Acute low back pain

Back Care Awareness week is drawing to a close, so let’s take a look at acute low back pain (Acute LBP). Back care awareness week is organised by BackCare, and supported by the British Chiropractic Association amongst others. Exercises for low back pain LBP is the fifth most common reason for physician visits, which affects … Continue reading Acute low back pain

Aromatherapy

This coming week is Aromatherapy Awareness Week, run by @IFAaromatherapy and @AromatherapyCouncilUK, so what actually is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is usually applied through the form of massage, but can also be administered in a number of other ways (such as inhalation, compress, home remedies like creams and lotions) depending on your individual case and needs. An … Continue reading Aromatherapy

Acute Care

Let’s take a look at acute care. Please note that acute means very recent, it does not comment on severity. In this case, we’re talking about the first 3 days after injury, and that isn’t severe enough to justify A&E (or if they release you with nothing too much to worry about). If your problem … Continue reading Acute Care

IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Let’s take a look at Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). AKA ITB friction syndrome. People who participate in intense physical training, such as runners, cyclists, and military recruits, are most susceptible to ITBS. They may notice a sharp pain that comes and goes at the outside of the knee. Over time, the pain may become more … Continue reading IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Axial Spondyloarthritis

Today is World AS Day, brought to us by @asif.spondylitis and @NationalAxialSpondyloarthritisSociety, so let’s take a look at Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpAr / AS) 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 as … Continue reading Axial Spondyloarthritis

Lyme Disease

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

T4 Syndrome

Let’s take a look at T4 syndrome. T4 syndrome, or more accurately “upper thoracic syndrome”, is a rare and perhaps under-recognized clinical entity. The most common cause of T4 syndrome is overuse injury and it usually seen in patients who perform excessive amounts of bending, lifting and twisting movements seen in sports such as gymnastics … Continue reading T4 Syndrome

Tendinopathy

Let’s take a look at tendinopathy. AKA Tendonitis Tendinopathy is irritation and pain localised in or around a tendon, which is a band of fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone and transmits the force and action of the muscle. Injury is usually a repetitive strain, or overuse injury; but can also be an acute … Continue reading Tendinopathy