11 Jan 2018

Update On Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is still very poorly understood. This condition, previously called adhesive capsulitis, does not appear to have a clear cause. The shoulder joint is surrounded by a loose capsule which allows a large range of movement enabling actions such as reaching behind the back or above the head. In frozen shoulder this capsule becomes inflamed […]

13 Dec 2017

How To Avoid Injury In The New Year – Part 1: The Do’s And Don’ts For The Novice Jogger

New year’s resolutions are a fun and novel way of creating a fresh start. Often there is renewed enthusiasm following the festive season and with the new year brings new beginnings and opportunity for change. One such change is to ‘get fit’, a resolution that we all have at some stage of our lives. Often […]

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 […]

29 Nov 2017

Understanding A Side Strain This Cricket Season

As the Ashes series begins, and the whites come out, what better time to explain a common cricket injury – the “Side Strain”Along with hamstring injuries, side strains are the most prevalent cricket injury in Australia, affecting up to 14% of pace bowlers per season. It seems the faster you bowl, the more inclined you […]

22 Aug 2017

Patient Of The Month For September

Our patient of the month for September has worked extremely hard after surgery to get where he is today: Congratulations Tom! From Campbell: “Tom presented post operatively following an ACL reconstruction as well as having torn cartilage and an MCL tear which he injured playing soccer earlier in the year. Tom has taken to rehabilitating […]

27 Jun 2017

Patient Of The Month For July

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the Month for July is Julia Toomey who came to us after a skiing accident and is now ready for the slopes again! Well-done Julia! From Julia: “I hobbled my way in to Bend and Mend in a huge leg brace last year in July to meet Emma for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

12 Aug 2016

Why Do We Tear Our Hamstrings?

We all know someone who’s torn or strained their hamstring. It’s one of the most prevalent injuries in sports involving sprinting, jumping and kicking. I see it regularly with the rugby players I work with and it can be a frustratingly lengthy process if rehabilitated correctly. Hamstring injuries are known for their high incidence of […]