27 Nov 2017

The Importance Of Hamstring Strength To Protect The ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), being the most important stabiliser of the knee, connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). It runs at an oblique angle from the back of the femur to the front of the tibia and its primary role is to prevent anterior translation of the tibia or posterior […]

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 […]

29 May 2017

ACL Repair And Rugby

A common injury across all sporting formats, including rugby, is an ACL injury. But what happens from a physio point of view? What is the Physiotherapists role in all of this? For those not in the know, the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is one of four important stabilising ligaments of the knee. The ACL sits […]

4 Nov 2016

Will Running Wear Out My Knees?  

No doubt you have heard or been told by a colleague (or sadly by your Doctor or Physiotherapist) that running wears out your joints and that each step you take will lead you to a lifetime of knee replacements. Has this statement previously instilled enough fear to cut your running career short or prevent it […]

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 […]

29 Mar 2016

Should I Have Meniscus Surgery On My Knee? 

What is a Meniscus? Each knee joint has a medial and lateral meniscus, two large C-shaped cartilages that separate the femur (thigh bone) from the tibia (shin bone). Each knee meniscus acts like a wedge to assist with stability at the knee joint (particularly with rotational movement). They also act as shock absorbers (while walking, […]

10 May 2015

Anterior Cruciate Ligament – Structure and Injury

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the key structures in the knee joint. This band-like structure of dense connective tissues originates from the back of the lower aspect of the femur (thigh bone) and inserts onto the front, upper aspect of the tibia (shin bone). Hence, the ACL helps prevent forward movement of […]

29 Jan 2015

Squatting For Life

Squats are a full-body compound exercise which means they work across multiple joints and muscles including your hips, knees and ankles, as well as the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. More importantly, they are a great functional movement we do every day of our lives whether you are in the gym, or at home picking up […]

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 […]