25 Sep 2018

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a very broad term for a group of conditions that involves the compression of nerves and/or blood vessels as they pass through the thoracic outlet between the neck and the armpit. While the most common site of compression is between the collarbone (clavicle) and the first rib, these structures can […]

2 Aug 2018

Posterolateral Corner Of The Knee Injury

An often unheard of yet complex condition we encounter as Physiotherapists is an injury to the back corner of the knee. Painful and destabilising, it is an injury that is often overlooked and, due to its complex nature, is often mistreated. However, we are growing in our understanding of both what it is and how […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

8 May 2017

What’s The Point Of The Shoulder Blade?

When rehabilitating the shoulder it is important to realise there is more than just the shoulder joint at play. Despite its name, very few people actually think of the shoulder blade as part of or related to the shoulder. Interestingly, it’s the shoulder blade that allows us to throw a cricket ball, reach for the […]

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 […]

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 […]