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  • Autumn’s Here

    And I’m falling apart

     

    Autumn’s arrived, and the leaves are starting to turn; whilst the swallows flee for warmer climes (probably collecting coconuts). The nature reserve will soon be reserved for nature, as the flood plains become true to their name.

    Winter coats are emerging from wardrobes, as the umbrellas become next to useless; their places in the attic taken by shorts and summer dresses, as we cover up and hunker down… and resist the lure of the thermostat.

     

    We hunch our shoulders; and wrestle the garden furniture back into the garage, whilst the foolhardy contemplate pruning; whether of hedges or for Movember fast approaching.

     

    In these times of shorter days, heartier meals and shoulders stooped against the rain; our moods depress and activity levels plummet; but we still need to look after our bodies. That draft on your neck can cause it to crick, whilst playing garage-tetris can spasm the back, or SAD becomes a tension headache.

     

    Left unchecked, these nagging, dragging pains can be with you for the season. Anything like this that lasts much more than a week, or keeps you from work can usually benefit from an expert eye. A diagnosis and advice may be all that’s required – usually with the application of common sense, (the least common of the senses). For other issues a course of treatment and some active homework should get you back in action; and the sooner started, the soonest mended.

     

    If you are suffering pain, from a mechanical cause, then call Tewkesbury’s Back In Action, on 01684 291 261, and see if we can help. If you’re unsure about your particular condition, then ask for a free chat, with no obligation, for some general advice.

     

    For members of Tewkesbury RFC & Tewkesbury Cricket Club, this may also be a timely reminder that adult players receive a 1/3 discount, whilst juniors (U18) can be treated at 1/2 price.

     

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    Meningitis 13 September 2019 | Comments (0)

    Next week is Meningitis Awareness week, organised by @MeningitisResearch and @MeningitisNow.

     

    Meningitis is a serious condition that occurs when the meninges - protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord - become infected and inflamed. Early symptoms can be similar to the flu. However, having a stiff neck in addition to flu-like symptoms could be a key clue that meningitis is the problem and should be checked by a doctor.

    Meningitis can start suddenly, or develop more gradually; early symptoms often include one or more of fever, headache or neck stiffness.

    FEVER. Running a fever is a normal part of the immune system’s defence against infections. A fever with meningitis will usually (but not always) be above 39 degrees.

    HEADACHE. A headache caused by meningitis is typically described as severe and unrelenting. It does not subside by taking an aspirin / paracetamol.

    NECK STIFFNESS. This most commonly manifests as extreme stiffness of the muscles that extend the skull on the neck; called nuchal rigidity; and can be very limiting in neck flexion especially.

    RASH. This is typically blotchy and red or purple; it is unchanged by rolling a glass over the rash.                                           

    As time goes on, other symptoms can develop, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or noises or blurred vision; amongst other less common symptoms.

                                                                               

    It should be noted that bacterial and viral meningitis are both contagious, so they are more likely to be contracted and spread in areas where people live in close quarters, such as college dorms or military barracks.

    If you have any reason to suspect meningitis; call the NHS on 111; or speak to your GP directly; if rapidly progressing, go straight to A&E.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.nhs.uk/conditions/Meningitis

    www.physio-pedia.com/Meningitis

    www.meningitisnow.org

    www.meningitis.org

    Meningitis by the Numbers UK

    Symptoms of Meningitis

    Meningitis

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    TENS Machines 06 September 2019 | Comments (0)

    Let’s take a look at TENS machines (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation).
     
    In TENS therapy, a small, device delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes placed near the source of pain. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and "scrambles" normal pain perception, and often feels “a bit tingly”. This can not only reduce the level of pain felt; but also relax muscle tension, and release endorphins within the spinal cord.
    Traditionally used for the relief of chronic pain, there is an increasing body of evidence that TENS is also effective for acute pain; though in general the evidence for TENS is still fairly inconclusive. Given the relative lack of side-effects though, it is often considered “worth a try” to see if it works for the individual, especially in this age of
    “opioid crisis”.
    Please note – TENS passes an electrical current through the skin; please do not use it over damaged skin; or if you have a pacemaker in place; we also recommend against using it over cells that are rapidly dividing, such as testicles, eyes or foetuses.
    NB: TENS therapy is only effective when the machine is switched on; at Back In Action we have a rental machine for you to try for a week before investing £40-£60 in a machine of your own (easily available from Amazon).
     
     
    You can find out more here:
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/treatments-therapies/electrotherapy/tens
    www.electrotherapy.org/modality/transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-tens
    TENS Machine, recommended settings
    TENS Electrode Placement
    TENS
    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your no obligation free chat.
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    This coming week is Migraine Awareness Week here in the UK, so let’s take a look at migraine headaches.

    A migraine is a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head typically aggravated by physical exertion, and lasting 6-72 hours; they can occur several times in per week, or once every few years. Many people also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound; these symptoms may appear before the headache, alongside it; or even without any head pain at all. A migraine is not “just” a severe headache.
    Migraines classically affect 20% of women and 7% of men; usually beginning in early adulthood.

    Migraines usually have a specific trigger, and the key to long-term management is to identify the trigger, and avoiding or mitigating these wherever possible; which is often easier said than done. Medication can also help significantly (usually the triptan group); but prevention is still preferable to cure. Migraines can be extremely delibitating whilst being suffered; though most people tend to find that both the severity and frequency reduces as they age; possibly as a result of identifying and avoiding their individual triggers.
    As with tension and cervicogenic headaches, there is a large overlap with other headache types, so the incidence rate is probably higher than stated here.

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.physio-pedia.com/Migraine_Headache
    www.chiro-trust.org/headaches/is-it-a-migraine-2
    www.migrainetrust.org

    Headache pain distribution, migraine

    Migraine Symptoms and Stages

    Common Triggers for Migraine

    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your no obligation free chat.

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    Lumbar Disc 23 August 2019 | Comments (0)

    Let’s take a look at lumbar disc herniations; also falsely known as “slipped disc” – please note, the disc does not slip, this is a horrible term that deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of the English language!

     

    Lumbar disc herniations are most common in people aged between 30 and 50. They affect twice as many men as women. They are a form of sciatica, typically caused by injury to the lower back, and leading to compression/irritation of the nerve root as it exits the spine. Severe pain, numbness, pins & needles and even loss of strength are common symptoms of disc herniations, and can be felt in the lower back, or in the leg (where it’s often called “sciatica”). Suffering the above symptoms in both legs, including particularly private areas &/ loss of control/sensation of bowel or bladder are a cause for significant concern, and should present to hospital as soon as possible.

    Disc herniation can occur as a result of age-related degeneration of the annulus fibrosis. However trauma, straining, torsion and lifting injury are also frequently involved. Disc herniations are common incidental findings on MRI scans; with about half of 40 year olds having a bulge which presents with no symptoms whatsoever. Approximately ¾ of symptomatic disc herniations will recover spontaneously; over a 6-9 month time-frame. Symptomatic disc herniations are most likely to occur in people aged 30-50; and most likely in the lower 2 discs; though above that age, they become more common higher in the spine.

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/low-back-pain/herniated-disc

    www.chiro-trust.org/advanced/lumbar-spine-herniated-intervertebral-disk-discogenic-radiculopathysciatica

    www.coxtechnic.com/about-us/flexion-distraction-relieves-spine-painLumbar

    Lumbar disc injuries

    Disc MRI

    Low Back Pain

    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your no obligation free chat.

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    We all want to find out more about any medical conditions we may suffer, but the information out there is almost always confusing, and always conflicting. Here’s a basic guide to filtering through the information to get what you need.
     
    The first point shouldn’t really need to be said, but please, remember that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and that spending an hour or so on google does not provide you with a better qualification than your medic/therapist’s degree and experience. However, you probably are an expert in your own body and how it feels.
    Use you medic/therapist as a first port of call for information, they should be happy to explain to you the basics of what is going on, and may provide you with, or point you in the direction of more information.
     
    Secondly there are various website, some specialising in 1 condition, some being more generalised. I will include a list of those that we like and trust at the end of this post.
     
    Now, how can you tell if the information you are reading is trustworthy? This is the big one; and essentially boils down to having a good bulls*** filter. Firstly, be suspicious of any site that is trying to sell you things; they may be more interested in your money than your health. Does the information ring true – does the information remain roughly the same across multiple independent sites? Or do they all disagree with each other on the broad strokes, let alone the details. The next thing is how it reads – does it appear to be written by and for professionals, or by and for laymen. The final thing to look at is the references – does it have any? Are they mostly written by the same person? Does there appear to be a good spread for the root source of information? Do those references look reputable (something like the British Journal of Sports Medicine looks (and is) legitimate, something hosted on Blogspot less so).
     
    These are some of the sites I trust, and often point patients to for further information:
    www.nhs.uk/pages/home
    www.physio-pedia.com/home
    www.physioadvisor.com.au
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net
    Research
    Dr Google
    Dr Siri
    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your no obligation free chat.
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