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Back Pain Tag

Back pain and sciatica are both very common problems but tend to be a great source of worry and anxiety. Back pain and sciatica can be very severe in nature and can often cause difficulty moving, sleeping or getting comfortable even when sitting still.   However, severe pain...

What is sciatica? The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It originates from the lower back and travels down the buttock and back of the leg to the foot. Sciatica refers to symptoms of tingling, numbness, pain or weakness which originate from...

Many people work at computers and many people work long hours. Long hours sat at a desk can cause a whole range of problems from back ache, neck ache, headaches and tennis elbow. Many of these issues can have a relatively simple solution. First and foremost, the...

The terms arthritis and rheumatism often come up in consultations, and they are quite often the source of a bit of confusion.  The worst offender being rheumatism. Rheumatism is a term that has been used as a very vague diagnosis for inflammation of the muscles, joints...

As physiotherapists, we are often asked about the difference between acute and chronic pain.  Below are how we would normally describe these terms. Acute Pain Acute pain covers a wide range of pains that can last from seconds to months.  Acute pain normally lasts less than six...

As a physiotherapist, we are highly trained to look out for “red flag” symptoms which could indicate a very serious condition.  These are few and far between, with many physiotherapists never coming across them in their careers. One Saturday I was seeing my last patient and...

Mental well-being is in the news so much but how does it affect your recovery time after injury? If your life is already stressed you may find recovery much slower than someone whose life is more balanced and calm.  Being busy does not always equal stress.  It’s...

  Financial advisers advise to save regular over time and invest in our future. And our bodies can benefit from profound, seemingly impossible ways over time from minor adjustments in our habits and lifestyle choices. Take for example the following patients’ experiences with physiotherapy: -The 14 year-old rower...

Back pain is one of the most common diagnoses treated by physiotherapists.  The complex shape and structure of the joints in the spine dictate how our backs are able to move.  Planes of movements and the degrees of normal motion at each joint are studied...