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Smart phones and posture

With most people spending up to 4 hrs a day (1) on their smart phones the increased load  caused by using these devices will undoubtedly increase “wear and tear” on the spine. As clinician’s we are seeing more and more people with chronic neck and mid thoracic area driven and aggravated by poor posture and the cause of this is in many times caused by the use of their smart phones, pc’s or laptops.

Iphones and neck pain

Image: Kenneth Hansraj (image from http://www.sciencealert.com/)

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What is the lump in my Achilles?

In this post we explore the difference between a tendonitis and tendonosis. So if you have alump on the achilles make sure you get this checked out to avoid the injury progressing into a full rupture. read more


Nerve Root Pain

Nerve root pain is a common condition treated by physiotherapists. Also known as radiculitis , radiculopathy or radicular pain, nerve root pain is a complex condition that requires clinical expertise and individualised patient management.

There are 31 pairs of spinal nerve roots that exit the spinal cord through a hole formed between the vertebrae above and the vertebrae below, called the intervertebral foramen. read more


Posterolateral Corner Knee Injuries

Patients with PLC injuries may present acutely or chronically and often report a mechanism of injury involving sports trauma, a fall or motor vehicle accident. An associated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear are not uncommon due to the similar hyperextension mechanism. Acute injuries present with swelling, posterolateral knee pain and occasionally numbness and weakness in the foot as a result of peroneal nerve disruption. read more


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Patients with this condition often complain of pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the arm. Coldness and heaviness in the arm can also be present. These symptoms are often located along the inside of the upper limb and can extend to the little finger and ring finger due to irritation and compression of the ulna nerve. read more


Mensical Knee Injuries

The most common mechanism when injuring a meniscus of the knee is a twisting movement where the foot is anchored and a rotational force is applied to the joint.

 

Common symptoms associated with a meniscus tear;

  • knee swelling
  • joint line pain
  • reports of locking, clicking or catching
  • restriction of movement
  • pain aggravated by twisting movement

There are various meniscal tears depending on the orientation and extent which include; longitudinal, degeneravtive, flap, bucket handle and radial tears. Read more


Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

The tarsal tunnel is an area at the inside of the ankle, where a fibrous tissue called the flexor retinaculum, forms a tunnel with the ankle bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is where the nerve, (Tibial Nerve) becomes compressed, which causes numbness at the sole of the foot or part of the foot.

This condition can be caused from a variety of reasons from a flattened foot posture, bony spurs, ganglions, tendon inflammation, benign tumours, foot and ankle fractures or trauma, through to arthritis and diabetes. Read more 


Whiplash

Whiplash is a term used to describe the rapid hyper- flexion, hyper-extension of the neck involved in a motor vehicle accident. This results in overstraining of the joints, ligaments and muscles in the neck. Stretching of the nerves in the neck can also occur with Whiplash.

Whiplash can give rise to a wide variation of symptoms including; neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, headache, dizziness, arm tingling and weakness along with concentration and memory difficulties.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

Symptoms associated with rotator cuff injury:

  • Pain over the outside of the shoulder
  • Pain referral into the outside of the upper arm
  • Problems with over head activities
  • Problems with lifting weight
  • Inability to lie on the affected side

Rotator cuff injury can be caused from a specific incident such as over-straining at the gym, a fall onto an outstretched hand or repetitive strain with work such as a butcher making repetitive cuts.

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Scoliosis- What is it?

A lateral deviation of the spine is known as a Scoliosis. This results in the spine rotating around the vertical axis giving the spine a twisted appearance. Radiologically a scoliosis is defined by a Cobb angle of greater than 10 degrees, which is basically an indicator of the severity of the curve.  Read more

Conditions

The knee joint is held together by two important ligaments, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) ...
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Ankle fractures refer to a broken bone within the ankle region, which most commonly involve one of three bones. The ...
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1. What is biceps tendinopathy Biceps tendinopathy is a pathology of the proximal biceps tendon, that is, where the biceps ...
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Acute calf tears result in sharp sudden pain that onsets most commonly whilst jogging, sprinting or forcefully pushing off the ...
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A CAM lesion is the formation of extra bone on the head of the femur (ball) resulting in a ‘bump’ ...
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What is it ? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a nerve entrapment syndrome caused by compression and irritation of the ...
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What is a Cervicogenic Headache ? Cervicogenic headaches are a specific type of headache where the underlying cause is related ...
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Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is a common complaint amongst the community. It is defined by pain lasting longer than ...
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Colles Fracture: Colles fracture refers to a complete break in the distal radius (wrist), often occurring as the result of ...
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Costovertebral joints are joints that connect your ribs with the vertebrae of the thoracic spine. These joints have a number ...
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein normally in the legs. The most ...
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DeQuervains tendonitis is a repetitive strain injury of the thumb tendons as they cross the radial aspect of the wrist ...
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This is a condition which mostly affects the fourth and fifth fingers, but may affect any digit, which will tighten ...
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Elbow Pain Interesting facts: • Over 1.3% of the general population suffer with elbow pain • More than 15% of ...
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The facet joints of the lumbar spine also know as the apophyseal joints, they allow the spine to move in three different ...
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Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition of the hip joint that is characterised by abnormal contact between head of the ...
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Finger injuries are common amongst the sporting community and their severity is just as commonly underestimated. Whilst the large majority ...
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What it is?  Adhesive capsulitis (also known as frozen shoulder) is a condition of the shoulder causing increasing pain and ...
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An acute hamstring injury involves tearing of the muscle or tendon fibres from a singular point of exertion. Most commonly ...
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Hamstring tendinopathy, unlike hamstring tears, occur over a period of time and are classified as an overuse injury. They do ...
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What is a headache? Headache is considered to be pain in the head which can extend from the base of ...
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The hip is a common joint that is affected by OA and can result in discomfort when walking, stiffness of ...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition affecting the cartilage of a joint. The role of cartilage within a joint is to ...
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Hip pain  or the presence of a limp when walking in children can be particularly important to investigate, in most ...
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Infrapatellar Fat Pad Syndrome (IPFPS), also known as Hoffa's disease occurs when the fatty tissue under the knee-cap is pinched ...
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An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area where fatty or abdominal tissue pushes through the inguinal canal. Studies show ...
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The Intervertebral discs are located between the bones of the spine.  These discs act as shock absorbers and contribute to the ...
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Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Iliotibial band friction syndrome is an injury commonly seen in runners, cyclists and other endurance sports, ...
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Osteoarthritis is one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases worldwide impacting on the health of joints. The knee joint is ...
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What is causing my knee pain? The knee is made up of various tissues including bone, muscle, cartilage, tendons and ...
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What is Lateral Hip Pain? Lateral hip pain refers to pain on the side of the hip around the region ...
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Finger injuries are common amongst the sporting community and their severity is just as commonly underestimated. Whilst the large majority ...
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MCL Rehabilitation- From Ruin to Return to Play This is a blog article written by Rayner Smale, two Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists ...
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The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are external ligaments of the knee that support the ...
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The meniscus (cartilage) in the knee is a fibrocartilage disc that helps to absorb shock and distribute load across the joint surface ...
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Migraine ranks in the top 20 causes in the world of years of healthy life lost to disability. It is ...
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Neck pain is a common condition that presents to physiotherapy clinics. 54% of the population have experienced neck pain in ...
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Nerve root pain is a common condition treated by physiotherapists. Also known as radiculitis , radiculopathy or radicular pain, nerve ...
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Named after two surgeons who first described it, Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD) is an apohysitis of the tibial tubercle. The ...
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A condition that is commonly associated with the athletic population, osteitis pubis is a term more recently referred to as ...
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The patella (knee-cap) sits on the front surface of the end of the femur (thigh bone) and forms the patellofemoral ...
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The patella is the largest sesamoid bone in the body and is located anterior to the knee joint and within ...
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The patella tendon is a broad flat tendon that runs from the patella (knee-cap) to the boney lump on the ...
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PFPS is a term used to describe pain felt behind the knee cap where your thigh bone (femur) and knee ...
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Piriformis Syndrome Piriformis Syndrome was first described by Freiberg in the 1950's as a cause of sciatic leg pain. While ...
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The plantar fascia is a broad ligament that supports the medial arch of the foot. It attaches to the calcaneum (heel) and ...
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Popliteus is a small muscle at the back of the knee joint designed to ‘unlock’ the knee. When the knee ...
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Posterolateral Corner Knee Injuries Injuries to the posterolateral corner (PLC) of the knee account for 16% of knee ligament injuries ...
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Recent research suggests 50% of pregnant women will incur pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPP). PPP consists of pain within ...
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What is a Quadriceps Strain?What are the Quadricps muscles?The quadriceps are a group of four muscles at the front of ...
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What is a Rotator Cuff Strain/tear?What is the rotator cuff?A rotator cuff tear is a condition where there is a ...
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The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a large L shaped joint that connects the base of the spine (sacrum) to the ...
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The scaphoid is derived from the Greek skaphos, meaning boat. The scaphoid, (boat- shaped) bone is located at the wrist ...
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Scheuermann's Disease Scheuermann's disease was first described in 1920 by Holger Werfel-Scheuermann after he examined a 16-year-old farmer who presented ...
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Scoliosis A lateral deviation of the spine is known as a Scoliosis. This results in the spine rotating around the ...
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A lateral deviation of the spine is known as a Scoliosis. This results in the spine rotating around the vertical ...
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Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is also responsible for chickenpox. It occurs because of a reactivation ...
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   1. What is shoulder instability? Shoulder instability is when the ball of the shoulder joint repeatedly slips out of ...
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Sinding-Larsen-Johansson (SLJ) syndrome is a painful overuse knee condition that commonly affects teenagers and involves the disruption of patellar tendon ...
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How smart is your smart phone? Is the use of it leading to the increased rate of early  spinal degeneration ...
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What is spinal canal stenosis? Spinal canal stenosis is caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal. Normally, there is ...
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Spinal degeneration is a broad term used to refer to changes to the spine. These changes may involve the intervertebral ...
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Spinal manipulation is a common form of treatment used by physiotherapists in the management of neck pain, headaches, upper back ...
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory spinal condition characterised by gradual onset back pain and loss of spinal movement ...
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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition characterized by slipping of one vertebrae compared to the next. A forward slip is known ...
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Stress fractures are cracks that develop in bones, usually due to the combination of overuse and inadequate recovery time. All ...
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Sub acromial impingement (SAI) is known by a number of names although it is commonly referred to as swimmer's shoulder.   ...
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The tarsal tunnel is an area at the inside of the ankle, where a fibrous tissue called the flexor retinaculum, ...
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TMD's are a group of conditions affecting the temporo-mandibular joints (TMJ) and the muscles attached to them. TMD's affect 5-12% ...
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Lateral epicondyle tendinopathy (LET) or lateral epicondylalgia, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a condition affecting the wrist extensor tendons ...
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Symptoms arising from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) are caused by compression of the blood vessels and nerves that pass through ...
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The thoracic spine is the least mobile region of the spine, however this does not mean it is any less ...
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5 tips for finding a better nights sleep for people with back pain. Small changes to your sleeping positions or ...
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What is that lump on my achilles? Let’s Begin…Do you have an unusual lump in your achilles? Often this is ...
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Whiplash is a term used to describe the rapid hyper- flexion, hyper-extension of the neck involved in a motor vehicle accident ...
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