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High ankle sprains

High ankle sprains involve a ligamentous injury slightly above the ankle joint. There are two long bones, tibia and fibula, that together form a stable surface connection for which the ankle can move on. The stability of this joint is crucial for the function of the ankle and its ability to withstand weightbearing activities. This […]

Walking Aids – What are they and the benefits

Walking aids vary from a walking stick, crutches or frames also known as walkers, this ranges from the least support to the most support making them more stable. They come in all different shapes and sizes so are guaranteed to find one that suits you and your mobility needs.   Walking aids assist with keeping you mobile and participating in your […]

To Ice or Not to Ice An Injury?

Ice has been a common initial injury technique used among many when an injury first appears. When someone rolls their ankle, most of us instinctively grab an ice pack. When we see professional athletes get injured, they’re wrapped in ice before they’ve even made it off the field. But the question lies should we be applying ice immediately after […]

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries 

What is the AC joint?  The AC joint is a plane synovial joint formed between the acromion of the scapula (shoulder blade) and the distal end of the clavicle (collarbone), on top of the shoulder.  The joint is stabilised by the acromioclavicular (AC) ligaments, coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments and the coracoacromial (CA) ligament (Kiel & Kaiser, 2020). This joint is small but contributes to achieving full shoulder range […]

Swimming Assessment/Screening

Who is it for? A swimming assessment should be performed on elite or casual swimmers who train on a regular basis. Due to the repetitive nature of swimming, a swimmer who has an underlying weakness or restricted range is more prone to injury. Why is it important? Swimmers train and compete whilst floating in a […]

Can discs heal on their own?

Many people believe that once you have a “bulging disc” that you’ve been sentenced with a bad back for life. A recent meta -analysis (Zhong et al 2017) has shown that 2/3 of disc bulges spontaneously heal on their own. Many of these being within a few months, not a matter of years. This is […]

Recalcitrant posterior ankle pain

A case presented in the clinic this week of a very athletic client who had previously suffered a muscle strain/tear in their calf muscle.  This had been treated well initially, but on trying to return to running, they suffered ongoing pains in the base of their Achilles tendon and around the back of their ankle.  […]

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are headache caused by the cervical spine (neck) and its component bony, disc and/or soft tissue elements. Neck pain may or may not accompany the headache. Typically, these types of headaches may display one or several the following characteristics: One sided pain originating from the base of the skull/neck travelling up over the […]

Calf Strains

Calf strain injuries can commonly happen during sporting activities such as running and jumping. However, other mechanisms may include slipping or jarring ankle plantarflexion movements in weightbearing positions. It typically involves sudden instances of higher forces that overload the capabilities of the muscles. These muscles include your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles which are both crucial muscles that help deliver forces in varying joint […]

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