The best results after an ankle sprain occur when treatment begins straight away. If the ankle ligaments do not heal adequately the ankle may become unstable, causing the ankle to give way & feel untrustworthy on uneven surfaces. This is because the ligaments become weaker after the injury (even when the pain goes away) & without proper rehabilitation re-straining the ankle is very likely.
Your knees play a big role in many of your daily activities such as walking, getting in & out of cars, using stairs, & getting up from sitting in a chair. If you have problems with them then they can even make it hard to sleep or sit for long periods. Medical research shows that [...]
Pregnancy can be a tricky time for low back & SIJ pain, and often new mums find problems in these arreas once they are caring for their baby as well. There is alot that can be done to help restabilise your low back and pelvis to reduce these problems, and also advice about common daily activities that can help you reduce the strain you put through your back. If you are not sure then please chat to us or your local physio about how we can help you enjoy this exciting time of your life!
Shoulder impingement usually occurs when your arm is up close to your ear in backstroke, freestyle, butterfly. It can also be when you are in a streamline position where your arm is slightly rotated inwards (internally rotated). This position causes friction of the head (ball) of the arm against the ligaments and the tendons. This occurs due to: • Poor swimming technique • A large amount of training which can cause the muscles to fatigue and therefore work inefficiently or be overworked and fail • Your hand crossing your body''''''''''''''''s midline when it enters the water in freestyle or butterfly • Your thumb pointing down and the palm facing outwards as your hand enters the water • Unilateral breathing (ie only breathing on 1 side), as it can cause the opposite shoulder to become overworked • The use of a kick board and streamline positions with the palm facing out can place the shoulder in a position of impingement • The use of hand paddles or paddles without holes can increase the pull-through load, again placing increased strain on the shoulder muscles
Whiplash is the action of a person’s head moving forward and back very quickly and is commonly associated with car accidents. It can occur during any activity that involves a similar forceful movement such as a dive or a fall. Injury results when neck structures are ‘overstretched’- these include ligaments, discs, blood vessels, nerves, muscles [...]
What can I do if I have knee pain? tape up your knee - your local physio can show you how knee pain also commonly results from some muscles being too tight (eg your ITB) and others being too weak (eg your VMO and gluts (butt) muscles) - once again, your local physiotherapist can assess you and show you how to correct these problem
Knee injuries account for about 1/3 of all skiing injuries, and the majority of these are related to ligament damage. Ligaments are like pieces of rope that cross over joints to hold the bones together in the right place. As you can see in the diagram there are 4 main ligaments in the knee, one on each side (the medial and lateral collateral ligaments) and 2 that form a cross through the middle of the knee (the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments). Different ways of falling and twisting the knee predispose you to injure different ligaments, and more than one ligament may be injured in a single fall. Also, because treatment will vary depending on the degree of ligament damage, we use a system for grading the degree of injury;
Shoulder pain can be one of the most debilitating injuries for people to live with. If you are experiencing a sharp catch of pain when taking you arm above your head you may be suffering from a shoulder injury known as rotator cuff tendinopathy. The rotator cuff muscles are a group of muscles that sit around the shoulder. Their primary function is to stabilize the shoulder in its socket.