The New Normal for MRIs of the Lower Back

The New Normal for MRIs of the Lower Back

It is often very normal when looking at MRIs of lower backs, for there to be findings that represent no threat and are not the cause of your pain. Imaging of your back should rarely be used to determine the source of your pain. Instead, it is better used to rule out any potentially sinister conditions.

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Ankle sprains want PEACE not RICE

Ankle sprains want PEACE not RICE

Ankle sprains are extremely common, accounting for approximately 25% of all sports-related injuries. For years the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has ruled supreme as the key to early management. However, current research suggests that PEACE is a better guide.

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Lower Back Pain – what causes it?

Lower Back Pain – what causes it?

Lower back pain (lumbar pain) may present in a number of ways depending on the underlying cause. Pain may be characterised by a dull ache, shooting or piercing pain, or a burning sensation. Pain may be localised in the back or radiate into buttock, groin, legs or feet.

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Easing Endometriosis Pain

Easing Endometriosis Pain

Endometriosis is a chronic disease that occurs when cells similar to those that line the female uterus grow in other parts of the body. This disease is highly individualised and the symptoms of endometriosis ranges significantly from person to person.

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Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the amount and quality of the bone is reduced, leading to fractures (broken bones). ​It is characterized by decreased bone mineral density and​ can produce no pain or other symptoms until a fracture has occurred. Arthritis (arth = joint; itis = inflammation) is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue (cartilage). Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis.

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Mastitis

Mastitis

Mastitis occurs when breastmilk isn’t moving freely through the breast and the normal breast stasis is overcome, causing an immune reaction in the milk and an inflammatory response in the breast.

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Walking Issues In Children

Walking Issues In Children

During the early years, there can be some obvious abnormalities in children’s gait (walking style). While many of these are quite common and can correct themselves on their own, some require physiotherapy assessment and treatment.

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Does My Ankle Need An X-Ray?

Does My Ankle Need An X-Ray?

But how do we know if you need an X-Ray? The Ottawa ankle rules are a series of tests used to determine if an X-Ray is required following a sprained ankle. When used by a trained professional they enable us to catch 97% of fractures.

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Common Netball Injuries

Common Netball Injuries

For a non-contact sport, Netball can be a very physical game and often results in pain and injuries. The number one body part injured are the ankles with knees coming a close second.

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Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness, as though the room/environment is spinning in circles around the person. It is a symptom and can be caused by various conditions involving the brain (central) or inner ear (peripheral).

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a wrist condition which can occur during pregnancy due to the compression of nerves around the wrist. What are signs of CTS? Symptoms usually start gradually, with numbness or tingling in the fingers,...

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Make Working From Home A Blessing, Not A Curse

Make Working From Home A Blessing, Not A Curse

So you are now working from home! For some, this is an exciting prospect, a chance to see their family more and enjoy a more relaxed work environment. For others, however, this prospect can feel quite daunting and be logistically challenging. It’s important to get a comfortable set-up to avoid neck tension, back pain, stiff joints and even knee pain.

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When can I return to running after having a baby?

When can I return to running after having a baby?

After having a baby, postnatal women need time to heal and regain strength, especially in the pelvic floor and the abdominal muscles due to pregnancy and delivery. A Women’s Health Physio can help assess when you are ready to return to running.

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