Tracy Wallwork

Pain physiotherapist with Masters in Physiotherapy.

Among our most experienced health professionals, Tracy Wallwork has spent over three decades working with people in pain. She completed a Masters degree focused on the application of movement for back pain.

Tracy has an unquenchable thirst for new knowledge and enjoys finding simple ways to explain complex medical concepts to her patients.

MY APPROACH

The team approach wins.

"I love working in multidisciplinary pain teams to find the most targeted solutions for every unique individual. It's difficult to imagine not working in a team; it has become part of my DNA."

My areas of expertise

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Chronic, complex back pain

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Specific spinal pain disorders

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Specialised movement practices

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Graded motor imagery

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Ultrasound muscle retraining

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Prehab & rehabilitation

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Pacing skills

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And more...

Experience

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35+ years physiotherapy experience

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30+ years pain physiotherapy experience

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20+ years in multidisciplinary practice

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20+ years expertise in ultrasound muscle retraining

My Story

I graduated from the University of Queensland in the early eighties and spent my first few years as a physiotherapist practicing throughout Australia. Then I progressed overseas. Working in various environments, with a wide range of people, made for a diverse and engaging initiation into the world of physiotherapy and pain management.

By the time I returned to Australia, I’d developed a keen interest in back and spinal pain. This led me to return to the very place I started, the University of Queensland, to study with Julie Hides using real-time ultrasound-assisted exercise to improve spinal muscle function. Since then, I’ve spent many years in practice using these tools to help patients overcome chronic back pain.

Over the years, I've had the privilege of working with a diverse cross-section of health practitioners delivering multidisciplinary pain care. I've worked as the senior physiotherapist in the Pain Medicine Units of both Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. Our multidisciplinary team included a wide range of health professionals. I found that, together as a team, integrating various skill-sets and perspectives, we were able to achieve far better outcomes than when applying any single therapy in isolation.

My Approach

I enjoy the problem-solving side of working with patients with persistent pain. Every patient is so unique, and therefore, my treatment approach must continuously change. My focus is always to educate and empower my patients by equipping them with active self-management strategies and skills that enhance their independence.

I enjoy creating personalised exercise programmes to suit the individual and supporting them to maintain motivation and consistency whilst on their programs. I employ a myriad of different techniques, from manual therapies and movement practices, to neuroplasticity therapies and pacing skills. It really just depends on the person: their needs and their goals.

Qualifications

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy, B.Phty, 1983

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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, 1989

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Diploma Manipulative and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, 1989

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Master of Philosophy, Physiotherapy, M.Phil, 2006

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Pain Physiotherapist, APA, 2019

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