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Uncontrolled Movement – Pain, Injury and Treatment

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

The Concept of Relative Flexibility and Stiffness The term relative flexibility refers to the theory that during movement the body and in particular our joints and soft tissues will take the path of least resistance, that is movement will always occur at a joint or region that is more flexible than a stiffer neighbouring one (Sahrmann 2002). This can occur in tissue and joints next to each other as well as ones that are opposite.  For example the fourth lumbar vertebra (the second from last bone in your lower back) might develop increased movement during backward bending to compensate for a stiff upper back or stiff hip flexors.  Once a joint or soft tissue has increased in its range of movement to compensate for the adjacent stiffness the supporting structures (ligaments, capsule and muscle) become insufficient at resisting movement...

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Plantar fasciitis and heel pain

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A pain in the heel! Policeman’s heel or plantar fasciitis are the two most common names used for pain located in the heel. There are however several different causes of this condition that affects many of us through our life time. The most common is inflammation and subsequent wearing of the plantar fascia (a band of strong soft tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes) attachment to the heel bone, initially this is referred to as plantar fasciitis but with subsequent degeneration becomes plantar fasciosis. The second most common cause is inflammation of the bursa that covers the heel. This small sac of fluid can become swollen and painful and mimic plantar fasciitis. Other causes of heel pain include nerve irritation, osteoarthritis of the above ankle joints, severs disease and stress fractures. Ian Griffiths (Podiatrist) and Sharon Mumford...

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Cruciate ligament injury – a story from the clinic

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From the Clinic: A torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament! Rob came to Sports and Spinal Physio on the recommendation of Mr Ali a local Orthopaedic Surgeon. While skiing in France in February of last year, Rob had twisted his left knee and completely torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and additionally damaged some cartilage as well! After some physiotherapy treatment to reduce the swelling and pain, restore his range of movement and strengthen his muscles Rob was able to return to his passion, cycling. Unfortunately without the anterior cruciate ligament Rob’s knee was a bit unstable and likely to give way with sudden or twisting movements and as Rob is a keen skier it was decided that he would undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the torn ligament. Mr Ali repaired the ligament (using a section of his hamstring tendon)...

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Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Common Complaints: Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain It seems this damp weather has led to a larger number of people coming into the clinic with pain on the point of the shoulder – this is often caused by an injury to the Acromio-Clavicular joint (AC joint) – here is some handy information on this common problem. Pain originating from the AC joint (the joint at the end of the collarbone – on top of the shoulder) is usually well localized and the client will often place one finger directly over the AC joint when asked to indicate the most painful area. There is usually discomfort with humerus and scapula movement, particularly movements where the arm is brought across the body into a horizontally flexed position. Uncomfortable exercises in the gym may include bench press (particularly wide grip bench), dips and push ups. The person often...

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