11 May 2018

When Should I Worry About My Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain can be a really frustrating condition that can range from a mild niggle to 10/10 pain. There are many causes of lower back pain, and it can be hard to tell when it’s ‘serious’ and when it’s not. The simple answer to whether your back pain is serious is – if in […]

30 Apr 2018

What Is A Bruise?

You’ve been experiencing these colourful splotches since you were that over-excited kid in the sand pit all those years ago, but what actually is a bruise? A bruise results from trauma to small blood vessels in your body called capillaries. The impact causes these capillaries to break and the blood they carry to be leaked […]

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 […]

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) […]

7 Mar 2018

What Is A Baker’s Cyst?

A common condition you may have heard of is a Baker’s cyst. Just behind your knee near the top of your calf muscles is a bursa. A Baker’s cyst (aka popliteal cyst) is swelling behind the knee caused by an abnormal increase in the fluid inside this bursa. Symptoms of a Baker’s cyst can include: pronounced […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

29 Sep 2017

Why Do Your Toenails Fall Off During Long Distance Running?

Ever wondered why you lose your toenails in long distance running? It could all be to do with friction within the shoe during the running phase. As I build more and more long runs together in preparation for an upcoming marathon, I have noticed not one but two of my toes have decided to paint […]

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 […]