Experienced Dry Needling Physiotherapist Sarah King explains the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling and why your arm or head pain may actually be coming from a muscle in your back.
At the start of the season, most athletes are feeling primed and excited to get back on the field/track/court. Whether its pulled hamstrings, quadriceps or groin strains, muscle strains can put a huge halt to your in-season performance. Our physiotherapist Feisal gives us an insight into managing these all-too-familiar injuries.
Sports that involve repetitive and forceful bouts of hyperextension of the lumbar spine create a risk for developing low back pain. A specific overuse injury that may occur with such sports is a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis (spondylolysis). Principal Practitioner Jonathan Tan discusses the importance of picking up signs of a developing lumbar stress fracture early and the implications a full stress fracture can have on young athletes.
The Pes Anserinus is a structure comprising of the conjoined tendons of 3 different muscles - Sartorius, Gracilis and Semitendinosus. This structure can often be a source of pain, most commonly in runners and recreational athletes. Senior Physiotherapist Sue Lin Kalisch discusses in our latest blog.
The achilles tendon is located at the back of the ankle and is made of strong fibres that connect your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel bone (calcaneus). It gives you the ability to push off from the ground during walking and running. Achilles tendinopathy is the breakdown of these fibres and can occur either where it attaches to the heel bone or roughly 5-10cm above this. It is generally a result of repetitive over-use of the achilles tendon, causing it to gradually become swollen, painful and stiff.
Medical Imaging such as X-Ray and MRI are incredibly useful tools in making a diagnosis. However, a patient's symptoms and the results of imaging don't always correlate. This is well documented in low back pain and well advised in the physiotherapy profession. Principal Physiotherapist Jonathan Tan discusses a case study involving an acute sporting injury where this advice proved to be true, resulting in great success.