Why Does My Back Hurt?

Anatomy of the spine:

The spine is a crucial structure in the body. It has three major functions important for everyday life:

  • Protection: the spinal cord, nerve roots and several organs within the body are protected by the spine.
  • Structure: the spine provides structural support to withstand load and hold you upright.
  • Movement: the spine allows movement in multiple directions.

The spine can be broken down into five sections – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. The spine has ...

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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatica refers to symptoms of lower back, buttock or leg pain, which can be described as tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg and foot. These symptoms originate in the lower back but may also be felt without lower back pain. The sciatic nerve exits the spine and travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg before branching off behind the ...

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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common complaint we see at Mike Varney Physiotherapy. 7 out of 10 people will experience some form of low back pain in their lifetime. It is characterised by a pain or ache anywhere between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs. Some people also experience referred pain down into the buttocks and legs. Despite being so ...

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Plantarfaciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is irritation and inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of thick tissue on the bottom of your foot, that
starts at your heel bone, runs along the edge of your foot, all the way to the bottom of your toes. It is there to help support the arch of your foot
and to shock absorb when you are putting weight through ...

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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy? 

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 it is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to micro-tearing and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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