ACJ – Short for acromioclavicular joint, is the small joint at the front of the shoulder where the collar bone meets the acromion (a bony point of the shoulder blade). It has an important role in maintaining normal shoulder function and movement. Damage to the joint is most often associated with the ligaments that are responsible for maintaining the joint’s stability.
The most common mechanism of injury is through direct impact to the shoulder, usually ... Read more →
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 →
Do you suffer with pain in your heel or under your foot? Has it come on gradually? Is it stiff in the morning? Does it hurt with walking or running? Does it feel like a burning sensation?
You may be suffering with Achilles Tendinopathy and/or Plantar Fasciitis. Continue reading to see a case study of one of Jenie’s patients suffering with these problems and how Radial Shockwave therapy can help! Read more →
Mousa Dembélé is a professional midfield footballer who plays for Belgian and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. On 3rd November playing against Wolverhampton Wanders Dembélé sustained a lateral ankle sprain.
What is a 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 ... Read more →
Kieran Trippier is a well know talented footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and for England. Unfortunately he sustained a groin strain on 10th November playing against Crystal Palace.
What is a groin strain?
A groin strain refers to injury to one or more of the muscles in the inner thigh. This group of muscles are known as the Adductors due to their role in providing hip adduction (movement of bringing the hip back in to the ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
From the time that an athlete endures a soft tissue injury (i.e. sprained ankle, ligament tear, muscle tear etc.), it is crucial that necessary procedures are put in place to optimize the rehabilitation. This is relevant for the occasional gym attendee, to the premiership footballer. In order to fully comprehend this process, one must understand the time scale in which the soft tissue takes to respond. In order to demonstrate this, we will use a basketball player ... Read more →
At Mike Varney Physiotherapy we pride ourselves on keeping up to date on the latest advances, technologies and techniques within our field. If you have visited our practice; you will no doubt have met Mike or one of our team of extensively qualified and experienced physiotherapists and have had the benefit of at least one of the new and traditional treatments we have on offer, such as Radial Shockwave Therapy (pictured above).
As an ... Read more →