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) […]

9 Feb 2018

Imaging Explained Part Two: MRI And Ultrasound scans

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) An MRI scan is a non-invasive scan that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to create images of your tissues. During the scan you will be asked to lie on a moveable table that will slowly pass through the donut shaped scanner to image certain areas of the body. The […]

25 May 2017

Why Do We Get Shoulder Pain When The Neck Is At Fault?

Neck and shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons patients see a Physio. Interestingly, quite often what is felt as shoulder pain is often diagnosed as a neck issue. There are a few reasons why pain can manifest in other regions of the body when the pain source is not so readily noticeable, […]

31 Mar 2017

Is Adverse Neural Tension Causing Your Hamstring Pain?

A common complaint among runners and other athletes is that niggling pain in their calves or hamstrings that doesn’t seem to go away after an injury. Most people are under the impression that “nerve” related pain has to be in the form of pins/needles, tingling or numbness. Nerve related pain or neural tension can actually mimic […]

1 Nov 2016

Muscle cramps – An Interesting New Theory For A Cure

Muscle Cramp Cure: An unexpected benefit of spicy food? As long as people have played sports, unexpected muscle cramps have been an Achilles’ heel for everyone from elite athletes to weekend warriors. For a long time it was thought that a cramp was the result of a muscle that was dehydrated, magnesium deficient, starved of […]

25 Aug 2016

Do Your Shoulder Blades Wing?

Scapular winging is a sign of muscular dysfunction of the muscles around the shoulder blade resulting in the base of the shoulder blade protruding from your back in an abnormal position. This winging of the shoulder blade occurs when any of the three muscles that stabilize the shoulder blade are not working in.  This leads to […]

13 Oct 2014

Nerve Pain 

Nerve pain, or neuropathic pain is a different type of pain which can be a challenge to treat, and can sometimes take longer to settle when compared to pain arising from muscles and joints (nociceptive). Nerve pain is characterised as any injury that directly effects the central and peripheral nervous system (brain, spinal cord and […]

15 Sep 2014

Muscle Cramps?

We have all had them, but exactly what is a cramp, what causes a cramp, and what do they mean? A muscle cramp is an involuntary, often painful, spasm of a muscle. These spasms last from a few seconds to minutes. The muscles of the foot and calf are most commonly affected. What causes a […]

28 Aug 2014

Tennis Elbow – Not Just About Tennis

Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondylalgia is the most common overuse injury to the elbow. It is, ironically more common in non-tennis players. We see a lot of this in our Sydney CBD Physio clinic, especially in office workers who spend long periods using the mouse or typing. What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow involves the […]

29 Apr 2013

Sciatica – My Leg Hurts!

What is sciatica? Sciatica refers to pain that travels down the back of the leg from the lower back or buttock to the foot due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is often accompanied by back pain, but normally the leg pain is worse than the back pain.