An ankle sprain is one of the most common sporting injuries. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from a mild sprain through to severe complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or broken bones.
In the past, physiotherapists, doctors and specialists have recommended the R.I.C.E. principle following an acute injury. This acronym stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. However research has shown that this isn’t necessarily the best way to optimise recovery. Often after an acute injury, a little bit of rest is necessary. But one problem is that many people may rest for far […]
During pregnancy, the growing baby and hormonal changes cause the tummy to stretch. As the baby continues to grow, the tummy muscles (rectus abdominus) may start to stretch apart or separate and a ‘gap’ can form where the muscles join down the center of the abdominal wall. This gap is known as diastasis of rectus […]
You do not need to sustain a blow to injure your shoulder. Shoulder dysfunction can appear to happen out of the blue, one example of this is the “frozen shoulder” type injury. This can occur for a range of reasons, including a lack of activity and aging. Studies have shown that due to hormonal changes, people are more prone to non-traumatic shoulder pain and dysfunction as they age. In China, the condition is called the “50 shoulder”, which highlights the role our age (and changing biochemistry) plays in frozen shoulder type conditions. Read more
Runner’s knee is a general term for knee pain felt around the knee-cap. Physiotherapists often refer to runner’s knee as “Patellofemoral Joint Syndrome” or “Patellofemoral pain”. The patellofemoral joint is composed of the kneecap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur). Read more
Knee pain is a common complaint we see at Better Health. The tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones of the knee are subjected to forces when running, jumping, twisting and kicking and also can be injured during a fall or direct blow. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus are common structures in the knee that can tear or become damaged. Read more
The birth of a new baby is wonderful, and the beginning of many happy times. However there are many challenges that a new mother faces, including the well-known challenges of breastfeeding and sleepless nights. A less widely discussed, but equally challenging issue, is that of incontinence. Read more
Just like any muscles in your body, your pelvic floor muscles can go into spasm. And just like any muscle in spasm, with the right intervention and in the right hands, treatment can be simple, fast and with permanent results.
Millions of women suffer silently from pelvic floor disorders, but they don’t mention their symptoms to health professionals because they are embarrassed or because they don’t think help is available. The ultimate irony is that pelvic floor disorders affect about one in three women – no need to be embarrassed or think you’re alone! Read more
Rotator Cuff Injury
The shoulder joint is a relatively unstable joint that is moved and controlled by a small group of four muscles, known as the rotator cuff. These muscles (the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) help move, control and stabilise the shoulder.
A rotator cuff injury can include any type of irritation or overuse to these muscles or their tendons, and is one of the most common shoulder injuries we see. Injuries involving the rotator cuff include impingement, tendinopathy, strains and tears, all of which can be acute or chronic in nature. Activities that cause rotator cuff injury include lifting, falling, overhead activities, repetitive activities, poor posture and degenerative changes to name but a few. Read more