Medical Articles

Is Traction Effective in Treating Neck and Back Pains? The jury is still out.
12 Nov 2011, 2:40 pm

Today while not done in the same manner, traction remains a popular treatment modality for the management of spinal complaints. It is common for patients to attend physiotherapy clinics requesting traction, doctors to refer patients suggesting that the individual may benefit from a course of traction, and hospital-based physiotherapy sessions to consist of weekly sessions of mechanical traction.

Back to Sports: Advanced Knee Rehabilitation
12 Aug 2011, 2:40 pm

Knee Injury is one of the most common injuries sustained in sports. It can be in the form of meniscal or ligamentous injury, the most notorious being the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear. As a result of such injuries, athletes often get frustrated as they are unable to perform at their best or even engage in the sport itself. More often than not, athletes do not manage their injuries well and many will attempt to return to sports much earlier than optimal and usually end up worse than before.

How to Reduce the Risk of Serious Spinal Pain in the Office
12 Jul 2011, 2:40 pm

Spinal pain is the second largest cause of work absenteeism and the largest cause of lost productivity in the workplace. And musculoskeletal complaints are the most common medical cause of long term work absence, accounting for over half of all the sickness absences lasting more than 2 weeks

Cervicogenic Headache: Physiotherapy Assessment and Managment
12 Apr 2011, 2:48 pm

Approximately 70% of the people who suffer from frequent intermittent headache complain of neck symptoms. This proposes the possible relationship between the cervical spine and headache. Such cervical spine related headaches are termed as Cervicogenic headache. As always, an accurate diagnosis is important in the effective treatment of the headache

Physiotherapy and Idiopathic Scoliosis: A new approach in the management of scoliosis
12 Mar 2010, 12:32 pm

The non- surgical, conservative treatment and management of idiopathic scoliosis has been traditionally included the use of a rigid brace, physiotherapy treatment involving the release of tight muscles and core strengthening exercises and in some cases manipulation by chiropractors. Although these techniques have been used for many decades, the overall management lacks specificity.

Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow: Tendinitis or Tendinopathy?
12 Dec 2009, 3:19 pm

Very often, patients with pain either over the lateral or medial side of the elbow, are diagnosed with having Tennis or Golfer’s elbow respectively. Patients have been known to have recurrent pain and that the prognosis for complete recovery has been about 46-49%. But why does such a simple problem have such moderately poor prognosis? The answer lies with poor compliance to treatment and coping strategies. This poor compliance arises from the inadequate understanding of the nature of injury

Shoulder Instability
12 Oct 2009, 3:07 pm

Proper function of the shoulder complex is essential in most sports performance. As the most mobile joint with six degrees of freedom, the greatest challenge is to maintain shoulder stability during movement. Sports that require overhead activities like swimming, tennis and cricket are in the high risk group for unstable shoulders. Patient history may reveal a traumatic incident where the shoulder was dislocated, repetitive microtrauma from sporting activities or even non-traumatic cases where the shoulder feels like it “pops” out. The situation is evident in people with general joint hyperlaxity. A proper shoulder history and appropriate clinical tests will help to diagnose an unstable should

Use of real-time ultrasound imaging in the rehabilitation of spinal muscles
12 Jul 2009, 2:40 pm

Retraining of the core muscles in spinal rehabilitation is now widely accepted as beneficial in the management of low back pain. The inhibition and the loss of control of the Multifidus and Transverses Abdominus as a result of low back injury do not recover spontaneously (Hides et al, 1996; Hodges and Richardson, 1996) and require specific exercises in stimulating their recovery (O’Sullivan, 2000). The use of real time ultrasound imaging facilitates this process by accurately diagnosing poor motor pattern and accelerates motor learning through instant visual feed back

Taping Techniques in Management of Musculoskeletal Problems
12 Mar 2009, 2:40 pm

Taping or strapping is commonly used in the sporting community and its effects and role are widely understood and accepted. In the early years, taping helped prevent recurring injuries by stabilizing and restricting the range of motion of a joint. This is done using rigid and non-elastic tape and is known as restrictive taping.

Causing Most of the World’s Pain, Anonymously
12 Jan 2009, 2:40 pm

For centuries pain has been afflicting man. It is intangible, mysterious and yet ubiquitous. Myofascial Trigger Points are the commonest cause of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed aches, pains and other puzzling symptoms. The daily clinical experience of thousands of physiotherapists, massage therapists and physicians verifies that most back and neck pain and headaches which are recurrent and stubborn are caused by trigger points or muscles knots

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