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Helen Lowe is finally published!!! You can find the abstract here:


"Development of a novel patient focussed symptom severity index for use in assessing and treating inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast: a Delphi study."


Thanks to research colleagues Dr Adelle McArdle and Physiotherapist Melinda Cooper. 

Thanks to our patients who voluntarily contributed to this research.

We have achieved face validity of the BISSI, Breast Inflammatory Symptom Severity Index. 

That means that when Helen does the BISSI questionnaire with patients who have mastitis she is confident knowing that symptoms are accurately and completely assessed before and after treatment. This helps us know that we are helping women get better.

Through Life Physiotherapy is currently working with Monash University to study the effect of therapeutic ultrasound on the treatment of lactational mastitis. 

While physiotherapists see many women respond well to the use of therapeutic ultrasound, there is minimal scientific evidence supporting its efficacy in the treatment of mastitis. There is also similar lack of scientific evidence for the use of antibiotics in inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast. Therapeutic ultrasound is reemerging as an effective adjunct or alternative to the current treatment options. 

The research findings will help establish the extent to which therapeutic ultrasound is of benefit to women suffering from inflammatory conditions of the breast including lactational mastitis.

Through Life Physiotherapy is proud to be at the forefront of the industry and actively involved in research aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of patients in Gippsland and across Australia.

For information on the treatment of mastitis at Through Life Physiotherapy, click here

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