CONDITIONS WE TREAT
With Care and Excellence
Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions we see here at the clinic. Due to the complexity of our musculoskeletal system, many variants may be causing your lower back pain. Poor posture, muscular weakness/inactivity, joint instability, muscular tightness and nerve compression are a number of causes for lower back pain. Get assessed now to find out the root cause of your lower back pain and with our help, eradicate it for good!
Knee pain is an extremely common condition. There are 4 main ligaments at the knee joint and many different tendons and muscles crossing over the joint lines, so given its complexity, it's no wonder that the majority of us experience knee pain at least some point in our life. Depending on the specific case, knee pain may restrict movement, affect muscle control, reduce strength, and prevent mobility. Knee injuries can happen in sports, recreational activities, slips and falls and even car accidents. It is important to note that knee pain can also occur randomly, and have no real mechanism of injury. However during assessment there will be an underlying cause, causing the knee pain that has all of a sudden come on.
To get to the root cause of your knee pain, get assessed now and begin your journey to becoming pain free!
The majority of the neck pain cases that we see here at the clinic are posture related. That's no surprise given the world we live in now, constantly looking down at our phones or sticking our heads forward to read our laptops and computers for hours on end. That being said we have also treated patients who have suffered with neck pain from a slip or fall, an uncomfortable nights sleep or from something random like a sneeze! Get yourself assessed now to find out what the cause of your neck pain is, and receive treatment and advice on how to become pain free and self manage it whilst going through the healing stage!
The shoulder joint is extremely mobile – allowing great freedom of movement for the arm. However this greater mobility means that the shoulder joint is less stable. The stability of the shoulder joint also relies a lot on the rotator cuff muscles – which are four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, teres minor) inserting around the shoulder joint that help move it, as well as providing stability. These muscles are a common source of pain. Shoulder pain is common, and can result from a number of conditions. Importantly, pain felt in the shoulder region does not necessarily mean that the pain is coming from the shoulder. Get assessed now to find out what is causing your shoulder pain and receive excellent treatment and self help advice to get you back fit and pain free.
The majority of tendonitis cases occur at the elbow, knee, achilles or shoulder. Tendonitis is an inflammatory response from your tendons just letting you know that the load or frequency that you're asking of it, is a little bit much! Therefore the two main causes of tendonitis are overuse or/and overload. If not treated, tendonitis can develop into a tendinopathy which is where fibres of the painful tendon start to degenerate, therefore developing into a chronic condition. With tendonitis at the elbow and shoulder you may struggle to do everyday tasks such as lifting the kettle up, making the bed and even driving. With tendonitis at the knee and achilles, the main symptoms for this would be pain when walking down stairs.
Think you have tendonitis?
Take action now by getting assessed and treated.
FOOT & ANKLE PAIN
Ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis are the two most common foot and ankle injuries we see here at the clinic. Plantar fasciitis is pain and tenderness along the bottom of the foot and into the heal. This develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. The pain is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed, or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a while. Climbing up and down stairs can be very difficult too due to heel stiffness. If you have structural foot problems, such as very high arches or very flat feet, you may develop plantar fasciitis. Tight Achilles tendon which are the tendons attaching your calf muscles to your heels, may also result in plantar fascia pain. Simply wearing shoes with soft soles and poor arch support can also result in plantar fasciitis. Sounds similar to the pain you're experiencing?
Get in touch for a full thorough assessment and treatment as well as advice on how to self manage this painful condition.
Sports injuries such as muscle strains and ligament tears are what we excel in. Muscle strains get graded on a scale of 1-3 depending on the severity of the strain. Grade 3 is a complete tear, grade 2 is a partial tear and grade 1 is where up to 10% of the fibres have been damaged. Within our expertise we have particular special tests that us therapists perform to be able to examine each and every individual muscle to decide on the grade, as well as testing for strength and range of motion. Depending on the results of these tests, recovery times will differ.
Ligament strains also get graded on a scale of 1-3. Grade 3 being a complete rupture therefore needing surgical intervention, grade 2 being a partial tear which can be solved without surgery and grade 1 being a mild sprain of ligament fibres.
Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents.
Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain and stiffness referring down into the arm and hands, jaw pain, back pain and even tinnitus. Many people we have treated with whiplash associated disorder also experience anxiety and stress, especially when it comes to returning back to driving.
With treatment we aim to restore cervical range of motion, regain the strength lost in specific muscles and reduce pain levels as well as educating and providing self management help.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints.
The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint's cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection. Family history, age, previous joint injury, sex and obesity are all risk factors for arthritis.
Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. Massage therapy, joint mobilisations, acupuncture and specific exercises are all used in helping relieve arthritic symptoms, however with more severe conditions joint replacements and resurfacing may be required.
SCIATICA & TRAPPED NERVES
A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve's function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. A pinched nerve can occur at a number of sites in your body. A herniated disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg (Sciatica). Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).
The main symptoms you will experience are numbness or decreased sensation in a specific area. Pins and needles or tingling. Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward. Muscular weakness in a specific area or the feeling that your foot or hand has "fallen asleep"
If you feel like you are experiencing any of these symptoms then do not hesitate to get in touch for a neurological and musculoskeletal assessment and treatment.
From a musculoskeletal point of view, headaches can be caused from poor posture, tight muscles in the neck and shoulders or under-active muscles not being used to support the cervical spine and shoulders properly. Here at MySportsTherapist we take a holistic approach to conditions such as headaches and look at other factors such as stress, anxiety and even diet. Don't just suffer with headaches day after day, get assessed and get help.
Your future self will thank you for it!
MUSCULAR WEAKNESS &
Strength and balance rehabilitation is what we specialise in.
If everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, doing the housework, carrying a tray of food and drink upstairs is harder than it once was, then you will most definitely benefit from a strength and balance program. Not only do we create tailored rehab programs for sportsmen and women who are recovering from sports injuries, we also create tailored rehab programs for those who are in postoperative recovery following surgery.
We go through every exercise with you here at the clinic ensuring you have the correct technique and are doing it correctly, contracting the specific areas that we want you to contract. With the rehab program being so hands on and monitored, you can be sure to stay motivated and driven following the process.