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

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

Ice or Heat

Let’s take a look at the therapeutic use of ice and heat. As a rule of thumb, you should apply an ice pack as soon as possible after an injury; applying it for 10-15 minutes, and repeating after 60-90 minutes. Make sure that the ice pack is dry, and covered in a layer of material. … Continue reading Ice or Heat

Neck Pain

Let’s take a look at neck pain. Neck pain is common, but not normal. Causes include trauma, poor posture, muscle strain, bone abnormalities, and more, the vast majority are not serious. Diagnosing neck pain may require X-rays, MRIs, and other imaging tests, though often imaging may show abnormalities that aren’t causing any pain. Consequently, imaging … Continue reading Neck Pain

Facet Syndrome

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

Cervicogenic Headaches

Let’s take a look at cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are headaches caused by structures in the neck, typically the muscles and the facet joints of the spine; they have a habit of developing chronicity. Given the strong link between stress, the muscles of the neck, and headaches; many tension headaches are simultaneously cervicogenic. There is … Continue reading Cervicogenic Headaches

Sports Bras

We’re in the season of New Year’s resolutions (and January sales) – so let’s talk about the most important piece of athletic wear for women – your sports bra! Repetitive trauma or bouncing up and down from jogging, jumping, dancing, or many other forms of activity, can cause permanent damage resulting in breasts dropping. The … Continue reading Sports Bras

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

Meniscoid Entrapment

Let’s talk about Meniscoid Entrapment Syndrome (AKA Cricked Neck) The small joints at the back of the spine are made up of 2 joint surfaces, covered by a ligament sheath which enclose the joint; and then filled with synovial fluid to act as lubricant. Because the shape of the joint surface is 2 outwardly curving … Continue reading Meniscoid Entrapment

Piriformis 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