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 […]

17 Jul 2017

My (Physi) Ode To Sunday Football

I’ve loved it as a player and I’ve continued to love it as a Physio. Forget the Premier League, the real magic happens on bumpy, lower-grade pitches of Sydney suburbia. If any of my old teammates read this I’ll be in trouble and they’ll rightly tell me to sign up for next year rather than […]

1 Feb 2017

What Is Turf Toe?

Another common injury among the footballers and rugby players out there is turf toe. Turf toe is caused by damage to the main joint of the big toe from it bending back too far (hyperextension injury). It’s quite prevalent amongst footballers and rugby players who play on rigid surfaces, however it can also affect other athletes […]

30 Sep 2016

High Ankle Sprains

High ankle sprains involve the injury to the ligaments that are located just above your ankle joint, opposed to the more common lower ankle sprain that occurs to the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. These ligaments connect your shin bone (tibia) to the outer ankle/leg bone (fibula). The connective tissue connecting this joint together is known as your syndesmosis. The syndesmosis […]

7 Sep 2016

AC Shoulder Joint Injury

The acromoiclavicular (AC) joint is located at the top of your shoulder between the collarbone and your shoulder blade. This joint plays an important role in allowing overhead arm movements and arm movements across the body. The AC joint helps transmit forces from the arm to the body when doing lifting, pushing and pulling type activities. When the […]

19 Aug 2016

The Unhappy Subluxing Patella

Recurrent patella subluxations occur when the patella (knee cap) is forced out of its natural setting in the trochlear groove of the femur (thigh) bone, and then relocates back into the groove again. Patella subluxation can be traumatic, caused by a force against the knee such as a contact sport injury, or atraumatic, occurring with much […]

20 Aug 2015

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is vital for normal foot biomechanics. It is made up of three segments and its central portion is clinically most important as it forms the longitudinal arch of the foot. It not only provides the longitudinal arch with static support but provides dynamic shock absorption. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of […]

10 Jul 2015

Scheuermann’s Disease…”That Hunch In Your Back”

Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine, characterised by abnormal wedge shaped vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic spine). This sometimes leads to postural abnormality and excessive curvature, i.e. increased thoracic kyphosis or ‘hunch back’, of the thoracic spine. Less commonly, it can also be found in lower back (lumbar spine). These changes occur during […]

21 Sep 2014

The Lateral Ankle Sprain

The lateral ankle sprain is the most common sporting injury experienced, accounting for 15-20% of ALL sports injuries. Approximately 50% of all soccer players will have experienced at least one ankle sprain. Having said that, many people also experience these injuries off the sporting field, sometimes just by stepping off a curb. What is a […]

13 Sep 2014

The ‘High Ankle Sprain’

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries inflicted on the sporting population, especially with sports requiring you to change direction frequently. Typically, with the right rehabilitation and physiotherapy, these heal well with relatively few complications. However, in up to 15% of ankle sprains the syndesmosis can also be injured. This significantly prolongs recovery […]