Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself, a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation. The immune system which normally protects the body by attacking bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks the joints. Inflammation can commonly occur in joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. However it can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs and nerves, as it is a systemic (whole body), autoimmune disease.
White blood cells move into the joint and release chemicals which attack the synovial membrane. Synovial ...
Siibernagel et al 2007 used the pain-monitoring model in a study on Achilles tendinopathy that showed that you can safely continue some activity like running. ( see picture below)
We know that tendinopathy does not improve with rest as the tendon weakens. One way of gradually increasing activity in a safe way is using the pain-monitoring model.
The 24 hour response to exercise is important. If the pain is increased the next day then the amount of exercise should be decreased. If the ...
We should get fit for tennis instead of using tennis to get fit. With the French open and Wimbledon coming up and better weather, many of us will be inspired to hit the courts.
Tennis requires upper body, lower body and core strength. It is a multi-directional sport. Therefore we need to be able to move in multi-directions and to change direction quickly. A well designed exercise programme can improve your performance on the court as well as prevent injury.
Warming up the ...
Pelvic girdle pain or (PGP) is an umbrella term that covers all aspects of pelvic pain.This is common during pregnancy, labour or in the weeks after delivery. The pain may come from the lower back, stomach, buttocks, upper leg and may also include the pubic area. Pain here has previously been called symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD)
Symptoms of pelvic girdle pain (PGP) include
difficulty walking ( waddling gait)
pain standing on one leg e.g. climbing stairs
pain getting in and out of ...
What is it?
Tendinopathy refers to disease of a tendon.
What is a tendon?
Well it consists of a bundle of collagen tissue that connects muscle to bone. You may have heard of the Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle. This connects your calf muscle to your heel bones. Other tendons in the lower leg include the patellar tendon just below the knee cap and your gluteal tendons at the side of your hip. In the upper body you have ...
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a common health complaint that affects women more than men. It gives the sensation that the room is spinning even though you are still!! This happens when you move your head. For example: turning in bed, getting out of bed, looking up and/or lying on one side
This room spinning sensation usually lasts less than a minute. It may recur multiple times in a day or during weeks or years with periods of relief. It is important to know ...
Gluteal tendinopathy or hip tendon pain is the most common cause of greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Your gluteal tendons are the tough tendon fibres that connect your gluteal muscles to your hip bone. Usually injury occurs when tiny tears to the tendon occur over long time periods.
Gluteal tendinopathy can occur due to poor hip and gluteal muscle control. This can overstress the gluteal tendons causing pain and leading to hip and pelvic instability. Walking or running with poor hip control can ...
Get fit for skiing
The ski season is starting and it is important to prepare the body for it.Would you run a 10 km race without training for it? Many of us head straight from our office job to 7 days on the slopes. This can increase our risk of injury. The most common skiing injuries include knee ligament damage, shoulder dislocations and skier's thumb (injury to the ligament in the thumb).
Starting an exercise programme 6 weeks before hitting the slopes can ...
Clinical Pilates is taught at Southside Physiotherapy clinic by chartered Physiotherapists.
It is ideal for those recovering from a back or neck injury or for those who want to improve their posture, flexibility and general body awareness.
5 Key elements form the cornerstone of clinical Pilates
1. Head and neck alignment; your forehead should be level with your chin when lying on your back. This can be achieved with the right head support. The amount of support needed depends on the shape of your ...
It is important to know the initial management of an acute injury. The first 2-3 days are the most important in that it is vital we prevent the injury from getting worse.
Initial goals are:
to reduce the inflammation
control the swelling and pain
Protect the injury from further damage by stopping sport or demanding physical activity
To aid healing rest the leg and reduce the amount of walking until it is pain free
To reduce pain and inflammation associated with an acute injury ...