30 May 2017

Runner’s Knee Pain

Coming into the Sydney running season we, as Physio’s, are inundated with lower limb injuries. Working in private practice particularly around this time of year is what I describe as ‘monotoknee’. Every third patient seems to present with a similar knee pain due to running, known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, or more commonly as ‘Runners Knee’. […]

2 Jul 2016

Evidence Supporting Running Retraining For Lower Limb Injuries: PART THREE

In this blog, the most recent evidence and expert opinion surrounding running retraining considerations for iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS), patellar tendinopathy, and proximal hamstring tendinopathy, will be discussed. Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS) Some experts advocated the use of running retraining for ITBFS and recommended strategies including: Reducing hip adduction and internal rotation i.e. […]

3 May 2016

Evidence Supporting Running Retraining For Lower Limb Injuries: PART ONE

Altering your running technique may help to treat running injuries by reducing load in certain muscle groups and joints. Despite the limited amount of quality research, a recent mixed-methods study reviewing the literature has provided some clearer evidence on the effect of running retraining for common running injuries, including: Foot & Lower Leg Pathologies Anterior […]

19 Oct 2011

But My Knee Hurts! What’s The Hip Got To Do With It?

Knees are funny things.  On the surface, they appear to be a simple hinge, allowing a fair degree of forward/backward motion (extension/flexion) and not much else.  Under the surface, however, the complexities of the knee are revealed including three different joints, a multitude of ligaments, menisci and cartilage

20 May 2011

What is Neural Mobility and how is it affecting my flexibility?

Neural mobility is an important aspect of flexibility, and may be what’s holding you back from improving your flexibility. Often that feeling of “tightness” or muscle tension we feel can actually be related to tension in our nerves (Neural Tension) rather than muscles.

20 May 2011

Why Do My Joints Click and Creak?

As a Physio, we commonly get asked, “Why do my joints click?”, or, “What is it that makes that funny clicking noise in my neck/knee/shoulder?”.  This is most often followed by, “Is it doing any damage?”.

20 May 2011

Just What Is The Difference Between A Muscle, Tendon and Ligament?

These words are often discussed on the sports field, at the Physiotherapy clinic or over the water-cooler at the office: but just what is the difference between these structures and what is it that they actually do?

13 May 2011

Can You Stand On One Foot and Close Your Eyes? Proprioception Retraining

No, it’s not some bizarre party trick!  If you’ve ever sprained your ankle or had a knee injury, your Physio is likely to have made you do this at some stage during your treatment.  The reason for this is to retrain your proprioception.  So what does this mean and why is it important?

13 May 2011

Foam Roller….Dreaded But Effective!

You may have heard about, seen or even experienced a love/hate relationship with a foam roller. So, what is a foam roller?

13 May 2011

Get Into The Groove With McConnell Knee Taping

McConnell taping was initially developed by Jenny McConnell, an Australian Physiotherapist, to guide the gliding pattern of the patella (kneecap) in people who experience pain at the front of the knee.  The taping technique uses rigid tape over a joint in an attempt to normalise the joint’s movement.