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Ultrasound: How Does Ultrasound Work

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There are two main types of ultrasound – diagnostic and therapeutic.  When most people think about ultrasound, they think of the ‘the thing you have when you are pregnant’. This is correct!  If you have had bursitis, for example, your GP or physio may have referred you for an ultrasound. This is a diagnostic one…

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ITB Syndrome: Physiotherapy for ITB Syndrome

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Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), or iliotibial band friction syndrome, is a common and often persistent knee injury that causes pain on the outside of the knee.   ITBS is an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements and is frequently seen in runners and cyclists.  ITBS is generally managed conservatively with physiotherapy and temporary modification to some…

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Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury

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Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues in your neck. It occurs when your head moves backwards and then forward very suddenly and with great force. This movement can strain the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs or nerves in your neck. It is a very common injury following a rear-end car collision, or even from…

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Meniscus Tear: Symptoms, Physiotherapy Treatment and Recovery

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What Is A Meniscus? In the knee there are two menisci (fibrocartilage pads) that sit between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).  The medial meniscus sits on the inner-side of the knee joint, and the lateral meniscus on the outer-side of the knee joint. The menisci act as shock absorbers. So, as you…

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Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

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Many people experience lower back pain at some point in their life; whether it be after picking something up awkwardly, sitting for too long or even during pregnancy.  Experiencing pain during your pregnancy is not uncommon and can occur for many reasons. It is not something to be fearful of, and know that there are…

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Patellar Tendinopathy: What Is Patellar Tendinopathy

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Patellar tendinopathy is a source of knee pain arising from injury to the patellar tendon.  The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the patella (kneecap) to the top of the shin bone (tibia).  The tendon works with the thigh muscles to extend the knee. Patellar tendinopathy can develop when the patellar tendon becomes damaged by…

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Physiotherapy For Your Knee Pain

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What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition involving pain at the front of the knee, around or behind the kneecap (patella). This pain is generally due to contact between the patella and thigh bone (femur), which over time can affect the joint surface.   PFPS is often referred to as “runner’s…

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Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know

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Have you been told you have Osteoarthritis? Unsure of what it is or what you can do about it? Have a read! What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a very broad umbrella term which encompasses more than 100 different medical conditions, all of which affect the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis specifically effects the joints in the body…

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Cervicogenic Headaches: Best Physiotherapy Treatment

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There are a number of causes of headaches.  Some common types of headaches include migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches and neck-related headaches (cervicogenic headaches). In this post, we will talk about cervicogenic neck headaches and how to treat them What Are Cervicogenic Headaches? Cervicogenic headaches are chronic headaches that originate from the neck and are…

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Running Post-Pregnancy: Returning To Running After Pregnancy

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Welcome to the wonderful (but challenging!) world of motherhood.  Your body has been through a lot throughout your pregnancy, whether you experienced morning (or all day) sickness, back pain, pubic pain, fatigue, nausea or reflux … .  Now that baby has FINALLY arrived and things are starting to settle (a little!), you might be starting…

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Ankle Sprains: 3 Phases For Recovery

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We’ve probably all rolled our ankle at one time or other, though perhaps not seriously. What Is A Sprained Ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries and can happen simply by ‘twisting’ or ‘rolling’ your ankle when stepping on an uneven surface. They commonly occur in sport with running on uneven ground, sudden changes of direction,…

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Dry Needling: How Does Dry Needling Work

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What is Dry Needling? Dry needling is the application of a fine calibre needle through the skin and into the underlying fascia, muscle tissue and myofascial trigger points.  The needles are single-use only, meaning they are sterile and are discarded immediately after use. What is a myofascial trigger point? In simple terms, myofascial trigger points…

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Pialtes: The 6 Principles Of Pilates Explained

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What exactly is Pilates?   And what are the 6 key Pilates principles that make it tick? Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates, who as a child, had illnesses that left him quite frail. He tried to overcome the effects of his sicknesses, by researching different exercise methods. While he was researching, he became fond…

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Tennis Elbow: Treatment For Tennis Elbow

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Getting to Grips with Tennis Elbow What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow, or as it is known in medical terms, lateral epicondylagia, causes pain on the outer elbow due to tiny injuries to tendons and muscles around the elbow. What causes Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow occurs when the muscles on the top of the forearm…

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Bursitis: Treatment For Bursitis

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You have been having pain for a little while now and have been to the doctor to be diagnosed with bursitis. But what actually is bursitis? What can cause it? And most importantly, you are wondering what can I do to fix it?! We are so glad you asked! What is bursitis? Bursitis, is essentially…

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Running When Pregnant: What You Need To Know

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Growing a tiny human inside your tummy, every expectant mum wants to protect their little bundle of joy in every way possible.But there can be so many questions…. Are you are unsure if exercise like running when pregnant is safe? Have been told many conflicting things from friends, colleagues and maybe even your Obstetrician? Have…

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Physiotherapy In Pregnancy: Is Physiotherapy Safe During Early Pregnancy?

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Physiotherapy is perfectly safe during early pregnancy and can be an effective way of keeping your pregnancy related aches and pains to a minimum. It can also help to improve your mobility, making for a much smoother pregnancy and labour. However, it is important to tell your Physiotherapist that you are pregnant as your treatment…

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