What Do We Specialise In?
We tackle a wide range of conditions:
Whiplash / Road Traffic Accidents
If you have ever been involved in a road traffic accident then you may have suffered a whiplash injury. This is a hyperextension (over-extension) injury to the neck, often the result of being struck from behind, as by a fast-moving vehicle in a car accident. The individual may be accelerated forward, pushing the body forward, but the head remains behind momentarily, rocking up and back, some muscles and ligaments may be stretched or torn.
Pain relief is important in the primary management of whiplash which then is accompanied by stability, strengthening and postural exercises, and this program is carefully guided with the expertise of the Physiotherapist.
Low Back Pain
Causes of lower back pain are varied. Most cases are believed to be due to a sprain or strain in the muscles and soft tissues of the back. Overactivity of the muscles of the back can lead to an injured or torn ligament in the back which in turn leads to pain. An injury can also occur to one of the intervertebral discs. As the body ages, the spine does as well, discs begin to diminish and shrink in size, resulting in vertebrae rubbing against one another. Ligament and joint functionality also diminishes as one ages, which causes the vertebrae to move much more than they should. Pain is also generated through spinal stenosis, sciatica and scoliosis. At the lowest end of the spine, some patients may have tailbone pain (coccydynia). Others may have pain from their sacroiliac joint, where the spinal column attaches to the pelvis, called sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae or a spinal disc herniation, a vertebral fracture or rarely, an infection or tumor.
Sports injuries can be classed as overuse or traumatic injuries. These are injuries that occur to athletes participating in sporting events. Overuse injuries as the term implies can be due to the same part of the body being used when participating in a certain activity. For example, runner’s knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow, although it does not often occur with tennis players. Other sports injuries can result in muscle strains, ligament sprains or even a broken bone.
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