If you’re a young basketballer/netballer/footballer and have heel pain when playing basketball or sports involving running or jumping, you may have a particular growth pain disorder called Sever’s Disease. It is a condition (not a disease) usually affecting 9-15-year-olds that occurs at the back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches to the foot.
A visit to the physio is often at the front of your mind when you tear a muscle or wake up with a stiff neck, however, there are many other conditions that you might be surprised to hear physiotherapists can help with. Here are a few that you may not be aware of.
The scaphoid is a small bone in the wrist that connects the radius to the hand, and it is situated near the thumb. Scaphoid fractures are a relatively common wrist injury and are commonly misdiagnosed as the pain can be quite mild even when the bone has been broken.
Scaphoid fractures are notorious for their high incidence of complications healing due to low blood supply to the area and how easily their diagnosis can be missed.
Shin splints are a painful condition of the lower leg, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome; it is an overuse injury that causes pain along the inside of the tibia or shin bone. It is common in runners, hikers and running based sports – soccer, AFL, netball and basketball.
Shin splints are typified by persistent leg pain, usually the inside of the shin, halfway down the lower leg.
Osteitis Pubis is a medical term used to describe sports-related groin pain. Osteitis means ‘bone inflammation’, while pubis refers to the specific bone that is affected: the pubic bone. Osteitis pubis is usually an overuse injury that can sometimes be triggered by a specific event. It is characterized by pain deep within the front of the pubic bone, caused by inflammation. The area of the pubic bone affected is specifically known as the pubic symphysis.
Back pain is such a common experience that it is estimated up to 80% of adults will have at least one severe episode of back pain in their lifetime. Most of the time, acute low back pain resolves without consequence and doesn’t recur, however, if you happen to be in the middle of an episode, here are a few tips to help you get through.
The rotator cuff is a group of four small muscles that surround the shoulder joint. They play a primary role in supporting, controlling and creating rotational movements of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears are common injuries and can occur in any of the four muscles, usually at their weakest point, which is the junction between the muscle and tendinous tissue.
Knee pain comes in many forms with many different causes. While treatment for every person and condition will be different in each case, here are a few tips that may help to reduce knee pain throughout the day.
The adductor muscles are a group of five muscles located on the inside of the thigh that act to move the hip inwards or control hip movements outwards. These muscles also provide stability to the pelvis while standing, walking and running.
Adductor tendinopathy is a condition affecting the adductor tendon and is used to refer to the typical pattern of pain and stiffness in the groin and inner thigh that accompany this injury.
A stress fracture is a microscopic fracture of the bone that is so small that it often cannot be picked up on X-ray.
The majority of stress fractures occur in the lower limb, being particularly common in the hip, shins and foot at points where the most force passes through when weight bearing. Most stress fractures are overuse injuries and are common in long distance runners.