physiotherapy

A blog about physiotherapy.

Is the Robocop knee brace the new ‘must have’ for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis? The celebrities seem to think that it is …

11Sep

Recent media stories, a landmark study and the Autumn/Winter TV schedules highlight the Össur Unloader’s ability to offer pain relief, improve function and maintain a healthy lifestyle Recent national news stories (London, UK – August, 2017) have drawn attention to the … Continue reading

  

Everything You Need to Know About Physician Incentive Plans

3Mar

Physician Incentive Plans

  In healthcare, there are a wide number of options that offer monetary incentives to healthcare providers. These are known as Physician Incentives Plans, or PIP for short. There are currently around 40 different PIP available across the United States, … Continue reading

  

Never say never …

4Jun

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In February this year I wrote a blog about my running – or should I say a lack of! Late last year, the GP had sent me to the hospital for X-rays as I’d been complaining of very sore knee … Continue reading

  

Accommodating the ageing body!

1Jun

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These observations are offered for the benefit of anyone of bus-pass age who is getting annoying aches and pains and is attributing them to ‘age’ or the onset of arthritis…. A year or so ago my right hip was starting to … Continue reading

  

Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…

13Jan

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 So, you’ve signed up for the London Marathon? Here are some generalised training tips and knowledge to help. OK, not the London Marathon, but I do like this shot of me and the huskies on the Brecon Beacons! A marathon … Continue reading

  

Back To Basics – Take Control of Back and Neck Pain

19Oct

If the statistics are to be believed – and sometimes at least they must be right – then 17 million people in the UK are affected by back pain.  That is 80% of us and certainly includes me – and … Continue reading

  

Why does my knee hurt when I run?

30Sep

The success of the London 2012 Olympics has had a huge impact upon society including the greater participation in sporting activities. This is a truly vital legacy and we must seek to pervade this healthy mindset to all corners of … Continue reading

  

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 2: What can we do?

29Sep

Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) is commonly seen in my clinics, either as a feature observed or as a problem in itself – see previous blog. Commonly people desecribe pain, poor spatial awareness (so-called clumsiness), flat-footedness, problems with walking and controlling movement. … Continue reading

  

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 1 – what are the problems?

29Sep

I see many people who are hypermobile, in other words, are able to move certain joints through a greater range. But what is normal? With so many being able to do this including some of the best known athletes, what … Continue reading

  

Back pain in football and sport

4Sep

Back pain is a common experience across society. Millions are spent each year on treatment yet we do not seem to be making any significant progress in tackling this vast problem. Undoubtedly footballers are also subject to spinal aches and … Continue reading

  

Another hamstring injury, but how serious is it?

4Sep

The hamstring injury is one of football’s blights, affecting so many of our best known players. The latest is Andy Carroll who sustained the injury yesterday in his first game at West Ham – read here. The extent of the injury will … Continue reading

  

Do you have difficulties getting out of a chair?

8May

The ability to stand up from a chair is a key skill to maintain independence and mobility. As you get older you lose strength in the hip and knee extensors which are the muscles that help straighten our legs. In this blog … Continue reading

  

Tackling chronic pain – it’s like learning a new language..and unlearning an old

7May

Tackling chronic pain is a challenge. Undoubtedly our understanding of pain, the role of the nervous system and other body systems, has advanced to permit a reconceptualisation of the experience and how we can approach it. The knowledge that there … Continue reading

  

Reconceptualising pain for better treatment – a revolution? A revelation?

7May

Traditionally pain is understood to be an unpleasant experience in the body where a problem exists, and is something to be got rid of as quickly as possible. The so-called ‘biomedical model’ considers which structures require treatment or surgery, stopping … Continue reading

  

Teaching an old dog new tricks

7May

Not that I am calling anyone an ‘old dog’, ’you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’  is a universally understood phrase implying that once we are set in our ways, change is impossible. This is simply not the case. I am … Continue reading

  

The hamstring

7May

The hamstring  Hamstring injuries are common in football. Often seen as the player pulling up having been sprinting, he clutches the back of his thigh, then hopping or hitting the floor. The amount of pain can vary as in any … Continue reading

  

The importance of the first minutes, hours and days of an injury

1May

Sustaining an injury is commonplace in sport. What happens in the first few minutes, hours and days can play a big part in how well we recover. The injury needs to be diagnosed and understood, for example an ankle twisting … Continue reading