As winter sports begin again, the potential risk of associated injuries also increases. Sports have an increased risk of participants developing soft tissue injuries, specifically hamstring injuries. Muscular injuries constitute around 40% of sports related injuries, with the hamstrings being the most frequently affected muscle group. Especially in sports that involve sprinting, kicking, acceleration and […]
What is pain? The Oxford dictionary describes pain as an unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury.
It’s the body’s alarm system to alert you that something is wrong, that there is actual or potential damage to the body.
One of the most common questions we are asked by our patients is “How long will it take until it is better?” and the answer is that healing times vary greatly depending on the type of injury, the structures that have been damaged, the amount of time that has lapsed since injury began as well as your age, general health and other lifestyle factors.
Many people have heard of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), and whilst this was once considered the best practice for acute soft tissue injury rehabilitation and management, research now has suggested to turned away from RICE and towards PEACE & LOVE. An acronym that encompasses the complexity of an acute soft tissue injury, combining both immediate care (PEACE) and subsequent management (LOVE).
The crisp frosty mornings, the smell of deep heat in the trainer’s room, meat pies in the warmer, and the sound of umpire’s whistles in the background!
It has been so wonderful to get back to our local sporting clubs this year to cheer on our junior and seniors athletes! Netball, soccer, hockey, footy, tennis, cricket or whatever you play, its great to be back!
A high ankle sprain is stretching of the ligament in front of the ankle which holds our two leg bones- fibula and tibia together above our ankle joint. High ankle sprain is caused by rolling over the front of our foot (toes in the ground) this places more pressure on the front of our ankle, unlike the usual lateral ankle sprain where we roll on the outside of our ankle.
Our bodies are resilient, strong and are made to move, but unfortunately our bodies are not invincible. There is a lot of risk involved if we use our bodies in the wrong way, and the dangers of exercising with poor technique could lead to injury.
Exercise is so beneficial, and there are many different ways we can get our daily exercise. It’s a way we can improve endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, as well as cardiovascular fitness. It is also a fantastic way to get involved in social groups, as well as improve our emotional and mental well-being.
A very common question we often hear in our clinics is whether someone should be using heat or ice treatment to help manage pain.
The answer to that will always depend on the type of injury or pain, and how long it has been present for. It is very helpful to know which one to use, and it’s also important to understand what heat and ice do to your body when they are applied.