23 Nov 2017

Common Touch Rugby and Oztag Injuries

What are the most common ouch Rugby and Oztag Injuries? And how should they be managed early on? Now the days are getting longer you have probably noticed that our community parks are being more frequented by those well-wintered, tan-less body parts. It can only mean one thing – everyone’s favourite midweek social sports are back! […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]

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 […]

30 May 2017

Runner’s Knee Pain

Coming into the Sydney running season we, as Physio’s, are inundated with lower limb injuries. Working in private practice particularly around this time of year is what I describe as ‘monotoknee’. Every third patient seems to present with a similar knee pain due to running, known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, or more commonly as ‘Runners Knee’. […]

10 May 2017

Returning To Exercise After Injury: Going Through Rehab As A Physio

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I have injuries. As a Physio this is hard to admit, because we are all perfect, right? Prior to my injuries, I was running 2-3 times per week, going to the gym 4 times per week and doing Pilates 3 times per week. In August last year I developed […]

9 Mar 2017

Should You Stretch Before Exercising?

If you’ve read anything on this topic in the past fifteen years or so, then you’ve already heard what I’m about to tell you. But if not, here’s a bombshell to kick us off: you don’t need to stretch before exercising. I’m not really one for bombshells though. Black and white statements like that, though […]

2 Sep 2016

Should We Brace Ourselves For This?

The challenge with treating low back pain, as with many other types of pain, is that there is not one-size-fits-all advice because everyone is different. There is no perfect exercise for everyone, and no wonder drug. Nor is there a cure-all mattress at your local furniture store. Bottom line: There is no magic cure. However, […]

3 Jul 2016

What Are NSAIDs?

Did you know that in 2013, Australians spent approximately 629 million dollars on over-the-counter painkillers? What are NSAIDs? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are commonly used in the management of pain and inflammation associated with many musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. How do NSAIDs work? Prostaglandins are hormone-like chemicals in the body that contribute to inflammation, pain and […]

4 May 2016

Is “Overuse” Really The Issue In Running Injuries?

The term ‘overuse injury’ is common and for runners (and triathletes, cyclists and more) this broadly covers the common things that ail us- tendon pain, knee pain, stress fractures and so on. All are problems that simply appear in the course of training without a sudden accident. It seems right that “overuse” must be risky, […]

30 Oct 2015

Wondering About A Standing Desk? Your Questions Answered.

You’ve all heard about standing desks. They were very on trend for a while and continue to grow in popularity around the city. Their arrival was heralded gushing articles extoling their virtues. Then came the retaliation articles that were firmly against them. Of course, there is no black/white answer so here’s my perspective as a […]