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Injuries

Runners Knee

Runners knee is the common name for patellofemoral pain syndrome which causes pain around and behind the knee cap. It is one of the most common overuse injuries in people…

Cycling Injury Prevention

Impact injuries Crashes are an unfortunate part of cycling. Potholes, careless drivers and mis-communication amongst group members can all result in you ending up on the road or in the…

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a condition where pain and stiffness develop in the joint to such an extent that the patient finds it difficult to move their arm. This…

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition that produces pain on the outside of the elbow and upper forearm. It is particularly noticeable when bending your arm, gripping small…

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports injuries are usually caused in two ways – Impact and Overuse.Impact injuries would come from a fall or tackle whereas Overuse injuries are due to repetitive strain. Overuse injuries…

Kinesiology Taping

Developed in Japan in the 1970s, Kinesiology taping (KTape) has now become a common sight at all major sporting events and is gaining popularity amongst non-elite athletes and the general…

Heat or Ice?

When injury strikes or everyday aches and pains need a little attention, it can be hard to decide what action to take. This chart gives a simple explanation about when…

Iliotibial Band (ITB) Tightness

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common causes of ‘Runners Knee’ and accounts for up to a quarter of overuse injuries in runners. The ITB is a…

Piriformis Syndrome

The Piriformis muscle is located in the buttocks, beneath the Gluteus Maximus . It runs diagonally from the Sacrum (base of spine) to the top of the Femur (thigh bone)…

Shin Splints

Also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (M.T.T.S), “Shin Splints” is a catch – all term for pain felt in the lower leg along the Tibia or shin bone. This…

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a series of microscopic fissures or severe bruising within the bone. It causes localised pain at the fracture site which may increase during exercise and subside…

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick strap of connective tissue that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. It supports the foot arch and gives us the…

Ligament Sprain

Ligaments are a connective tissue made from collagen fibres and they attach bone to bone at joints. Ligaments help to stabilise the joint and can become damaged if the joint…

Muscle or Tendon Strain

A muscle can be strained when some or all of its’ fibres cannot cope with the demands being placed on them. This strain can occur in the muscle belly, where…

What is the P.R.I.C.E protocol?

During the acute inflammation stage of a soft tissue injury (24 to 48 hours), I would recommend the P.R.I.C.E. or P.OL.I.C.E. procedures: Protect – The damaged area should be protected…