TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT

Knee Replacement

What is a Total Knee Replacement (TKR)? When health professionals use expressions such as ‘total knee’, they mean a joint replacement operation in which the complete knee joint is replaced.  An artificial joint is called a prosthesis.  There are many different kinds of prostheses and are all made of materials such as metal, plastic or […]

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 […]

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 […]

CALF MUSCLE STRAIN/TEAR

Woman with calf strain or tear

Sharp stabbing, tearing sensation in your calf whilst accelerating, jumping or running? You may have sustained a calf strain/tear. What is a calf muscle strain/tear? A calf strain/tear is usually an acute injury where the muscle fibres in your calf are overstretched or torn resulting in a degree of damage to the muscle. This generally […]

BACK PAIN

Man holding sore back

Back pain is pain that is felt in the lower part of the spine.  It is a sign that the joints, muscles or other parts of the back are injured, strained or not working properly.  Back pain is very common with four out of five people experiencing it at some time in their lives.  Most […]