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 →
Do you have pain in the front of the shoulder? Regularly lifting weights? Do you have a very physical job?
A condition you should be aware of is Weightlifter’s Shoulder.
What is it?
Weightlifter’s shoulder, also known as distal clavicular osteolysis, refers to the wearing of bone at a rate faster than it can be repaired occurring where the collar bone meets the top of the shoulder blade. Consistent stress through repetitive lifting creates this degradation and or compression at ... Read more →
What’s the difference between massage and Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy treats pain, impairments and disability by using a wide number of treatment techniques. The treatment is precise and tailored to you based on an in-depth assessment. Massage is a generic term for hands on techniques employed to relieve muscle tension and improve wellbeing.
Which do I need?
As a rule, if you have pain then you need to know what’s causing it, which means you need a Physiotherapist. The reason for this ... 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 →
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 segments ... Read more →
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 knee ... Read more →
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 common ... Read more →
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 in ... Read more →