As the tennis hots up at the Australian Open in Melbourne, the fever of tennis inspires those around us. So what exactly are the demands on the body involved with tennis and the associated injuries we see in the physiotherapy clinic?
Tennis demands aerobic fitness, speed, power and agility. Players tend to stretch their body to the limit in an aim to gain the competitive edge, and if the body is not used to these demands placed on it, injuries can occur. Read more
Piriformis syndrome often presents as a pain deep in the buttock and can cause sciatic type symptoms. Here in this short video is an explanation of piriformis syndrome and why it can occur, especially in a running population.
Common terms for shoulder impingement syndrome are “subacromial impingement”, “painful arc syndrome”, or “swimmers shoulder”. This is a clinical syndrome where the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles are compressed during shoulder movements, causing the tendons to become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space. This results in pain, weakness, and loss of movement and function at the shoulder.
The subacromial space is the gap between the anterior edge of the acromion and the head of the humerus, through which the supraspinatus tendon passes and the subacromial bursa lies. Read more
The terms “strain” and “sprain” are used when describing soft tissue or joint injuries, but what exactly is the correct term.
A “strain” is an injury or damage to the muscle or the tendon (a tendon being the connective tissue that connects the muscle belly to the bone). A strain occurs when the load placed on the muscle or tendon is too excessive or too intense and causes a tear. Read more
As physios we can often be the first point of call for a person with suspected Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
DVT happens when blood clots in a vein deep within the body, usually in the calf, the thigh, or pelvis. The danger associated with this clot, is it can break off and dislodge and travel through the bloodstream, before lodging in an artery in the lung, this is called a pulmonary embolus. If this clot is large this pulmonary embolus can be fatal.