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 […]

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 […]

4 Nov 2016

Will Running Wear Out My Knees?  

No doubt you have heard or been told by a colleague (or sadly by your Doctor or Physiotherapist) that running wears out your joints and that each step you take will lead you to a lifetime of knee replacements. Has this statement previously instilled enough fear to cut your running career short or prevent it […]

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. […]

19 Nov 2015

What are PRP Injections?…Will They Fix My Injury?

What are PRP Injections? They was first developed in 1970s PRP is for ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma’ Therapy Blood usually contains 6% platelets, whereas PRP has a significantly increased platelet concentration. The platelet rich plasma contains several growth factors and healing factors, which are believed to help accelerate the healing process. Who is it used for? PRP […]

12 Oct 2015

My Scan Showed I Have Arthritis. Is It Really ‘Bone On Bone’?

We’ve heard it before – people might assume that if a scan shows any sign of arthritis that their joints are down to ‘bone on bone’, but what does that really mean? The cartilage in our joints, although designed to absorb shock and load, unfortunately doesn’t heal well. In arthritis, the cartilage first becomes dehydrated […]

26 Mar 2015

Persistent Hip Pain In The Younger Athlete

Hip pain is a more common presenting symptom in the younger athlete than the mature adult. Contusions and muscular strains are the most common injuries about the hip and pelvis but what about unexplained, persistent hip pain? There are a number of possible causes of persistent hip pain in the younger athlete. Apophysitis An apophysis […]

19 Aug 2014

Hip Osteoarthritis: It Affects the Young and Old

The hip is important in transmitting forces from the leg through to the spine. A proper functioning hip is essential in tasks such as walking, standing up from sitting and getting into and out of your car. However, when problems occur within the hip joint it becomes increasingly difficult to perform these tasks. This can […]

9 Jun 2011

Arthritis Answers

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints. It is a major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia with 3.85 million Australians affected. Arthritis can vary considerably from mild ‘wear and tear’ in the joints which may present as occasional stiffness, to severe degeneration and pain […]