COMMON CHILDHOOD INJURIES

Kids Stretching Playing Sport

Participation in sport is important for children as it teaches them how to work in a team and enhances their motor skills. However, with sports, injuries can always arise. These injuries may be minor or serious and require assessment and management by a physiotherapist. It has become common for children to be participating in high […]

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 […]

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 […]

VERTIGO (BPPV)

Vertigo

What is Vertigo (BPPV)? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common disorder of the inner ear’s vestibular system, which is a vital part of maintaining balance.  BPPV is benign, meaning that it is not life-threatening nor generally progressive. BPPV produces a sensation of spinning called vertigo that is both paroxysmal and positional, meaning […]

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 […]