Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common reason for young teenage clients to come into our clinics. If you have pain at the front of the knee, then this article is for you. Find out the specific causes of pain in the front of the knee, Osgood-Schlatter Disaese and our top 5 ways to manage this disease.
Do you want to improve your fitness but not burnout? Key tips to avoid overtraining!
Overtraining – what is it?
From my time working with a wide-range of sporting athletes – weekend warriors through to semi-professional, it is apparent that many injuries I see coming into the clinic stem from training loads – be they too large, too small, or increased too fast. With this in mind, I thought it was time to have a discussion around what the research literature is defining as over-training, and some general tips around how to avoid it and risking injuring.
People walking into the clinic with an acute onset of neck pain and stiffness is a relatively common occurrence here at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy. I would like to take the opportunity to explain a common pillow and sleep related condition we see: acute wry neck. While this article specifically covers how to fix a wry neck, other articles such as thoracic mobility, headaches, workstation setup, and sleep are also gems of information.
This article will answer:
- What is wry neck?
- The cause of wry neck?
- What are the main signs and symptoms of wry neck?
- What contributes to a wry neck?
- How to fix a wry neck?
- How to prevent a wry neck…
So what is wry neck?
Wry neck is a relatively common complaint where you develop neck pain and stiffness, which is often accompanied by spasm of the related neck muscles. This causes pain and makes it hard to move your neck through a normal range of motion.
Wry neck can also be referred to as an acute wry neck since the onset is abrupt – or acute!
I often hear the story of someone having a busy week at work, being extremely tired, and then waking up the next day unable to move their head/neck in a certain direction. Clients will often come into the clinic holding their head at a weird angle – as at the time this is the most comfortable position!
The most commonly injured ligament in the knee that undergoes surgical repair is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). We see numerous people throughout the year who walk gingerly into the clinic with a referral from their surgeon to start their rehab journey after an ACL reconstruction. This article will outline the importance of early-stage ACL rehab, and the role that stretching and strengthening plays in ACL rehab.
What does the ACL do?
The ACL is a ligament – a body structure made of strong fibrous material that works to control excessive motion by being a limit to the mobility of a joint. It is located within the knee joint capsule.
ACL injury is often seen in all football codes, skiing, basketball, netball and any other sport involving change in direction running.
The ACL is the main restriction to forward motion of the tibia or shin bone. It stops the tibia sliding too far forward – or when the foot is planted, the femur sliding back. The ACL also contributes to stabilising the amount of angulation and rotation at the knee joint. It is called a cruciate as anatomically it crosses with another ligament in the knee – the posterior cruciate ligament.
Cricket season is upon us! Finally we are out of the perils of the Canberra winter! For those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to be paid to chase the red leather around and haven’t had a good winter to get ready – it is time (if not past time) to start preparing the body for the upcoming season.
Here at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy we see a lot of injuries throughout the summer relating to cricket. A hit from a cricket ball during delivery or fielding may result in bruising or fractures. A fielder/bowler may injure themselves while stopping that ball getting to the boundary. Cricketers can also suffer from a range of overuse injuries associated with all aspects of the game. This includes running, throwing, keeping, batting and bowling – the latter being the most common.
A large proportion of these injuries involve the lower back. A large proportion of low back pain injuries happen in the up and coming young fast bowler.
This article will:
- provide some education regarding low back pain, particularly in young fast bowlers
- explain how technique plays a role
- show the best ways to try and prevent low back pain in the upcoming season.