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Elizabeth Orr

Having worked predominantly in private practice since graduating, I have co-owned/operated three practices in New Zealand with my Physio husband.  Additionally we have worked as Physios in the United States (New Orleans) and again in Canada (British Columbia), our home being Gladstone since 2005.  It is here that I opened my fourth practice ‘Elizabeth Orr – Physiotherapy and Acupuncture’ in 2008, operating as my kids grew in a part time, and now full time more

Plantar Faciitis

“Pain with your first steps of a morning?” The plantar fascia is a thickened fibrous aponeurosis originating from the calcaneus running toward the five metatarsal heads and splitting into five bands of sheath for each digit. Generally, it is split into three parts; medial, central and lateral bands. The central band is most commonly involved in this condition even though it is the thickest and strongest section. In a normal working foot, the plantar fasciaread more

Long Thoracic Nerve Injury

Do you have a winging scapula? Has physio tried to correct your posture with no improvement? You may have a Long Thoracic Nerve Injury. The long thoracic nerve arises from the lower part of your neck, and supplies to serratus anterior muscle. The serratus anterior muscle is very important in controlling your shoulder blade position, and thus the function of your shoulder. Damage to this nerve may occur from trauma in the neck or shoulderread more

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Have you noticed 1 or more of your fingers have become bent and you are unable to straighten it? You may have a Dupuytren contracture. A nodule may have developed over the past months or years, and is now causing your finger to bend. If it is now affecting daily life when gripping or trying to use your hand, a physiotherapist can help to maintain range of motion, strength and function of your hand. Dupuytrenread more


Are you experiencing widespread heightened pain and fatigue? Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by multiple symptoms. The primary symptom is widespread heightened pain in multiple regions of the body. It is believed that fibromyalgia amplifies your pain receptors via the mechanism that your brain receives these messages. Interestingly women are more commonly affected than men. Commonly affected areas include the neck with tension headaches, alongside the jaw region with TMJ disorders. The trigger ofread more

Cauda Equina

Are you experiencing altered sensation, or severe or progressive weakness or numbness in the lower extremities, urinary or bowel incontinence, lower back pain and sharp stubbing pain in the leg? Cauda Equina Syndrome is caused by the compression of nerves in the lumbar spine and a narrowing of the spinal canal. If you are experiencing symptoms such as altered sensation, weakness, numbness in the lower extremities, together with urinary or bowel incontinence and lower backread more

Disc prolapses

“Bending based back pain?” Lower back pain is the leading cause of lost work productivity each year in Western society. Over a lifetime the incidence of lower back pain is estimated at well over 50%, with a yearly incidence estimated at around 5%. Of new presenting patients to medical professionals, around 15% are reported to be for lower back pain. The intervertebral disc is reported to be a more frequent cause of lower back painread more

De Quervain’s

The most common injury to occur at your thumb is called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. A tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the fluid within a sheath that surrounds a tendon. This tendon normally glides up and down the sheath as you use that muscle. With overuse, however, the fluid that surrounds the tendon can become inflamed and thickened. This causes repetitive friction with the tendon resulting in irritation and pain with use. At the thumb, thisread more

Colles’ Fracture

One of the most common forms of upper limb fracture is a Colles’ fracture. This occurs at the wrist and is very common after a fall on an outstretched hand. At your wrist joint you have two bones from your forearm and multiple small bones in your hand. When you fall onto an outstretched hand very commonly the distal end of your radius bone is fractured. As a result of this your wrist can lookread more

Carpal Tunnel

Are you experiencing tingling or numbness in the middle of your hand and fingers especially during the night? You might have the carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common compressive neuropathy of the upper extremity, affecting 2% to 5% of the population, usually involving compression of the median nerve in the wrist region. The prevalence is higher in women than in men, and most commonly the disease onset occurs in theread more


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