20 Apr 2018

Weight Gain And Knee Pain – A ‘Big’ Link

Over the last decade Australia’s health has continued to worsen and burden our economy and health care system. In 2014/15 almost 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children (aged 2-17) were overweight or obese in Australia. In 2011, 5 % of the burden of disease was attributed to individuals being overweight and obese. […]

18 Apr 2018

Wear And Tear Of Your Joints

Wear and tear, also often known as Osteoarthritis or degeneration, is a very common condition affecting the joints. The bones that form our joints are covered in a smooth tissue called cartilage. When a joint develops arthritis, this cartilage becomes thinner and its surface roughened. The bone underneath this cartilage becomes thicker and the bone […]

13 Mar 2018

Chondromalacia Patellae or ‘Runner’s Knee’

What Is Chondromalacia Patellae? Everyone has heard the term ‘Runner’s Knee’, but what exactly is it, and what causes the pain in the front of your knee? Runner’s Knee is more formally known as Chondromalacia Patellae or Patellofemoral Syndrome. Chondromalacia Patellae is the break down of cartilage, either over the surface of the patella (knee cap) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]