Common Misconceptions about Injury and Movement

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Physiotherapists hear some interesting things! We take our role as Health Educators seriously at Physio Inq Engadine, so here we’ll talk about some common misconceptions when it comes to injury and movement. Coming from evidence-based practice: Is running bad for your joints? Does imaging always show the source of symptoms? Can cortisone injection cause tissue deterioration and loss of tissue function? Is Physiotherapy only beneficial for acute injury? 

Fact or fiction: running is bad for your joints?  


Improved joint health has been associated with runners. 

Joints in the lower limb are designed to move and absorb/transfer force. 

Running is a source of safe impact loading for joints on the lower limbs to help improve versatility.  

However, the duration and intensity of running is individual. Not every person can deal with the same stresses, particularly those recovering from injury. 

Fact or fiction: imaging will always show the source of symptoms? 


High quality studies show that similar imaging findings can be seen in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.  

This is particularly present in chronic pain patients, commonly amongst those with back pain. 

However, this doesn’t mean imaging isn’t beneficial. Imaging is very useful in acute injury cases, and can be used as a patient educational tool. 

Fact or fiction: Cortisone injection can cause tissue deterioration and loss of tissue function? 


Cortisone injection can have many side effects, such as cartilage deterioration, bone deterioration, tendon and muscle weakening.  

Cortisone should be used sparingly and never as a first point of management. 

However, this doesn’t mean cortisone can’t be beneficial. It can be handy in cases when physiotherapy management for pain and function hasn’t had the desired outcome.

Fact or fiction: Physiotherapy is only beneficial for acute injury?


Physiotherapists are injury rehabilitation specialists, and can be beneficial for not only acute and subacute settings, but also chronic cases. 

Physiotherapists are also great at designing exercise regimes to help improve performance and movement efficiency. 

Physiotherapists are great at educating and providing strategies to help a patient self-manage their recovery.  

At Physio Inq Engadine we treat everyone as an individual, and apply our expertise on a case by case basis based on your unique situations. We pride ourselves on it! Come and speak to us about your burning Health Education questions, or book online [] today.

Physio Inq Written on behalf of Physio Inq Engadine

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