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Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears Despite it being named a “Tendon”, the patella tendon is both a ligament and a tendon. It connects to two different bones, the patella and the tibia. The patella tendon works in unison with the quadricepmuscles and quadricep tendons allowing them to straighten the knee. The tear within the patella tendon is either partial or complete and can be a disabling injury: Partial tear- More frayed and not complete, (think of…

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Overcoming Stress from Hairline Fractures

Overcoming Stress from Hairline Fractures

There are many forms of fractures, each causing a dilemma in our lives and requiring the help of a physiotherapist in order to heal safely and properly. One of the most common types of fractures seen in sports medicine today is called a “hairline” or “stress” fracture. Hairline fractures are caused by repetitive strain and excess training. Hairline fractures are minute cracks on the bones, which can become severe if not immediately treated.  The main causes of a hairline fractures…

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ACL Sprain Fast Facts and Treatment

ACL Sprain Fast Facts and Treatment

A knee sprain is an injury of the ligaments; tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect the bones of the upper and lower leg at the knee joint. One of the main forms of knee sprain is in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) bridge the inside of the knee joint, forming an, “X” pattern that stabilises the knee against front-to-back and back-to-front forces. There are certain movements in the knee that causes…

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Battling Against ALS with Physiotherapy

Battling Against ALS with Physiotherapy

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common type of adult- onset motor neuron disease.  Neurological disorders are characterized primarily by progressive degeneration and loss of motor neurons. ALS involves upper and lower motor neurons and presents as an idiopathic , progressive degeneration of anterior horn cells and their associated neurons, resulting in progressive muscle weakness, atrophy, and fasciluations. ALS is a gradual onset disease. The first initial symptoms of ALS varies person to person. One person may have trouble…

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Whipping Yourself Back into Shape After Whiplash

Whipping Yourself Back into Shape After Whiplash

Are you feeling a bit of a pain in the neck lately? Does your neck feel stiff, painful, tender, or are you not able to turn it and move around as much as you used to? You may be victim to whiplash. Whiplash is most associated with traumatic events involving sudden acceleration-deceleration forces mainly on the neck. Whiplash can affect a variety of issues pertaining toyour muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, discs, and nerves. Whiplash is mostly associated with car accidents,…

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car·pal tun·nel syn·drome

car·pal tun·nel syn·drome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a wrist and hand condition that occurs when a nerve becomes pinched within a tunnel created by the bones of the wrist. The wrist is composed of 8 small bones called Carpals,which, along with ligaments, create a ‘Carpal Tunnel’ on the palmer side of the forearm. This tunnel creates a space for the passage of the Median nerve and theflexor tendons of the fingers. The Median nerve provides both sensory…

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Lateral Epicondylitis: a.k.a Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis: a.k.a Tennis Elbow

What is Lateral Epicondylitis? Lateral Epicondylitis also known as “Tennis Elbow” is the most common overuse injury in the elbow. This injury involves partial or complete tears in the extensor tendons of the forearm muscles causing pain on the lateral (outside) elbow on a region known as the lateral epicondyle. Anatomy The elbow joint is made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the radius and ulna (two bones in the forearm). On the distal end of the…

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