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

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

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

Chiropractic

This coming week is chiropractic awareness week, so… what actually is chiropractic? Typical chiropractic treatment consists of far more than the spinal manipulative therapy that most of us think of. We take an holistic approach to our patients, realising that whilst the spine may be a central source of many of our pains and problems, … Continue reading Chiropractic

Dysevolution

Today is @WorldHealthDay, brought to us by the @WHO so let’s look at some general principals, rather than any specific conditions. For the last 50 years or so, we have been seeing “epidemics” of non-communicable diseases such back pain, obesity, diabetes, allergies & intolerances etc. These can be seen as diseases of dysevolution (AKA evolutionary … Continue reading Dysevolution

Frozen Shoulder

Let’s take a look at frozen shoulder.AKA adhesive capsulitis. Frozen shoulder is a chronic shoulder condition typically lasting 1.5 - 2 years; but can be triple that. It is characterised by both pain and restricted movement. The cause is often unknown, though it is related to immobility of the shoulder (eg after keeping your arm … Continue reading Frozen Shoulder

Sleep Hygiene

Today is World Sleep Day, hosted by @wasmf. So let’s take a look at sleep hygiene. The modern world seems to be seeing an “epidemic” of insomnia, with its knock on effects throughout the body as our hormone levels are thrown out of balance by so many aspects of life (mood, mental state, appetite and … Continue reading Sleep Hygiene