Preventing Knee Injuries During the Ski Season

The knee joint and its associated structures including ligaments, cartilage and bony formation, account for up to approximately 30-40% of all skiing/snowboarding injuries. Therefore it is important to strengthen and maintain the knee joint and it’s surrounding tissues. In this review it will explain the importance of preventing injuries around this area, during this very popular sporting season

Firstly it is important to gain and maintain strength in the muscles that surround the knee joint. These muscles include the ...

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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 ...

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Many People use the term Chronic to convey just how excruciating a pain is. However, what the term really means is simply that the pain has been there for longer than three months, even if it’s not very bad. The distinction is made after three months because most injuries to tissues, either muscle, bone or joint has had a chance to heal and resolve by this time.

WHY MAKE THE DISTINCTION.

The difference between pain that has just happened ...

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Growing Pains

ARE GROWING PAINS A REAL THING?

The short answer is that yes, growing pains are real and usually harmless part of childhood. Though poorly understood, they are recognized as a common phenomenon occurring most often between the ages of 3 and 12. The pain is commonly felt in both legs, particularly at night with no clear cause of pain. As yet no one is able to explain why they happen but growing pains are thought to be a ...

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Five New Year’s Resolutions

Need some inspiration for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution that you might actually keep? Have you already failed one that you had planned to stick to since January the 1st? Here are a few recommended resolutions that will act as investments in both your short and long term health..

1. Sit Less:

New studies showing just how bad sitting is for your heatlh are starting to really convince us that a lifestyle change is in order. Limit your sitting ...

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Rotator Cuff Tendonopathies

The rotator cuff refers to a group of four muscles which run from the shoulder blade to the top of the arm bone. These muscles attach to the arm via tendons; strong connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. Rotator cuff tendonopathies, or impingement, occur when there is inflammation, degeneration or swelling in one or more of these tendons in the shoulder. This is normally due to overuse, especially in people that play a lot of racquet ...

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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 ...

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Becky’s London Marathon Journey

This year we have decided to put one of our own through the grueling 26.2 mile London Marathon Course! Becky joined the clinic this year as a student Sports Therapist. She is currently studying Sports Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and is furthering her education by completing a placement year with us. She has a history of longer endurance events including triathlons, but has not quite stretched herself to complete the 26.2 mile London Marathon. This ...

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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, ...

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