7 Mar 2018

What Is A Baker’s Cyst?

A common condition you may have heard of is a Baker’s cyst. Just behind your knee near the top of your calf muscles is a bursa. A Baker’s cyst (aka popliteal cyst) is swelling behind the knee caused by an abnormal increase in the fluid inside this bursa. Symptoms of a Baker’s cyst can include: pronounced […]

7 Jan 2018

As An Athlete Should You Use Ice On The Sidelines Before Returning To Play?

I previously worked with a rugby team and it wasn’t too uncommon to have players ice problem areas, and back up between halves or different games, before going back on the field. Did it effect their performance? A systematic review was completed in 2011 and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012 which reviewed […]

5 Jan 2018

To Lunge Or Not To Lunge?

Lunges are an extremely diverse exercise as there are so many different variations of lunges that help you target different muscles. Squats and lunges both target your gluteal, quadricep and hamstring muscles but lunges have the benefit of being a single leg exercise which develop your single leg stability more. Lunges require greater stabilisation so […]

3 Jan 2018

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis which presents as painful inflammation in a joint. Tiny crystals form in the joints of the body as result of a build up of waste material called uric acid. Uric acid is excreted by the kidneys and builds up in the blood if it is not excreted fast enough or too much […]

30 Oct 2017

Five Top Spring Activities

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get active without feeling like it’s a chore! COASTAL WALKS – it’s that time of year where it’s not unbearably hot to go for walks at any point during the day. Coastal walks allow you to stretch your legs with a fresh coastal breeze and if you’re up to it you may even […]

27 Oct 2017

Did You Just Call Me Fat? Fat Pad Impingement

Patella fat pad impingement can be a frustrating injury for patients as it is easily aggravated and can tend to linger. As the name would suggest it involves the fat pad which lies just below and under the kneecap (patella). It can be an extremely uncomfortable injury as the fat pad is one of the most innervated […]

5 Oct 2017

The Complications Of Cortisone Injections

Firstly what is a cortisone injection and how does it work? Cortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory drug which is injected into areas of inflammation and pain (commonly tendons and joint spaces). Cortisone works to reduce inflammation more quickly than other forms of medication or inflammation management strategies. Cortisone injections aren’t usually the first point of […]

15 Aug 2017

Pes Anserine Bursitis and Tendinopathy

An out of the ordinary running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is Pes Anserine Bursitis or tendinopathy. Pes Anserine is the combined tendon attachment site on the lower inside part of your knee. Three tendons from three different muscles attach here – sartorius, gracilis and one of your hamstring muscles (semi-tendinosis). At this attachment site is also a […]

26 Jun 2017

Five Top Winter Activities To Stay Fit

1. Ice skating Apart from being a fun and social activity, it’s a great form of exercise that challenges your balance working your core muscles, as well as a form of lower limb strengthening. Be careful if it’s your first time! A couple of places in Sydney that have ice skating on offer include: – The Ice […]

26 May 2017

Big Toe Sesamoiditis

A complaint among some of our Barangaroo CBD runners recently has been that of big toe sesamoiditis. What is sesamoiditis you ask? Sounds more like a seasoning for a chicken stir fry if you ask me. Let me help break this down for you. ‘Sesamoid’ is a type of bone and ‘itis’ by definition means inflammation. […]