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?

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

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]