Sever's Disease

Sever’s Disease – how to help kids with heel pain

Sever’s Disease is a painful reaction in a growth plate at the back of the heel. It reacts due to additional traction from the Achilles tendon during a significant growth spurt. It tends to affect kids between 11-14 years of age. As the pain is linked to the rapid rate of growth, most episodes only […]

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Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy – why the usual fixes don’t work!

Pain from Achilles tendinopathy comes on slowly over a period of weeks and months. It often begins as a mild discomfort after a run or field training session. As it worsens, the pain increases in intensity and takes longer to resolve after a training session. As it becomes more chronic, the symptoms associated with Achilles […]

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Sciatic nerve pain pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain is one of the most common “side effects” of pregnancy. It causes a pain that can originate as high as the buttock and can extend down the back of the leg into the foot. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that originates deep in the buttock. This means that it cannot […]

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Pulled stomach muscle

Pulled stomach muscle? How to confirm the diagnosis & fix it!

A pulled stomach muscle often causes lots of pain. It can come on without an obvious cause. And it’s persistent, hanging around for weeks. But those symptoms are the same for many abdominal issues – digestive problems and the like. So how do you confirm that it’s an abdominal muscle strain? And once you’ve confined […]

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Sciatica

How do you relieve sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica refers to an irritation of the Sciatic Nerve as it passes thru the buttock, causing pain down the back of the leg. The term is often misused to describe spinal nerve irritation causing a similar pain in the back and leg, however this is a different condition. Severity can vary from an ache that […]

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Calf muscle tear

Calf muscle tear – tips for a fast, SAFE return to sport

The onset of a calf muscle tear can vary from a sudden pop or stabbing sensation to an extreme tightness or pre-cramp feeling Visible bruising is less common with calf tears Recovery times vary widely based on the severity and location of the tear TIPS You can confirm a tear that involves some structural damage […]

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Groin strain

Why groin strain injuries are difficult to rehab

Groin strain injuries, also called “Adductor muscle strains”, typically occur when the muscle is subjected to a sudden overload. This can happen during fast cutting/agility movements, sprinting or direct loading such as a soccer tackle. Groin strains can prove difficult to rehab and are prone to recurrences. This is because of their unique biomechanical role. […]

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Hip stress fracture

Hip stress fracture – how to spot it & what to do

Hip stress fractures can present as a vague but persistent hip, buttock or groin pain They are more common in females and most prevalent in endurance sports such as distance running The pain is often confused with gluteal tendinopathy or chronic gluteal muscle fatigue or strains due to its common aggravating factors and symptoms TIPS […]

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Hallux valgus

Hallux valgus (Bunion) – not inherited from your mother!

This condition is characterised by thickening and angulation of the big toe joint (known as 1st MTP) as well as pain and swelling around the joint The condition is progressive (ie. the angulation is not reversible) but the rate of progress can be slowed significantly with appropriate changes This condition is due to poor foot […]

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ITB pain runner

ITB syndrome – common problem, uncommon solutions!

ITB syndrome causes a diffuse pain across the outside of the knee, roughly in line with the kneecap, as the knee bends to 40° while weight bearing There is no swelling and usually no tenderness to touch, although there may be a tender spot if the bursa is affected The leg can feel weak or […]

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