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Sever’s Disease – Heel pain in children

Sever’s disease is a common condition that is also referred to as calcaneal apophysitis. It is an inflammatory condition that causes pain around the heel. Bones in children consist of growth plates which is essentially a layer of cartilage near the end of the bones. These growth plates are not as strong as the rest […]

Total knee replacement (part 2) – what to expect in the intermediate term.

One of the common clinical presentations we see in people who have recently undergone a total knee replacement is a limp on the affected leg.  This can be due to muscle weakness, ongoing functional difficulties, pain or a residual sub-conscious lack of “trust” in the knee that has been replaced due to the altered sensations […]

Running & Osteoarthritis – Harmful or Helpful?

It is a long-held belief that high intensity activity, particularly running, is directly related with a worsening of osteoarthritis in the knees. As Physiotherapists, we often hear people mention that running ‘wrecked’ their knees and as a result, many people are very reluctant to take up any form of similar high intensity activity or participate […]

Osteoporosis and Bone Density: How important is exercise for bone health?

Osteoporosis is a widespread condition characterised by low bone mass or density. It is primarily a metabolic disorder related to age and general health with a variety of risk factors and causes. The most common and well-known consequence of osteoporosis or low bone density is weakened bones that can break more easily from small forces that […]

Shoulder Instability

What is it? Shoulder instability is a term used to describe a weakness in the structures of the shoulder that keep the joint stable, often leading to frequent dislocations. As one of the most flexible joints in the body, the shoulder maintains stability through a balance of support between the dynamic structures (muscles and tendons) […]

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition affecting the joint capsule of the shoulder. It is characterised by inflammation of the capsule, leading to pain and stiffness with shoulder movements.    Frozen shoulder is categorised as either primary or secondary. Primary frozen shoulder occurs for no clear reason, while secondary frozen shoulder […]

It’s heating up!

It’s heating up!   In what is shaping up to be a very hot summer indeed, one of the key things to consider when undertaking sports or activities are the effects of heat on the body.  As the temperature rises above 35°C (hot day), the body has more difficulty keeping the core temperature around 37°C. […]

Plantar Fasciitis

What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the foot and heel affecting both athletes and members of the general public. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the base of the heel and supports the muscles and arch on the base of the foot. When the plantar […]

Tennis Elbow – how do we manage when pain comes into play?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis is a common condition that affects a large amount of the population, particularly those of working age. It comes as a result of repetitive movement or mechanical overuse in the wrist and forearm muscles. This overuse or overload places a lot of stress on the Common Extensor Origin (CEO) tendon […]

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