Growing pains

Growing Pains – Osgood-Schlatter and Sever’s Disease

Irritation of the growth plates in young athletes are relatively common and can be quite irritating for the eager athlete. The two most common in Australia is the top of the shin bone, just below the knee, called Osgood-Schlatter disease and where the Achilles’ tendon attaches to the heel called Sever’s disease. Both of these conditions are considered overuse injuries caused by exceeding the pressure the tissues can comfortably tolerate. Why the growth plates? Growth plates are made of cartilageMore
Ricer No Harm Peace Love

RICER or PEACE and LOVE for Acute Soft Tissue Injuries

Treatment of soft tissue injuries including muscle, ligament and tendon has always attracted a lot of attention; and a lot of ice packs! Recent research has shown that there may be a better way to look after these injuries. You may remember RICER (rest, ice, compression, elevation and referral) and No HARM (no -heat, -alcohol, -re-injury and -massage). RICER is still a good tool to use, but it has got a bit of an update and a bit of aMore

The Friendlies 8th annual Awards Evening

The Friendlies was proud to recognise the hard work of people within the organisation at the eighth annual Friendlies Awards Evening, on Friday, March 12. Close to 300 people attended the annual event that acknowledged the excellent work of many across the organisation from the hospital, pharmacy and physiotherapy and allied health. The Friendlies awards night recognised the years of service staff have worked from 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years. In addition, there were 27 individual andMore
Dr Michael Gruchy

Dr Michael Gruchy

In the fifties and sixties, if you mentioned The Friendlies Doctors in Bundaberg, everyone would know exactly who you were talking about. It came about in the early fifties when the General Committee decided to set up its own GP clinic.  But to offer the service The Friendlies had to source suitable doctors willing to work on contract.  At the time the AMA was strongly opposed to allowing salaried doctors, as opposed to independent fee for service doctors, so theMore