12 Dec 2016

Cracking Joints: Lets Knuckle Down Before Christmas.

You might crack your knuckles by pulling the tip of each finger, make a fist or bending your fingers backwards. And if you do one of these things, its more than likely the person sitting next to you is wincing, or has said that cracking your hands will give you arthritis… So what makes that […]

29 Aug 2016

Patient Of The Month for September

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the month for September is Jenny Rapson! Jenny says: As someone who has inherited the arthritis gene resulting in hip replacements and spinal fusions I have found my Pilates sessions with Bonnie and Phoebe extremely beneficial.   I have been able to maintain full mobility and notice I have increased […]

22 Jan 2016

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Is it The Same As “Arthritis”?

The main difference between Osteoarthritis (what we commonly know as “arthritis”) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on the joints and the body’s response to this wear. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints. […]

14 Dec 2015

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterised by widespread, persistent pain, which is accompanied by several other chronic diseases that can severely impact a person’s daily life. It is not just one condition but a complex syndrome that involves many different factors. Statistics show that Fibromyalgia affects 2-5% of the population. It affects women more than men, […]

30 Nov 2015

What Is Bursitis?

Bursa are fluid filled sacs, which cushion pressure and lubricate points between the bones, tendons, and muscles that sit near the joints. This cushioning and lubrication allows our joints to move easily. There are approximately 160 bursa in the body. They vary in size depending on the individual and the location in the body. Bursitis […]

12 Oct 2015

My Scan Showed I Have Arthritis. Is It Really ‘Bone On Bone’?

We’ve heard it before – people might assume that if a scan shows any sign of arthritis that their joints are down to ‘bone on bone’, but what does that really mean? The cartilage in our joints, although designed to absorb shock and load, unfortunately doesn’t heal well. In arthritis, the cartilage first becomes dehydrated […]

19 Aug 2014

Hip Osteoarthritis: It Affects the Young and Old

The hip is important in transmitting forces from the leg through to the spine. A proper functioning hip is essential in tasks such as walking, standing up from sitting and getting into and out of your car. However, when problems occur within the hip joint it becomes increasingly difficult to perform these tasks. This can […]

7 Feb 2012

Bunions

Ever wondered what that lump is on the side of Grandma’s big toe?  Worried that it might happen to you?  Well the cause of bunions is still somewhat undecided but read ahead for more information on the topic!

9 Jun 2011

Arthritis Answers

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints. It is a major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia with 3.85 million Australians affected. Arthritis can vary considerably from mild ‘wear and tear’ in the joints which may present as occasional stiffness, to severe degeneration and pain […]