Mechanical Low Back Pain Explained

Mechanical Low Back Pain Explained

What is Mechanical Low Back Pain? Mechanical low back pain refers to pain that arises intrinsically from the spine, intervertebral discs, or surrounding soft tissues. It is a broad term that encompasses various causes of low back pain, including muscle strain, disc herniation, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, vertebral compression fractures, and acute or chronic traumatic injury. What

Tension Neck Syndrome

Tension Neck Syndrome Explained

Tension Neck Syndrome, also known as “tension neck syndrome” or “cervicogenic headache,” is characterised by neck pain and muscle tension, often headaches. This syndrome is commonly associated with prolonged periods of maintaining an awkward head position or repetitive neck movements, such as those often seen in desk work or prolonged use of electronic devices. Symptoms

Muscle & Tendon Strains

Muscle / Tendon Strains – A Definitive Guide

What Are The Symptoms of Muscle & Tendon Strains? Muscle and tendon strains share some common symptoms, but there are differences in how they present. Here are the typical symptoms of muscle and tendon strains: Symptoms of Muscle Strain Pain The most common symptom is localised pain at the site of the strained muscle. The

Ruptured / Herniated Discs

Ruptured / Herniated Discs – A Complete Explanation

A ruptured or herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or disc herniation, is a medical condition affecting the spine’s intervertebral discs. These discs are the soft, cushion-like structures located between the vertebrae (the bones of the spine), and they serve as shock absorbers, providing flexibility and support to the spinal column. When a


Are You Suffering from Tendonitis?

What is Tendonitis? Tendonitis (“tendinitis”) is an inflammatory condition affecting the tendons, which are thick cords of tissue that attach muscles to bones. Tendons are responsible for transmitting the force generated by the muscles to the bones, allowing movement of the joints. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons become irritated or inflamed due to overuse, injury,

What is Musculoskeletal Medicine?

What is Musculoskeletal Medicine?

Musculoskeletal medicine is a subspecialty of General Practice, involving the examination and management of all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, which includes joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones. The specialty encompasses diseases as diverse as these structures, ranging from acute and chronic injuries to complex conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. Common injections used

Delayed Onset Muscle Pain

Delayed Onset Muscle Pain (DOMP)

Jo (not her real name) hobbled into my consulting room, walking stiffly and in obvious discomfort.  My initial thought was that she had injured one of her knees or hips, after commencing exercising to assist with her osteoarthritis.  She was nearly in tears as she told me that it burned like fire to walk, climb

Back Pain Myths

Back Myths & Truths

Is there a role for massage in back pain? There seems to be no harm following the first week, however, there is little evidence that shows massage aids in a speedy recovery. What about the evidence for laminectomies? A laminectomy is when the lamina (the back bit of the vertebrae with the spinous process) is

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is when you get pain at the bottom of the foot, usually near the heel, but it can extend up towards the greater toe. This pain can occur when getting out of bed or when walking. How do I know if I have it? The pain can extend from