1 Dec 2018

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Anatomy: The two main tendons of your thumb, EPB and APL, run closely together at the base of your thumb. These tendons are surrounds by a soft tissue called synovium and are then encased in a tendon sheath.  ‘Tenosynovitis’ is swelling or inflammation of the tendon and synovium causing increased friction on the sheath, resulting […]

1 Nov 2018

Pre-Patellar Bursitis

Pre-Patellar Bursitis

What is Pre-patellar Bursitis? Bursae are small, jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body.  They exist around the body at most joints, such as the shoulder, knee, elbow and heel.  They contain small amounts of fluid and act as a cushion/lubricant between joint surfaces, between bones and tendons/muscles as to reduce friction and allow […]

3 May 2018

Lisfranc Injury

Lisfranc joint refers to the articulation of the tarsal bones to the metatarsals forming the tarsometatarsal joints of the midfoot. It was named after Jacques Lisfranc de St Martin, a French surgeon with in Napoleon’s army. He described amputation through the metatarsal joints as a swift solution to gangrene that occurred when soldiers fell off […]

30 Apr 2018

What Is A Bruise?

What Is A Bruise?

You’ve been experiencing these colourful splotches since you were that over-excited kid in the sand pit all those years ago, but what actually is a bruise? A bruise results from trauma to small blood vessels in your body called capillaries. The impact causes these capillaries to break and the blood they carry to be leaked […]

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 […]

15 Mar 2018

Tips To Avoid Hamstring Strain During Pre-Season

Tips To Avoid Hamstring Strain During Pre-Season

As an avid Sports Physio, I am constantly inundated with questions from players on how to avoid injury or pain, usually during pre-season training. A common concern of older players is how to avoid pulling a “hammy”. During this pre-season to date, I have seen at least one hamstring injury per week, so I have […]

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 […]

27 Dec 2017

New Year Resolutions – How To Reach Yours Without Reaching For The Ice Pack!

Many people set New Years Resolutions and hope to accomplish something new or important in the coming year. A large percentage of people have a health and fitness goal, whether this is to lose weight, improve their fitness or just be generally more active. This is a fantastic goal and congratulations on making the first […]

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! […]