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

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

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

Achilles Tendinopathy

Let’s take a look at achilles tendinopathy. Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury caused by repetitive energy storage and release with excessive compression. This can lead to a sudden injury, or in the worst case, can cause a rupture of the Achilles tendon. In both cases, a lack of flexibility or a stiff Achilles … Continue reading Achilles Tendinopathy

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

PatelloFemoral Pain Syndrome

Let’s take a look at patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS).AKA runners’ knee. PFPS is pain that originates between the kneecap and thighbone. The pain is felt at the front of the knee, either under or around the edges of the kneecap; it is typically more noticeable going up stairs or walking or jogging uphill. The root … Continue reading PatelloFemoral Pain Syndrome

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