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Research conducted in 1987 by Dr Gordon Waddell in one of the most prestigious journals of spinal research, Spine, suggested there is little doubt that rest, and in particular prolonged bed rest is harmful in the treatment of low back pain. In contrast there is no...

CLINCAL EXERCISE IS ONE OF THE FADS THAT HAS PROVEN ITSELF AND SURVIVED POST THE BOOM PHASE THANKS TO ITS ASSOCIATED BENEFITS. WITHIN CLINICAL EXERCISE HOWEVER THERE IS A LARGE RANGE IN THE STANDARD OF PROVISION AND EVEN THE TYPE OF EXERCISE IT ENCOMPASSES. Clinical Exercise...

The ACL – Anterior Cruciate Ligament is an important stabilising structure in the knee and one commonly injured in the athlete; especially those involved in sports that require a fast change of direction or pivoting actions. ACL Function: Anterior tibial translation stability 2° stabiliser to tibial...

THORACIC SPINE The thoracic spine is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems that present to physiotherapists. This includes disorders to the intervertebral joints, rib articulations or thoracic discs and may be associated with varied combinations of pain, altered movement and muscular spasm. The thoracic spine...

SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT IS A COMMON CAUSE OF SHOULDER PAIN: Overhead activity of the shoulder, especially repeated activity, is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome and may be more prominent in those with underlying bone and joint abnormalities. With impingement syndrome, pain is persistent and affects...

GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms. Background of the GLA:D® Program Research revealed participants in the GLA:D® program improved symptoms by  32%.  Outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint...

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation in persons aged 65yrs+ Falls threaten the health, wellbeing and independence of older people. But, falling is not an inevitable part of ageing. New research confirming the benefits of exercise for the elderly puts the onus on doctors to...

When? Hamstring strains are very common in sports involving sprinting, change of direction and jumping. Most experts concur that the majority of hamstring strains occur while sprinting and more specifically as the lower limb is in the 'terminal swing phase' of running at a time when the...

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