant women
> Overweight individuals
> The elderly
> People who have recently had abdominal surgery, but fail to seek appropriate support from their physiotherapist (this is because the abdominal wall that was originally weak, is now weaker post-surgery).

Where does my physiotherapist come in?

The most effective form of treatment for hernia is surgery. This means that in most cases, your doctor will recommend “going under the knife” to have it fixed. Post-surgery, the abdominal wall and surrounding muscles will be even weaker than before, and so your chances of re-injury (getting another hernia) are extremely high as well as your body being out of action for several weeks post-surgery.

It is essential that your physiotherapist is involved in your recovery. They will assess your current range of movement, pain thresholds and create an exercise plan for your rehabilitation. They will check in with you to monitor your progress and ensure you are improving the way you are meant to. Their influence in your recovery and quality of life post-hernia cannot be understated.

At Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, email info@progressiverehab.com.au or book your next appointment online, here.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

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, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.