Headache and Migraines

Headaches are a very common symptom, that have been under estimated, under recognised and under treated. Headache disorders affect people all over the world and can cause difficulty with activities of day to day living. Therapy can produce dramatic results where years of medication and dietary advice have failed. Although similar in nature there is a great difference between types of headaches and migraines. Please see below a list of common conditions we can treat at Mike Varney Physiotherapy ...

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ITB Friction Syndrome

What is ITB Friction Syndrome?

The ITB, or iliotibial band, is a long, thin band of fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh. It attaches at the top of the thigh, and inserts below the knee on the outside of the leg. ITB friction syndrome is also known as runner’s knee as it accounts for 22% of all overuse injuries in runners. This condition occurs when the IT band rubs against the outside of the knee joint causing ...

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

What is therapeutic ultrasound?

Therapeutic ultrasound has been used as a treatment technique since the 1950’s and it remains a popular treatment for a range of clinical problems. It is the production of mechanical energy created by the vibration of a quartz crystal, which is situated inside the treatment head. When the crystal vibrates sound waves are created and these waves are then passed into the tissues. Gel is applied to the area of skin in order to ...

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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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Good Pain? Bad Pain?

Those of you who visited our clinic or who have read any of our previous material will understand we have a two-way relationship with our patients. We pride ourselves with providing some fantastic PASSIVE treatment options which we can help you or your injured or dysfunctional body part. There is however another part of our Physiotherapy which involves patients taking an ACTIVE role in their rehabilitation or recovery.

Among other ACTIVE elements to your recovery, prescriptive exercise will no doubt ...

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Marathon Q & A – Andrew Kitson

Andrew is a long-standing visitor to our clinic and has taken part in several marathons.  He is currently training for the Brighton marathon followed by a triathlon.  We asked him for some advice…….

How many times a week do you run when training for a marathon?

I try to limit my running to twice a week: normally a long run at the ...

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David’s Walk

One of our fabulous patients David, has set himself a massive challenge of walking 1 mile through Harlow Town Centre for the Brain and Spine Foundation. David has spent years learning to both speak and walk again after he suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage in May 2007. This walk will be the furthest he has ever walked since his brain injury and we are following his progress as he prepares for his challenge.

David first visited us in ...

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