Tissue Healing

Let’s take a look at your healing process. The following applies to any injury, and is just the body’s way of dealing with (physical) injury. After an injury occurs, you go through 3-4 phases of healing. 1. Bleeding, or clotting; typically lasting hours, can be days. In this phase, blood vessels close down to minimise … Continue reading Tissue Healing

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Let’s take a look at rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systematic autoimmune inflammatory disease and results in persistent inflammation of synovial tissue especially of the wrists, hands and feet. Individuals with RA are 8 times more likely to have functional disability compared with adults in the general population from the same community. … Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sciatica

Let’s take a look at sciatica. Sciatica is the term given to symptoms experienced from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve; it is not a diagnosis so much as a collection of symptoms; so a diagnosis will still be needed before starting treatment. The sensation of sciatica will be familiar to anyone who’s banged … Continue reading Sciatica

Lyme Disease

May is Lyme disease awareness months, organised by Lyme Disease UK and Lyme Disease Action , so let’s talk about Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans from tick bites; with an estimated 2,000-3,000 cases a year through England and Wales; with about 15% having been acquired abroad. Ticks don’t jump … Continue reading Lyme Disease

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Today is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, brought to us by Spinal Injuries Association; so let’s take a look at cauda equina syndrome (CES). Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where the bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord become compressed. Typically this … Continue reading Cauda Equina Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, let’s take a look at fibromyalgia (FMS). Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Because the classic symptoms of FMS aren't very distinctive, the condition is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Those common symptoms include pain and tender points, fatigue, sleep disturbance, concentration issues, anxiety or depression, morning stiffness, numbness … Continue reading Fibromyalgia

Axial Spondyloarthritis

Today is World AS Day, brought to us by ASIF and National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, so let’s take a look at Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) Axial Spondyloarthritis is a progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, which involves the spine. It affects up to 1 in 200 people in the general population, and may account for as much … Continue reading Axial Spondyloarthritis

Temporomandibular Disorder

Let’s take a look at temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD is a problem affecting the muscles and joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. Up to 30% of adults will experience TMD at some point in their lives. The condition itself isn't usually serious, and the symptoms – pain, jaw joint clicking … Continue reading Temporomandibular Disorder

Leg Length Inequality

Let’s take a look at leg length inequality (LLI)AKA: Anisomelia or Leg Length Discrepency). None of us are built straight; we might have a nose that points slightly to the left, an ear that’s lower than the other, or a breast that’s larger than its twin. In about 90% of us, one leg is longer … Continue reading Leg Length Inequality