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 […]

5 Apr 2018

Shoulder Instability

Let’s first consider a normal shoulder. It is an amazingly mobile joint that allows us to reach high above our head but also allows us to reach right up behind our back. This large and varied range of motion is enabled by a ball and socket joint formed between the top of your arm bone […]

22 Feb 2018

Patient Of The Month For March

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the month for March is the always energetic Angus! From Our Physio: Angus has been coming to Bend + Mend since 2008 for few different injuries. Most recently he returned with an unhappy low back which was limiting his ability to keep active. He is a keen cyclist and […]

5 Jan 2018

To Lunge Or Not To Lunge?

Lunges are an extremely diverse exercise as there are so many different variations of lunges that help you target different muscles. Squats and lunges both target your gluteal, quadricep and hamstring muscles but lunges have the benefit of being a single leg exercise which develop your single leg stability more. Lunges require greater stabilisation so […]

27 Dec 2017

New Year Resolutions – How To Reach Yours Without Reaching For The Ice Pack!

Many people set New Years Resolutions and hope to accomplish something new or important in the coming year. A large percentage of people have a health and fitness goal, whether this is to lose weight, improve their fitness or just be generally more active. This is a fantastic goal and congratulations on making the first […]

6 Dec 2017

Shoulder Pain! Have I Torn My Rotator Cuff?

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) that surrounds the Glenohumeral joint in your shoulder. The Glenohumeral joint is the joint that connects your humerus (upper arm bone) to your scapula (shoulder blade) via a ball and socket joint. To enable a large range of motion at […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]

2 Aug 2017

Three Useful Exercises To Conquer ‘Shin Splints’ In Runners.

For an overview on the causative factors and clinical presentation of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also often known as Shin Splints, please click here. So, what are the main aims of exercise in the management of MTSS or Shin Splints? To improve load capacity of the calf To improve kinetic chain load capacity by […]