We’ve done blogs on tendinopathies before, but what exactly are they? A tendinopathy can be thought of as a pain originating from a tendon where the structure of that tendon is altered. This is as opposed to a tendinitis, which is simply an inflamed tendon How do tendinopathies develop? Body tissues adapt to strain – …..
As mentioned in our last blog, the shoulder is inherently an unstable joint. Apart from the labrum, a group of structures called rotator cuff muscles have a big role to play in its stabilisation, these are; supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. A common misconception when learning about these muscles is that each does a …..
Some basic shoulder anatomy The shoulder is a ball and socket joint but, unlike the hip joint, the socket in the shoulder is very shallow. The advantage of this is that you can get a lot of movement from the joint enabling you to do things like reaching overhead. The disadvantage is that the joint …..
Most frequently trochanteric bursitis, these odd-looking words will make far more sense after we’ve started with just a little bit of anatomy. As can be seen from the the picture below, the hip joint is a ball and socket joint made up of the head of the femur (the ball) and the acetabulum (the socket). …..
Chronic pain doesn’t exactly sound good and it’s not something anyone would want to be suffering from – but the chronic part is a bit misunderstood and refers to the fact that it’s been there for a long time (as opposed to an acute injury which is one that happened recently.) Also called persistent pain, …..
We’ve all been in pain at some point, whether it’s stubbing your toe or as a result of a more serious injury but whatever the cause it’s less than ideal. Pain is a complex subject but here we’ll talk about the most basic – nociceptive pain. But first – the back story. Pain is basically …..
In the last blog we looked at the causes of osteoarthritis and here we’re going to look at the treatments. Do I need a joint replacement? This is a common concern from patients but osteoarthritis can be managed in other ways. In the last blog we talked about muscles offloading joints – by training muscles …..
In this blog we’re going to take a look at a fairly common complaint and one that tends to get people worried – osteoarthritis. This first blog will take a look at what this actually is and how it’s caused, then in the second we’ll look at treatment options. So what actually is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, …..
For most of us, our first response to a headache is to reach for the painkillers or possibly swear off drinking. A common assumption is that headaches come from inside our head, but in clinic we often treat cervicogenic headaches. We have touched on these before, but today want to focus on a particularly common …..
Pulling or tearing a muscle is a common injury we see in clinic – but what actually happens in the healing process and what can you do to help? There are three main phases to healing: the inflammatory, the proliferation and the remodelling. But before we get onto these let’s take a look at the …..