Hamstring injuries (Part 2)

We have seen (part 1) that the structure and function of the hamstrings is used to guide the rehabilitation process.  To be truly effective, Hamstring rehabilitation must be multifactorial, and a number of factors are important.  Let’s begin by looking at changes in...

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Hamstring injuries (part 1)

Injury rate Hamstring injury is common in sport, and these injuries frequently recur.  Up to 12% of sports injuries may be to the hamstrings (Ekstrand et al 2011), and it is the  most common muscle injury in male footballers (Schuermans et al 2014).  Recurrence rates...

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Yoga Bandhas – what are they and how do we use them

Yoga is becoming more and more popular nowadays, with classes available in most gyms and sports centres.  Styles vary, from traditional types focusing on postures, breathing, and meditation to more fitness based types designed to make you break out in a sweat.  Many...

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Shin splints

The term ‘shin splints’ is often used as a blanket description of any persistent pain occurring between the knee and ankle in an athlete. The condition has a number of names including Exercise Induced Leg Pain (EILP), Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS),...

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Kneecap pain

Pain around the kneecap, officially termed patellofemoral pain (PFP) accounts for up to 17% of knee pain seen generally, and up to 40% of knee problems seen in the sporting population (Crossley et al 2016), with up to 7% of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 years...

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Knee arthritis

Knee pain is a common complaint, especially in the over 50’s.  Studies have shown that almost half of over 50’s complain of pain in the knee, and in about 25% it lasts for a prolonged period, being termed chronic (Urquhart et al 2015).  Chronic knee pain can lead to a...

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Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is a cause of persistent pain around the medial malleolus.  It is also a leading cause of flat foot disorders, especially in seniors.  The prevalence rate is 3.3% in the over 40’s, which is actually  greater than that for...

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Heel pain

What is it Heel pain, or as it is officially known Chronic Plantar heel pain (CPHP) is usually a change in the nature of the tissue within the sole of your foot, attaching to your heel bone called the Plantarfascia.  This structure acts as a strong guidewire between...

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Acupuncture

History Acupuncture is generally believed to have started in China, with the first systemised record being The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine published in 100BC.  Prior to this time sharpened stones (Bian stones) have been found, and the evidence of...

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