Last week Karen was the invited speaker to the Physiotherapy Students at Sheffield Hallam University. The talk was well attended and plenty of interaction occured.
Have you had back pain for a while? Is it worse after lifting? Are you under the impression that you should keep your back straight and brace your ”core” when you lift”?
Well, you might want to think again.
It’s almost part of our culture that you should “keep your back straight” when you lift. However, it’s important to update culture and ask: what’s the evidence for this advice? Well, you may find it surprising, but the evidence for this advice is ...Continue Reading →
PD Warrior is an exercise philosophy that aims to slow your Parkinson’s down. Developed in Australia in 2011 by two neurological physiotherapists Melissa McConaghy and Lynn Tullock, it has already helped thousands of people around the world. It is now coming to Sheffield.
PD Warrior is a ‘neuro-active’ ...Continue Reading →
In the UK there are approximately 152,000 strokes annually. There are also 1.1million stroke survivors and 76% of these have physical deficits. Stroke remains the largest cause of complex disability in the UK.
The physiotherapists role is to help people reach their full physical potential and maximise their functional abilities to enable them where possible to reintegrate into society.
There is evidence emerging that early physiotherapy intervention following a stroke leads to improved physical outcomes. The Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT) in ...Continue Reading →
This post discusses the most common cycling injuries. The most frequent areas of the body that cyclists report having pain are at the knee and lower back. The latter being the most common and both are well documented from collected data over the last twenty years. Unfortunately, the research into causes of these problems are sparse and often anecdotal.
The very nature of cycling (in particular road cycling) and the pedalling action is repetitive with often long hours in the saddle. Minor discomforts ...Continue Reading →
Achilles problems are the curse of all athletes, particularly runners. They are usually the most severe of lower limb injuries and result in the most training time lost or even cessation of running. The mechanisms of injury are debatable but are usually due to excessive:
These are the mechanisms but more relevant to ...Continue Reading →
The term ‘core stability’ has been a term that we as physiotherapists have endured for the last 20 years. Back in the 1990’s a small number of medical articles reported that people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) demonstrated changes in onset timing of certain abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, these findings along with anecdotal beliefs about abdominal muscles led to a revolution and a worldwide industry in promoting core stability type exercises. The fundamental assumption was that weak abdominals lead to ...Continue Reading →
Can you believe it has been a year since the Tour De France touched down in Yorkshire? The legacy of this fantastic event is clear to see with a significant number of people taking up cycling.
As with any increase in sports participation we will experience an influx of patients that are experiencing problems related to that sport. It can be multifactorial from people literally starting a sport from scratch to overtraining at the elite level. More commonly I experience ...Continue Reading →
Cycling has become increasingly popular in the UK over the last 10 years due in part to the success of the British Cycling team in major competitions as well as British cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome winning the Tour de France. This year Yorkshire is holding the Tour de France Grand Depart and this will inevitably create interest and a surge in people taking up cycling.
If you are new to cycling then choosing a bike is ...
We often get patients that have been told by Consultants, G.P’s, osteopaths, Chiropractors and fellow Physiotherapists that they should be careful or even stop certain activities or sports following an injury. These words are very powerful and patients will more often than not stop their sport of choice and become more sedentary.
Commonly, I often find that this advice is given to runners who have had or are recovering from acute lower back pain, whatever the explanation given as to ...Continue Reading →
We have just started a series of presentations discussing common cycling injuries; how to prevent these occurring through a thorough bike fit, as well as introducing the benefits of using a Wattbike for ongoing training or occasional specific fitness testing.
The repetitive nature of cycling has the potential to cause problems. When observing the statistics, competitive cyclists average up to 5,000 pedalling revolutions an hour, between 10-150 miles each session and up to 20,000 miles a year. It is therefore easy ...Continue Reading →
We commonly assess and treat people with elbow problems and more often than not these patients have been given the diagnosis of Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). This can be from a number of sources both medical and non-medical. Personally I think a pure ‘Tennis Elbow’ is less common than reported and I feel all elbow problems are lumped put under this umbrella term.
What we tend to find is that the source of the pain can be from a number of structures ...Continue Reading →
I was recently asked to see our neighbour’s mother (Mrs T) who at the age of 80 had started to develop right knee pain that didn’t seem to be improving. She never had any knee pain in the past and she’s a very fit and active woman who walked on a regular basis. The right knee was acutely painful on standing or walking short distances and in the last few months it had started to swell on a ...