low back pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can be caused by a myriad of factors and not all treatment is the same for all low back pain.

80% of low back pain resolves without any interaction. The other 20% needs assessment and management by physiotherapy advice and ergonomics (i.e. having your work/home area to suit you).

A detailed examination is needed and then the appropriate treatment is recommended. Pain relief is good for early management but not as a solution for long-term use. The spine is a mechanical object and good posture, weight control and exercise is the gold standard for long-term recovery.

growing pains

Teenagers Injuries & Growing Pains

10 Sep 2014 Uncategorized

Many teenagers play more than one sport at competitive level. In fact they can be as young as 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old.

With this intense repetition of movement and usually on hard surfaces, repetitive strain injuries and tightening of structures  leads to pain  in many of these young sports people which will sideline them and cause them great anxiety.

The joints have important structures called epiphysis near them and it is from there that bone is laid down. These do not become solid until 18 years of age.

If a young person plays too much sport they can sadly develop injuries at these sites which are sometimes called growing pains. Large muscles can be attached to or near the epiphysis, the knee being the best example.

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