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SHIN PAIN

SHIN PAIN

 Running injuries are a pest and can be incredibly frustrating when they stop you from staying active and doing the thing you love to do. We’ve gone through the common knee injuries; Runner’s knee and IT band syndrome and then covered Achilles Tendinitis. The next...

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What is a Muscle Tear

What is a Muscle Tear

 Muscle tears make up between 10-55% of all sporting injuries.  A muscle tear commonly occurs when the load or tension applied to the tissue is above its tissue tolerance.  In other words, if the muscle cannot cope with the demand, something has to give, leading to a...

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Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures

 What are they? How are they caused? How are they treated? And how do you prevent them? What are they? Stress fractures are, as the name suggests, a fracture (crack) in a bone. Generally small and difficult to detect by x-ray, especially when they are fresh.  What...

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What is pain?

What is pain?

 Google defines pain as “highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury”. This seems to be missing a little. It makes no mention of emotional or mental pain. So maybe we should take the Pain Australia definition, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional...

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RUNNING INJURIES SERIES – ACHILLES PAIN

RUNNING INJURIES SERIES – ACHILLES PAIN

 ​Running injuries are a pest and can be incredibly frustrating when they stop you from staying active and doing the thing you love to do. The first blog in this series talked about knee pain when running and explored Runners knee and IT band syndrome. The knee isn’t...

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Medial Epicondylitis Part 1

Medial Epicondylitis Part 1

 Medial epicondylitis is a common condition which affects the inside of the elbow around the ‘funny bone’ area. You may have heard of it referred to as ‘Golfer’s elbow’, but although it does present in lots of golfers, it doesn’t mean non-golfers aren’t affected....

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Acute Wry Neck

Acute Wry Neck

 Have you ever woken up with an inexplicably stiff and painful neck that will only turn to one side? You might have been suffering from acute wry neck, a painful condition following a typical pattern of symptoms. In the clinic, wry neck is classified as one of two...

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Injury Prevention Programs

Injury Prevention Programs

 Attentive sport fans will have noticed an increase in the amount of injuries suffered by players over the last month or so. We’ve blogged recently about how quickly returning to high intensity sports, which require impact, sprinting and change of direction tasks...

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Shin Splints

Shin Splints

 With the big uptick in people using running as their key form of activity during these COVID times, we are starting to see flurry of shin splint and stress reaction cases pop up in the clinic. What exactly are shin splints and how do they arise? Shin splints are...

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Concussions – Part 1

Concussions – Part 1

 Concussion injuries have been a topic of focus in the media, sporting organisations, schools and the general public alike for the last few years. There was the movie ‘Concussion’ starring Will Smith which brought lots of attention to concussions and the potential...

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How To Manage Niggles

How To Manage Niggles

So, you’re now working from home? Your sitting at your make shift home office set up at the dining room table and before you know it those pesky niggles are starting to kick in. It could be some neck and shoulder stiffness, maybe you’ve got a dull ache in your low...

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NRL Returning

NRL Returning

About the NRL returning…. So with the Covid-19 numbers trending in the right direction, the NRL sent out a press release targeting a 28th of May return. Now let’s be clear, it’s not within our scope of practice to comment on whether this is ideal or not from a public...

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Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias are a common cause of groin pain which affects mostly men, with over a quarter of all men having an inguinal hernia at some point in their life as opposed to 4% of all women. Inguinal hernias seem to occur more often in men due to the small opening...

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a common issue seen in runners, or those who have recently started up a running program. This is not to say that it is ONLY seen in runners, but generally those that have lots of repetitive knee bending and straightening can present...

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FACT OR FICTION: Does running cause osteoarthritis???

FACT OR FICTION: Does running cause osteoarthritis???

A common thing us physios hear, either in the clinic or out at a social event, is the statement of “running is bad for your knees” or “running causes arthritis”. Lots of people believe this to be true, most of the time because they’ve heard it off someone else, and so...

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Recurrent Ankle Sprains

Recurrent Ankle Sprains

I think everyone in their life has had AT LEAST one ankle sprain. Whether it comes from playing sport, a night out on the town or chasing the kids around the house there wouldn’t be many of us who haven’t experienced that ankle twist underneath us and you go down like...

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Hip Impingement

Hip Impingement

Hip pain is a common issue we see here in the clinic. Patients can complain of a ‘pinching’ when doing things like squats, getting in and out of the car or just simply sitting in a soft chair or crossing their legs. Now just because you get a pinch in the hip every...

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Bone Stress Injuries

Bone Stress Injuries

Bone stress injuries (BSI’s) are injuries commonly seen in the lower limbs, such as the foot and shin, but can also present in the upper leg, hip and lower back. BSI’s are characterised by sharp pinpoint bone pain which worsens with activity and eases with unloading....

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or anterior knee pain is a common complaint seen here in the BeFit clinic. It usually presents as a sharp pain felt under the knee cap and is aggravated by movements or positions that stress or compress the joint between the femur...

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ACL – Return to running

So my 6 month ACL check-up was a success! The graft is strong and intact, hooray! There is still some swelling inside the knee but very minor. That lump in the back of my hamstring I spoke about last time was a Bakers cyst. Very common post surgery and more often than...

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Plantar Fasciopathy

Plantar Fasciopathy

Background Plantar fasciopathy (previously known as plantar fasciitis) is the most common cause of heel pain in adults and effects up to 8% of running based athletes. (Taunton et al., 2002) Symptoms of plantar fasciopathy include pain at the base of the heel that is...

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ACL Rehab Part 5: Time To Strengthen

ACL Rehab Part 5: Time To Strengthen

Welcome back! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 or Part 3 or Part 4 of this blog go back and read them so you have some context before diving into today’s blog, which is all about post-op rehab 3 - 5 months post-surgery. Time To Strengthen It was time to get my rehab on...

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ACL Rehab Part 4: Healing Takes Time

ACL Rehab Part 4: Healing Takes Time

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 or Part 3 click the links to catch up. Where were we? Oh yes, that’s right! Like I mentioned in Part 3, I thought I had re-torn my ACL 2 weeks after the surgery. Luckily that wasn’t the case. I had to keep reminding myself that I just...

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The Best Tip I Ever Learnt

The Best Tip I Ever Learnt

A few years ago, an old boxing trainer told me that lying on your back, with your legs up a wall, helps recovery. I never understood why, but I did it. It actually turned out to be the best thing I ever incorporated into my training. Now my training sessions are...

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What to expect from your physiotherapist?

What to expect from your physiotherapist?

I felt compelled to write a blog about what to expect from your physiotherapist, because I feel it’s a topic not often touched on, yet so important for soon-to-be physios as well as prospective clients. Over the last 5 weeks I’ve been mentoring a Masters of...

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Everything You Need To Know About Shin Splints

Everything You Need To Know About Shin Splints

 Shin Splints: What Causes Them, How To Treat Them And The Best Ways To Prevent ThemShin pain can be relentless. Ongoing pain that stops you doing the exercise you love. You’ve probably tried to ‘rest up and hope for the best’, which makes the pain go away, but as...

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ACL Injury Part 2: Surgery & Post-Op Rehabilitation

ACL Injury Part 2: Surgery & Post-Op Rehabilitation

If you missed part one, click here to read about Joel’s ACL injury, confirming the ACL tear, and early prehab before surgery. In Part 2 of our Knee ACL Injury and Rehab series, we follow Joel through surgery and his first week of rehabilitation post-op. Take it away...

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Why you need a rest day

Why you need a rest day

There’s always a vibrant hum in the gym in January. Everyone has set goals and resolutions to get fitter, faster and stronger. It’s usually a case of more training, or an increase in intensity in the hope of quicker results. However, there’s one important factor that...

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Knee injury ACL tear

Knee injury ACL tear

A Pain In the Knee: Joel Adelman’s ACL Injury and Rehab THE INJURY Let me set the scene. It’s Monday night at my mixed social netball competition. We are currently up by 11 goals in the final stages of the fourth quarter. This game is in the bag. The ball gets thrown...

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Shoulder Impingement Part 3: Treatment

Shoulder Impingement Part 3: Treatment

The other week when I was lecturing fourth year physio students at UTS, a debate started about strengthening versus stretching in treatment, which is of particular relevance for shoulder impingement. A mistake I commonly see with clients that have coracoacromial...

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Nutrition for Injury

Nutrition for Injury

Nutrition Strategies To Stay LEAN And MAXIMISE Recovery From An Injury Whether you’re an athlete or gym junkie, an injury will knock you back physiologically and psychologically. I’ve lost count of the number of times people fall into the ‘all or nothing approach’ and...

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Cooper and that scapula fracture

Cooper and that scapula fracture

  That fractured scapula! The scapula is the shoulder blade, it is a triangular shaped bone located in the upper back that is protected by a complex system of muscles. The scapula provides the primary connection between the chest and the arm. Research indicates...

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Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy

A question that I am frequently asked is do I have tendinitis or a tendinopathy, sometimes just to confuse you I will call it a tendinosis. So all these conditions with tendons, what’s the difference?  Firstly, tendon – itis/ opathy/ osis are often used...

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling

  What is dry needling? ‘Clinical or Western acupuncture’, where sterilised acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin. It differs from an injection which is “wet needling”. It is used to target and restore muscle function, in conjunction with physiotherapy,...

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How to train like a professional athlete

How to train like a professional athlete

So you’ve been watching the commonwealth games, you’ve seen the bodies, the records tumble and all the magic moments have inspired you to start training. So how do you train like a pro? Now most busy 9-5ers don’t have time to spend all training, eating and recovering...

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What is what?

What is what?

  I often get asked questions like what are tendons, what are ligaments, what do they do? So lets get back to basics. Part 1: Bone Bone is the most rigid form of connective tissue, despite this rigidity one undergoes constant metabolism and remodelling . Bone is...

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