MANAGING MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES

The word ‘musculoskeletal’ simply means anything to do with the muscles (musculo) and/or bones (skeletal), including tendons and ligaments forming joints and supporting your spine. So, a musculoskeletal injury could vary from a muscle tear or strain; to a sprained ankle where the ligaments are overstretched or torn; to a meniscus or cartilage tear in the knee or a large contusion (muscle bruise) on your thigh. WHEN SHOULD YOU COMMENCE TREATMENT? In most cases, ‘the early bird catches the worm’.…

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NECK STRETCHING EXERCISES

The exercises below help to stretch some of the muscles around the neck. Having good flexibility will help balance the loads and strains on your neck joint. It is particularly important that there is good balance in the muscles around your neck, so that they are able to hold your neck vertebra and joints in good alignment. You should always be guided by your physical therapist who may add or delete exercises or stretches for your specific injury phase and…

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Improving Hamstring Flexibility

IMPROVING HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY

For so many people, tight hamstring muscles are a constant source of frustration. Usually, the advice offered is to keep going with stretching, foam rolling, self massage, etc. More often than not the list lengthens, but the hamstrings do not. A combination of dynamic stretching and core strengthening helps most people overcome this. Very often this can be achieved in a single exercise. Below we will look at ways of improving hamstring flexibility. Hamstring flexibility and dynamic stretching In time…

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All you need to know about MRI scans

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MRI SCANS

BY CLIVE LATHEY, D.O MSC (SPORTS MEDICINE) Musculoskeletal pain (back, neck and other joints), can be very acute and debilitating; resulting in fear and anxiety. As a consequence, patients often request MRI scans in the belief that it is going to be an important part of their treatment. While MRI scans are a “gold standard” diagnostic investigation, there are guidelines concerning their appropriate use. History of MRI scans MRI scans were developed in the 1970s and 1980s as a medical…

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SKILLS TO COPE WITH CHRONIC PAIN – PART 3 COPING

In part 1 of our blog post on skills to cope with chronic pain, we talked about the skills of understanding, acceptance and calming, in part 2 we discussed balancing and in this post we are going to cover the fifth skill – coping. THE FIFTH SKILL: Coping That is, having tips, techniques, and plans to use when the pain is bad. You need more than just taking pain medication at these times. Distraction & visualisation It sounds simple but…

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FEELING THE PINCH?

The Stubborn Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Do you get a sharp, debilitating pain in your shoulder when you are performing tasks like brushing your hair, putting on certain clothes or showering? During these movements, where you raise your arm out to the side and then upwards over your head, do you alternate between no pain and pain? For example, during the first part of the moment you don’t feel any pain, and then suddenly your shoulder “catches” and there is sharp…

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP IF YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN – PART 2

ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY In our last blog post, How Physical Therapy Can Help If You Suffer From Chronic Pain, we discussed how passive physical therapy techniques can help. Passive therapies, such as deep tissue massage, manual therapy, hot and cold therapy, transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS), ultrasound, dry needling and strapping or bracing, are generally done in conjunction with active therapies. In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, core stability,…

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP IF YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN

If you suffer from chronic pain, you’ve probably at some point been told that you’re supposed to stay as active as possible. However the thought probably makes you cringe, especially when sometimes, just getting through the day at home or work is hard enough. This is where a physical therapist can help. They can give you a personalised strengthening and exercise plan, and help you learn how to manage your daily life and reduce pain through certain treatments. Physical therapy…

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STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES FOR RUNNERS

Claire Cason is a Physiotherapist at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. Below she gives us 5 key strength training exercises geared up for runners. To find out more about Claire, check out her bio here.  Strength Exercise 1: Side lunge.  Start by holding a kettlebell (weight of your choice) in to your chest. Step to the side by bending your knee and pushing your hips backwards into the lunge then step back to return to standing. Repeat on the…

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CLAIRE CASON SUPPORTING THE SENIOR GB ACROBATIC TEAM

Our physiotherapist, Claire Cason, supporting the senior GB acrobatic team Claire Cason, physiotherapist at the Putney Clinic, has been in Lilleshall this past weekend for the senior GB acrobatic training camp in which participants are in preparation for the European Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Israel, October 2019.             Claire will be travelling with the team. She’ll be supporting them throughout, treating any injuries and helping the team remain fit for the championships. We’ll be…

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