Regardless of what it’s for surgery can be scary and overwhelming. It is normal to feel a sense of helplessness or feeling as if you don’t have control over the end outcome. However, it is important to understand that you play the single most important role in the outcome of your recovery and it starts long before you meet with your surgeon. Preparing your body and mind for what you are about to encounter is an important aspect of recovery and creates good habits for your post-surgery rehabilitation.
Tennis elbow is a very common term used to describe lateral elbow pain. However, people can experience the condition without having ever picked up a racquet. The most up to date term currently is lateral epicondylalgia (LE) with “algia” meaning pain. This reflects the general shift away from it being considered an inflammatory condition in which the tendons around the elbow are inflamed. Rather, it is thought that the tendons become overloaded and sensitisation of the area occurs causing a heightened pain response that in turn causes inhibition of the muscles in the forearm.
With the start of the 2017/2018 Ashes tour and the cricket season well underway, this week’s blog will be discussing cricket related injuries.
Although cricket is a non-contact sport, injuries do occur and given the complexity of the sport they often can be difficult to manage. It is not a surprise that fast bowlers have the highest injury prevalence of 20%. This is followed by spin bowlers, batsmen then wicketkeepers.
The Acromioclavicular (AC) joint is located at the lateral tip of the shoulder. The joint is formed by two bones, the clavicle (collarbone) and the acromion (a portion of the scapula/shoulder blade). In between the joint sits a fibrocartilage meniscal disc and the bones are connected by a number of ligaments, muscles and a joint capsule
Plantar fasciitis Is a very common cause of heel pain. It can be quite debilitating and can last for months if not addressed. Typically, pain will be felt on the inside of the heel and arch. Pain can be sharp or achy. There can be a small amount of swelling over the medial heel as well as tenderness to touch. Mornings are worse, with it usually taking anywhere from 2-3 minutes to an hour for the stiffness and pain to reduce.
As pre-season training gets underway for winter sports codes we generally see an increase in the number of patients with groin pain presenting to our clinic. Discussing groin pain as a whole is a very large topic, so for the purposes of this blog I will discuss non-traumatic groin pain and in particular the most common factors that can lead to injury.
Non-traumatic groin injuries are typically complex and require a thorough assessment to determine the factors that have led to the injury and a comprehensive exercise rehabilitation program to recondition the athlete to be ready to return to their sport.
What causes shin splints? What is medial tibial stress syndrome or MTSS? Why do I have pain and what can I do about it? MTSS is self-limiting with proper management. This blog gives insights into the questions above and what you can do about it.
Approximately 80% of people will experience lower back pain at some stage in their life. It is one of the most common reasons for people missing work and seeing a doctor or physiotherapist. Although it is extremely common it can often a bit of an unknown to the general public as to what is the cause for their pain and disability.
Finals time for most winter sports is fast approaching and from a physiotherapy perspective this is the time of year that we see a spike in sporting injuries. A lot of these injuries tend to be to parts of the body that have some sort of deficit, be it strength, length or control. It is quite hard to be able to identify these areas yourself and even physiotherapists would find it hard to accurate identify these deficits purely through observation.
Tendon pain, referred to as tendinopathy, is debilitative condition that commonly affects the Achilles and patella tendons. The athlete can initially ‘run through’ the pain in the early stages however this often interferes with the healing stages.
The movements associated with sports such as a swimming stroke, cricket bowl, golf swing or tennis serve, when completed in numerous repetitions, particularly if there is a dysfunctional movement pattern present, can develop into a shoulder injury such as impingement syndrome. Impingement syndrome also known as Bursitis, Subacromial Impingement, or Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy can lead to long stints on the sideline if not treated correctly.
A lot of people choose to change their diet as a New Years resolution, but which one do you choose to follow? There are many popular types of diets out there which can make your resolution complicated and confusing. We enjoy listening to Dr Mike Evans - who in this video talks about what's the best diet you can start that will help lose weight.
Eating well and at the right time can have a significant effect on your ability to recover from a bout of exercise. As a rough guide it is recommended you eat 1 gram of carbohydrates per 1kg bodyweight within an hour after exercising to replace glycogen stores in muscles and liver. Consuming 10-25g of protein in addition to the carbs will aid recovery of muscles.
It is described as increased pressure within an enclosed space which reduces blood flow and tissue perfusion. Unlike shin splints, pain is usually increased with exertion and relieved with rest. The most common area is the anterior compartment (front of the shin) which causes pain in the front and outside of the shin. The syndrome is frequently bilaterally.
Shin splints are an umbrella term used to describe the pain felt around the front portion of the lower leg. The reason it is described as an umbrella term is because “shin splints” is not an exact diagnosis. In fact, there are a few different causes of shin pain that have been classified. The three most common are explained below in detail: