For most of us, the hours we spend sleeping are simply a time for rest and recovery. However, you might be surprised to learn that your sleeping position can have a significant impact on your body, particularly if you already have an injury.
Plantar Fasciitis is characterised by pain and inflammation in the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes, known as the plantar fascia. Symptoms often include sharp pain in the heel or arch, especially in the morning or after long periods of rest. It can make walking or standing for extended periods quite challenging.
If you are experiencing pain in the front of your hip along with clicking, locking or catching of your hip joint you may have labral damage. Labral tears can occur from an injury such as a twist or slip, or damage can occur from repetitive stresses. Over time this repetitive impingement of the hip joint can cause the labrum to tear and damage to the labrum if not managed properly may lead to early degenerative arthritis.
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.