Osteopathy

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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SITTING: ARE YOU ADDICTED?

An article originally published in The Times by Helen Rumbelow about the amount of time we spend sitting down during the day. It is a tongue in cheek perspective of someone who spends a great part of the day sitting down, but who would like to get out of that habit. Humour aside, it is does highlight some of the difficulties that arise when attempting to break from the norm. In Scandinavian countries, it is estimated that as many as…

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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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ARE YOUR PROBLEMS CONNECTED?

ARE YOUR PROBLEMS CONNECTED? It is not uncommon to have more than one problem in the body simultaneously. This surprises many people but as osteopaths, this is actually something we see very often. This is good news for patients, who may find resolution to several persistent problems. However, the key is finding the primary problem. PRIMARY PROBLEMS AND SECONDARY EFFECTS Achilles tendon injuries can take months to recover, during which time a slight limp can develop and put strain on…

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PAINKILLERS AND NSAIDS VERSUS OSTEOPATHY

Painkillers and NSAIDs versus Osteopathy? This is an area of great debate. Painkillers (such as paracetamol) and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen) are two of the most common pharmaceutical drugs used to treat musculoskeletal (mechanical) pain. However, recent evidence has shown that these types of drugs are very often ineffective, if not inappropriate, in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. Here Osteopath Tim Goullet sheds some light as to why traditional forms of physical therapy such as Osteopathy are more…

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Is exercise the best medicine?

IS EXERCISE THE BEST MEDICINE?

Is exercise the best medicine? This thought provoking article published recently in The Times leaves us with food for thought. When treating patients, have we become too reliant on prescribing medications? Are these drugs effective? Or are other forms of treatment more effective? For example, in the treatment of back pain, recent research has shown that gentle and regular exercise is a far more effective than NSAIDs and painkillers. As outlined in the article, social-prescribing may indeed be more beneficial…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligaments and bones at the base of the hand/wrist, which houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed leading to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

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Osteopathy in Perspective

ARE YOUR PROBLEMS CONNECTED?

It is not uncommon to have more than one problem in the body simultaneously. This surprises many people but as osteopaths, this is actually something we see very often. This is good news for patients, who may find resolution to several persistent problems. However, the key is finding the primary problem.

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Discover how you can improve posture and avoid injury at work with our workstation ergonomics questionnaire

WORKSTATION ERGONOMICS QUESTIONNAIRE

Discover how you can improve posture and avoid injury at work with our workstation ergonomics questionnaire. In order to assess whether your workstation is set up correctly, please answer the questions as accurately and honestly as possible. In a ergonomically correct work environment, all questions should be answered in the affirmative. If the reply to any of these questions is no, action should be taken to optimise your workstation and avoid any possible office-related injuries before they arise. You may be able to do this yourself or with the help of your manager, union or health and safety representative.

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THE PUTNEY CLINIC OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

266 Upper Richmond Road,
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London  SW15 6TQ.

Tel: 020 8789 3881
Email: info@putneyclinic.co.uk

The Putney Clinic is a trading name of The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 06526680.

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