What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteo (bone) Arth (Joint) Itis (Inflammation).
In short it stands for, bone & joint inflammation. The process begins with wear of the intra-articular cartilage inside the joint (knee, hip shoulder etc). Then an inflammatory process begins around the area where cartilage has worn away. This can cause pain and signs of inflammation – heat, redness or swelling. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis amongst people in the UK. Symptoms include morning joint stiffness, ... Read more →
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:
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 ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
…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 ... Read more →