Posts Tagged 'pain'

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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Whiplash

Whiplash will affect 1 in 200 of us at some point of our life however it is rarely serious and most people will make a full recovery. Taking control of the pain will increase your likelihood of getting better quickly.

Whiplash is an injury to the neck after a sudden movement in one direction followed by a rapid movement in the opposite direction. It is likely that this will be caused by a rear end or side impact road traffic ...

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Headaches and Migraines

Recurrent headaches and migraines are a very common condition that people live with for years without finding a way to effectively cure or manage them. The World Health Organisation state that 31% of all migraine sufferers have never seen a doctor regarding them and it is thought that they are underestimated, under-recognised and undertreated throughout the world. For those that do seek medical help, they are often given strong medications with many side effects that do little to control ...

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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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Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous band of connective tissue that rises from the heel bone and attaches into the calf muscles. It is the thickest tendon in the body and due to its high weight-bearing nature is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy. If you suffer from Achilles tendinopathy (previously known as tendonitis), the tendon may ...

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Meniscal Tears of the Knee Joint

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. As you can see in the picture below, 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 a level of shock absorption in the lower limbs and to ...

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Vertebral Disc Bulges

Your spine is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. As you age, the disks dehydrate and degenerate. As they do, they lose their cushioning ability. This can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

Sometimes one of these discs can rupture, known as a herniation. This allows the jelly-like centre of the disk to leak, irritating the ...

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The Ski Season Is Upon Us…

…But Are You Ready?

Whether it’s your first time hitting the slopes or you’re a pro, solid preparation can make the difference between you having an amazing trip or an incredibly painful one. Most people only manage to take the odd trip to the mountains so it’s important not to injure yourself on the first day.

The heart and lungs are the engine that drive your body, so it is important that you are fit enough to endure a full day ...

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

Back pain is common in pregnancy and can be divided into two categories: True back pain and Pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

True back pain occurs when the ligaments, muscles, discs and joints become strained and can be affected by posture, weakness or poor lifting techniques. Any pain similar to this felt during pregnancy will have already existed previously. Any back pain felt towards the end of the day or if you have been on your feet for long periods will ...

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