WHIPLASH

whiplash

What is Whiplash? Whiplash is defined as an acute acceleration/ deceleration injury to the cervical spine (neck), where the head is flung forwards and backwards at high speeds.  Whiplash injury can result in damage to the joints within the neck, the bones, the soft tissue surrounding the neck or damage to the neural tissue. It […]

TIPS FOR SELF-CARE OF YOUR BACK

Tips for self care of your back

Back pain is rarely the result of one incident or injury.  One of the keys to having a healthy back is understanding that most back injuries are the result of the cumulative effects of months or even years of poor posture, faulty body mechanics, stressful living and working habits, loss of flexibility and strength, and […]

TENNIS ELBOW (EXTENSOR TENDINOPATHY)

Tennis Elbow

If you have pain on the outside of your elbow and are involved in activities that require repeated use of your forearm (such as typing, painting, knitting, hammering or playing tennis) and have trouble with gripping objects you may have tennis elbow. What is Tennis Elbow (Extensor Tendinopathy)? Tennis elbow refers to the overuse of […]

SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT

Shoulder Impingement

What is Shoulder Impingement? Shoulder impingement is a condition in which the tendons or bursa within your shoulder joint get trapped intermittently during shoulder movement.  Trapping of these structures can cause sudden onset of pain and loss of movement, continually trapping or loading of these structures can result in tendinopathy or bursitis with ongoing pain. […]

SEVER’S DISEASE

Sever's Disease

If you’re a young basketballer/netballer/footballer and have heel pain when playing basketball or sports involving running or jumping, you may have a particular growth pain disorder called Sever’s Disease. What is Sever’s Disease? It is a condition (not a disease) usually affecting 9-15-year-olds that occurs at the back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon […]

SAFE LIFTING

Safe lifting

How lifting can injure your back When you lift, your back is put under stress. Twisting or jerking while lifting and carrying can injure the small facet joints that guide movement of the back. The discs that separate the vertebrae (bones) and the ligaments that hold them together are also at risk.  Discs are composed […]

ROTATOR CUFF REPAIR

Rotator Cuff Repair

What is a Rotator Cuff Repair? The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles and their tendons that attach from the scapula to the humerus.  The muscles of the rotator cuff help stabilise the shoulder and enable you to lift your arm.  The rotator cuff tendons can acutely tear or wear out as a result […]

ROTATOR CUFF TEAR

Rotator Cuff Tear

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear? A rotator cuff tear is a tear of one or more of your rotator cuff muscles that usually occur in the tendon where it connects to the shoulder. You have four rotator cuff muscles that originate at your shoulder blade and attach to the top of your arm to […]

QUADRICEPS MUSCLE STRAIN/TEAR

quadricep strain or tear

What is Quadriceps Muscle Strain? A quadriceps strain or tear is where the muscle fibres in the front of your thigh are suddenly overloaded and a degree of damage occurs in the muscle. The quadriceps are made up of four main muscles that connect from the front of your knee and join up near your […]

PATELLA FEMORAL JOINT PAIN (PFJP)

patella femoral pain

What is Patella Femoral Joint Pain (PFJP)? PFJP refers to pain in your knee, particularly around your knee cap. Your patella-femoral joint describes the joint in which your femur (thigh bone) and patella (knee cap) meet. Your knee cap sits and glides within a groove on the thigh bone. If the knee cap is not […]