Test your hip strength for your chronic ankle sprain

Hip weakness is often neglected but is crucial to be identified especially for a chronically sprained ankle that is not improving. Hip weakness may have developed since the very acute stage of your injury when you walked in a compensatory movement pattern to avoid putting weight on your injured ankle. If the hip or gluteal muscles continue to stay weak at the later stage, it would put extra stress and continue to irritate your ankle.

 

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The Chronic Sprained Ankle That Won’t Heal

A sprained ankle is a very common injury that overstretches or tears the ligaments around the ankle. Check out the tests recommended by our physiotherapist Yi Jing below to see if your ankles, calf, and hips function well. Contact us for help if you have difficulty identifying the cause of your chronic ankle pain.

 

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ELBOW PAIN? Tennis elbow affects 50% of tennis players

Tennis elbow or Lateral Epicondylosis is an overuse injury. It occurs when the muscles and tendons in your forearm are strained due to repetitive or strenuous activity.

Research now suggests the best way to treat tennis elbow is with physiotherapy under a progressive controlled eccentric loading exercise programme. That is subjecting the tendon to gradual loading movements to stimulate the healing process. These types of loads result in a change of the tissue structure leading to repair. Check out below to learn more about tennis elbow with our senior physiotherapist, Kathryn.

 

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The Soleus – The Key to Your Running Success?

Up to 56% of regular recreational long distance (>3km) runners will sustain a running-related injury each year. Injuries to the lower leg in long-distance runners are common, with recent research showing that they account for up to 32.2% of all leg injuries. Due to the nature of the muscle, soleus injuries are commonly caused by muscle fatigue and over-training.

Many soleus muscle injuries can be misdiagnosed as gastrocnemius injuries and, as such, ineffectively treated. This can cause long-term disruption to training and performance. As the soleus only crosses the ankle joint, whereas the gastrocnemius crosses both the ankle and knee, it is less susceptible to strain injuries. However, these injuries are possible, and an effective training regime for this muscle can go a long way towards avoiding them.

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Let me tell you a story- Tales of Jim and Bob

Once upon a time, Jim and Bob both started tennis coaching. Both were intermediate tennis players in their late 30’s and had decided to shift the beer belly and get fit again. Every week, Jim and Bob would play several games of tennis and go for a few runs.

One day, they both started to get pain in their knee when running and playing tennis. The pain lasted several days. Because of that, Jim decided the best thing to do was to rest from all exercise for a couple of weeks, then go back to training at the same intensity. At first it felt ok, but after several sessions, his knee was giving him grief again.

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