Leaflets

During our discussions with patients, both before and during treatment, we tend to hear similar questions so we have produced a series of leaflets to explain a little bit about some of the more common problems. These leaflets are in Adobe PDF format and you can download a free viewer to display these documents if you do not already have a copy.



Ankle Sprain

A sprained ankle is the most common type of ankle injury. It is the stretching and tearing of the ligaments that hold the ankle bones and joint in position. A ligament is an elastic structure. Ligaments usually stretch within their limits and return back to their normal positions, but when a ligament is forced to stretch beyond its normal limit, a sprain occurs

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Anterior Knee Pain

This is a general term for pain felt at the front of the knee.

The pain can arise from one of several structures around the front of the knee joint. Most commonly it comes from behind the knee cap (patellofemoral) but can also arise from the muscles, tendons, fat pad or other surrounding structures.

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Arthritis of the Hip

Hip pain is an extremely common problem in people over the age of 50 years of age. It can be due to osteoarthritis – ’wear and tear’ or other conditions. Osteoarthritis is when degeneration of the joint surfaces occurs so they are no longer smooth but become roughened. This can cause pain. However, studies have shown that the amount of osteoarthritis within the hip does not necessarily correspond to the amount of pain that is experienced.

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Arthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis, commonly know as ‘wear and tear’ arthritius, is the most common form of the joint disease and the knee is one of the most commonly affected areas.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of treatment originally used in China as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is now practised widely and accepted in its own right as a very effective treatment for a variety of conditions. Acupuncture literally means ‘needle piercing’: the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomical points in the body (called acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes.

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Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder joint, commonly regarded as a “ball and socket joint” is the most mobile joint in the human body.

A joint capsule, cartilage (labrum) and muscles and ligaments collectively provide joint movement and stability. Pain in the shoulder joint can come from any of these structures.

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Low Back Pain

Most back pain is caused by joint and muscle strain, trauma, poor posture or poor body mechanics. Back pain can affect anyone at any age, and most people will suffer an episode sometime in their life.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that occurs causing pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. It acts like the string of a bow helping to prevent the arch from collapsing.

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Shoulder Impingement

The shoulder joint is commonly regarded as a ‘ball and socket joint’ and is the most mobile joint in the human body. A joint capsule, cartilage (labrum), muscle and ligaments collectively provide joint movement and stability. Pain in the shoulder joint can come from any of these structures. The important componant in shoulder impingement is the Rotator Cuff- a group of four muscles which provide the shoulder joint with movement and stability.

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Sitting Correctly

Are you sitting correctly? View this leaflet for information on how to sit correctly. It is important to take regular breaks. Click this leaflet to view a few quick exercises that can be done at your desk.

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