23 Aug 2018

Patellar Tendinopathy

Have you ever experienced pain in the front of your knee? Anterior knee pain can be caused by a number of anatomical structures, one such structure is the Patellar Tendon. If you are unsure what tendon pain is, there is a fantastic Blog by B+M Physio Blake detailing 5 important facts for tendon pain that […]

14 Aug 2018

ACL Reconstruction: The Pros And Cons Of Graft Choice

The overall aim of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is to restore stability to the knee preventing the forwards movement of the shin bone on the thigh bone and to provide rotational stability. In an ideal world the chosen graft should recreate the anatomical, structural and functional properties of the original ACL. There are […]

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 […]

1 Aug 2018

ACL Rupture – Do I Need Surgery?

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture get a lot of coverage in elite sport and can take players out of action for a whole season. At this high level an ACL reconstruction is performed quickly to ensure a rapid return to the players chosen sport. However, is this necessary for the rest of us? Just to […]

13 Jun 2018

Why We Are Physiotherapists

A patient asked me this week – why we chose to become Physiotherapists, an interesting question and one we frame to ourselves in varying tones given the mood of the day! Everybody knows someone who wanted to be a Physio and we all have different reasons like inspiration growing up from a specialist therapist, or […]

30 May 2018

Why Do I Keep Spraining My Ankle?

With every new netball and soccer season comes new, or quite often old, injuries. Lateral ankle sprains (a sprain to the outside of the ankle) are one of the most common injuries, accounting for up to 40% of sporting injuries. Lateral ankle sprains are also notorious for recurrence, with up to 70% of people having […]

10 May 2018

The Best Warm-Up Exercises To Prevent Soccer Injuries

Most soccer players know that they can’t start a soccer game cold. Warm-ups are essential to preventing injury and playing your best game on the field. But what are the best exercises to do before a soccer game? How do you know specifically what drills and exercises are going to help prevent injuries? Over the […]

3 May 2018

Lisfranc Injury

Lisfranc joint refers to the articulation of the tarsal bones to the metatarsals forming the tarsometatarsal joints of the midfoot. It was named after Jacques Lisfranc de St Martin, a French surgeon with in Napoleon’s army. He described amputation through the metatarsal joints as a swift solution to gangrene that occurred when soldiers fell off […]

15 Mar 2018

Tips To Avoid Hamstring Strain During Pre-Season

As an avid Sports Physio, I am constantly inundated with questions from players on how to avoid injury or pain, usually during pre-season training. A common concern of older players is how to avoid pulling a “hammy”. During this pre-season to date, I have seen at least one hamstring injury per week, so I have […]

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) […]