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Month: January 2019

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery (key hole surgery) – is this the end of this procedure?

By Jason Dodd, Clinic Manager and Sports Therapist at Bodylogics. Specialising in running related injuries and lower limb injuries. It is said that 25% of people over the age of 50 years old experience knee pain from degeneration.  What is important to note here is that degeneration of bones is perfectly normal and just shows that you have lived!  Management of this pain usually comprises of watchful waiting, weight loss if over-weight, physical therapy, exercise or topical pain medication such …

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Pre-Exercise Foam Rolling – to do or not to do, that is the question…..

By Gerard Minihane, Head of Physiotherapy Department at Bodylogics and Lead Sports Therapist. Foam rolling in recent years has become common practice for sportsmen of all levels. You will often see them in gyms or in corners of sports ground dressing rooms. Although they have become common practice and you’ll often hear people bragging about using them and how AMAZING they are, people don’t always know how to use them effectively or more specifically when to use them, for how …

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Meniscus Tears in the knee – Is surgery a good idea?

The meniscus are two key parts of the knee that protect the cartilage in your knee joint. They are located between the surfaces of the femur (your thigh bone) and tibia (your shin bone) in each knee They protect bones by acting as shock absorbers during movement.  A meniscal tear is a very common diagnosis and ‘key-hole’ surgery as well as open surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out worldwide. Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy (key hole surgery) …

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Does a Scan tell us all we need to know?

By Andrew Terry – Lead Osteopath at Bodylogics I want to start this by saying that as an osteopath, I think scans such as X-rays and MRIs are extremely useful. If I have a patient come into my clinic with a suspected fracture, I will send them straight to A&E to get a scan. Osteopaths are fantastic at taking case histories, carrying out examinations and special tests. We’ve spent at least four years learning anatomy, physiology and various types of …

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The best exercises for building glute strength, based on research and evidence.

You may have heard before that ‘a strong core is the key to staying injury free’.  But what does your core refer to?  There are many parts of your core.  Most people assume it means your stomach muscle or your abs.  Although this makes up part of your core, it is a small part of it.  Basically, your core consists of all the muscles on your trunk.  This also extends to your hip area too. Your hip muscles, especially your …

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How to avoid cramp with the single leg bridge exercise.

Gluteal muscle strength and endurance play a significant role in injury prevention, normalising gait patterns and posture, eliminating pain, and enhancing athletic performance.  Weakness of the gluteal muscle groups tends to be a defining factor in the injury of many athletic performers, especially running based activity. Gluteus medius strengthening has been shown to improve functional recovery and pain reduction in patients following knee meniscus surgery.  It has also been shown that gluteus medius endurance and active hip abduction tests are predictive …

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Achilles Tendinopathy

You have been training really well, you are feeling in great shape and then all of a sudden you start to get a little bit of pain in the Achilles.  You think nothing of it, you tell yourself ‘it will go in a while’, you think it’s just a sign of working your muscles hard so they are going to hurt a little.  Wrong!!  You are most likely on the pathway to Achilles Tendinopathy and it can be a turbulent …

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Why does my shoulder hurt when doing the bench press at the gym?

At Bodylogics we often get athletes visiting who have a long term training plan which focuses on increasing their muscle bulk size and who are undertaking what they believe to be structured training programmes.  Most of the programmes obtained from the internet are very good and will challenge each individual in their own way and will result in significant muscle gains.  However, even when following these programmes we still have athletes experiencing pain when doing the bench press but not …

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Shoulder pain – do I need to have a scan and possibly surgery?

It is believed that over 40% of the population have shoulder pain at some stage of their life.  Shoulder impingement is a common diagnosis and involves the compression of tendons between the head of the humerus (your arm bone) and the acromian/clavicular joint (better known as your AC joint).  See the image below for an example of the impingement; When the arm lifts up to your side, and your rotator cuff is weak (see our blog here for more information …

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Managing lower back pain – NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines

Low back pain is the leading cause of long term disability worldwide. The lifetime incidence of low back pain is 58-84%, and 11% of men and 16% of women have chronic low back pain. Back pain accounts for 7% of GP consultations and results in the loss of 4.1 million working days a year. More than 30% of people still have clinically significant symptoms after a year after onset of sciatica. The guidelines set out by the NICE institute replaces the National Institute for …

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