The dreaded High Ankle Sprain

physio-ankle-painHigh ankle sprains occur when there is damage to the ligaments or soft tissue membrane that connect the tibia to the fibula (the bones that make up the lower leg). These high ankle ligaments, known as the syndesmosis, connect the two ankle bones together and allow some rotation. The syndesmosis is made up of two ligaments (tibiofibular ligaments) and an interosseous membrane. Read more

Tips for Tennis Elbow

physio-tennis-elbowIf you suffer from tennis elbow here are some helpful tips for trying to aid recovery and prevent recurrence.

1. Choice of racquet is important – you need to consider grip size, weight of the racquet, tension in the strings and vibration through the racquet.

2. Technique is often a large contributory factor to tennis elbow. Common technique problems are:

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Stress Fractures

physio-stress-injury A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a weight bearing bone. It can occur in any part of the body but predominantly occur in the lower leg or feet.

Stress fractures are related to overuse where the supporting muscles become fatigued and no longer absorb the continuing stress of the aggravating activity such as running. As a consequence the stress transfers over to the bone and tiny cracks can form.

Possible causes of stress fractures could be: sudden increases in training frequency, intensity or duration; poor conditioning; incorrect technique; change in training surface; poor foot wear; or anatomical variations such as flat feet, or bowed legs or knock knees that may cause an overload on certain bones. Read more

Bruised Ribs – What you need to know

physio-rib-painA direct blow to the chest or to the ribs themselves may cause the ribs to bruise, break or separate from the breastbone. Whilst bruised ribs are extremely painful, in most cases they heal completely. The injury is referred to as bruised ribs but majority of the pain is caused by injury to the surrounding muscle and rib cartilage.

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Patello-femoral Pain

physio-knee-painHave you been experiencing pain behind or around the kneecap?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the medical term for pain felt behind or underneath the kneecap, where your patella (kneecap) articulates with your thigh bone (femur). This joint is known as your patellofemoral joint (PFJ).

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is mainly due to excessive PFJ pressure from poor kneecap alignment, which can over time affect the joint surface behind the kneecap. Kneecap malalignment is caused by abnormal muscle imbalance and poor biomechanical control. Read more