Sport

Meniscus Injuries

What is the Meniscus? 

The meniscus, also known as the cartilage of the knee, is a strong fibrous crescent-shaped structure that is sandwiched between the femur (the thigh bone), and the tibia (the shin bone). There are two sections: the medial meniscus on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus on the outside of the knee. Their main function is to provide stability to the knee and a level of shock absorption in the lower limbs.

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Tennis Elbow

What is tennis elbow?

Otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an injury where the tendon that attaches the wrist muscles to the outer side of the elbow become inflamed and degenerated. This can normally be attributed to overuse of the muscles from activities that repetitively activate the wrist extensors (the muscles that bend your wrist backwards). For example, desk-based workers commonly suffer from tennis elbow due to typing on a keyboard continuously. Similarly, anybody using tools ...

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

 

The outside of the ankle is comprised of three ligaments which are strong connective tissue that stabilises the ankle joint. Lateral ankle sprain is one of the most common sporting injuries and is frequently re-injured. Lateral ankle sprains commonly occur when the ankle rolls inwards under body weight, which can stretch or in worst cases rupture the ligaments to the outside of the ankle. With lateral ankle sprains the surrounding tendons, muscles and nerves may also be damaged.  When ...

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Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is prone to injury following repetition of high loads and overuse. This causes inflammation which can lead to pain and swelling. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes and is often caused by lack of flexibility and over pronation of the foot. Recent changes in footwear and changes to exercise regimes are other factors associated with Achilles tendonitis.

The main complaint of patients with Achilles tendonitis is pain behind the heel. Most patients tend ...

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How to manage an acute injury with the PRICE guidelines

The PRICE guidelines are commonly used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries usually for the first week or so, especially when the injured area is painful and swollen. PRICE is a mnemonic for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The following is a brief overview of the current recommendations of the guidelines:

 

Protection

Following the initial injury, it is important to protect the injury to prevent further damage from occurring and to reduce pain levels. This is usually in the form ...

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Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues and back to the heart. It also helps in bringing new nutrients and oxygen to cells. Lymphatic drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Lymphatic drainage can be used to treat any type of swelling, especially in the ankles, reduce scar tissue, reducing cellulite, Lymphoedema, ...

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Paringdon Youth Summer Football Tournament 2015

On 30th and 31st of May 2015, The Mike Varney Physiotherapy Team set up at Paringdon Sports Centre ready for a full day of work at the youth football tournament. We provided free sports massage, taping and injury advice to hundreds of youth footballers consisting of U6s-U15s from 9am till 5pm. It was a busy couple of days and even in the pouring rain on Sunday it was a great event to attend. Well done to Elay, Myles, Liam and Nick from the University of Hertfordshire ...

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Stretching? Is it important?

It is common for runners to concentrate training on endurance and strength whilst training, without the realisation of the importance of stretching muscles pre and post exercise. However, flexibility within muscles can have many positive effects including:

  • Muscles being less prone to injury
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Increase in gains of strength/endurance
  • Increase in range of movement

Stretching should always be done pre exercise after a 10 minute warm up, for example jogging. It is important that muscles are never stretched ‘cold,’ as this is ...

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Psychology-Hitting the Wall!

Every year hundreds of thousands of runners will have the opportunity to “hit the wall.” “The wall” is defined as that period in a marathon or long distance event, when things transition from being pretty hard to being really, really hard.

Hitting the wall is basically running out of energy. For the first couple of hours/miles of running you are using up all your carbohydrate/sugar stores. After these are used up, your body starts to use fat as its energy source. ...

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Nutrition for a Marathon

It is difficult to know what to eat and when to eat it when your in training for a big event. What do you eat before and how long before the event? What do you eat and drink during and after the event?

Well… It is actually down to trial and error, and what works best for you.

There are some guidelines that you can follow to help you make the best choices as to what to eat and drink:

Before training you want to ...

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