6 Sep 2018

Omega 6: Omega 3 Ratio And Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a thoroughly researched condition in health due to the high prevalence in society and unfortunately the debilitating impact on quality of life.  Knee Osteoarthritis is a very common condition seen at Bend + Mend. Our Physio, Alice has written two great blogs on What Osteoarthritis is, and some exercises to assist with Pain […]

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 […]

15 Dec 2017

Achilles Insertional Tendinopathy

A recent patient of mine presented with long standing Achillies tendinopathy. Having not done well with an eccentric loading programme, Shockwave therapy or rest with his fair share of anti-inflammatory medication, he opted for surgical review to try and settle his pain in the hope he could return to playing Soccer one day. As part […]

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! […]

5 Oct 2017

The Complications Of Cortisone Injections

Firstly what is a cortisone injection and how does it work? Cortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory drug which is injected into areas of inflammation and pain (commonly tendons and joint spaces). Cortisone works to reduce inflammation more quickly than other forms of medication or inflammation management strategies. Cortisone injections aren’t usually the first point of […]

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 […]

3 Nov 2016

Hamstring Tendinopathy: A Real Pain In The Butt!

A common running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is proximal hamstring tendinopathy. Patients generally come in complaining of deep buttock pain or upper thigh pain. This pain originates from where the hamstrings attach onto the “sit” bones (aka your ischial tuberosities) of your pelvic bone. This deep pain usually comes on gradually and […]

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 […]

18 Jan 2016

Injury and Alcohol…Not A Great Combination

At this time of year it may be easier to indulge in a few more drinks as part of the celebration of holidays and spending time with family and friends, but you may be wondering, how does that affect my injury? Or you may feel like everything was getting better with my injury but it […]