Let’s take a look at rotator cuff tears, or tendinopathy. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles which hold your arm to your shoulder blade. Despite their group name they do not cause much movement of the joint, rotation or otherwise; rather they stabilise and control the movement caused by other, larger muscles. … Continue reading Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
Let’s take a look at facet syndrome. Facet syndrome is the irritation of the structures that form the facet joints – the small joints in the spine, which control movement. These can be irritated by pinching or stretching of the capsular ligaments which surround the joint, as a result of repeated micro-trauma, or as a … Continue reading Facet Syndrome
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
May is Lyme disease awareness months, organised by @LymeDiseaseUK 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 or fly, but climb onto … Continue reading Lyme Disease
Let’s take a look at subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS).AKA subacromial pain syndrome or rotator cuff impingement SIS is a symptomatic irritation of the structures passing through the narrow space below the acromion of the shoulder (the hard, flat bone forming the “roof” of the shoulder). Consequently, it is a syndrome made up of many different … Continue reading Impingement Syndrome
Let’s take a look at Sports Taping. Kinesiology taping (KT) differs from traditional taping with Zinc Oxide tape (ZnOT). ZnOT is a rigid, inflexible tape used mostly to limit ranges of motion and to constrict muscle movement. The effect of ZnOT is to prevent injured tissue moving too far and being re-injured; or to reduce … Continue reading Sports Taping
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Let's take a look at thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). TOS is a term used to describe the compression of the brachial plexus; a grouping of nerves in the neck and shoulder region. Compression of these structures can cause pain, tingling, numbness and weakness from the shoulder and into the arm – often described as ‘sciatica … Continue reading Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Let’s take a look at piriformis syndrome.AKA deep gluteal syndrome (DGS). Piriformis syndrome is a form of sciatica where the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is a muscle deep in the buttocks and is a primary stabilizer for the hip, lifting and rotating the thigh away from … Continue reading Piriformis Syndrome
Let’s take a look at shin splints. Shin splints are common in people who do a lot of springing on the balls of their feet, such as runners, tennis players and fell-walkers. They aren't usually serious, but can stop you from exercising and may get worse if you ignore them; it's important not to run … Continue reading Shin Splints
Love Activity, But Hate Exercise?
As we’re getting to the point where New Year’s Resolutions are starting to struggle; let’s have a look at getting and keeping active. PE has a lot to answer for. If it brings to mind freezing changing rooms and slogging through muddy fields then it’s likely you’re not alone in those thoughts. The inspiration that … Continue reading Love Activity, But Hate Exercise?