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Chartered Physiotherapist - MPhty BPhysio MISCP BMAS
Lorraine Carroll holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under and postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries...
Chartered Physiotherapist - MPhty BPhysio MISCP BMAS
Lorraine Carroll holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under and postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries gained during her time working with professional sport and dance teams.
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Career Reflections by an Expert Clinician

I recently took some time to reflect on my career as a physiotherapist to date, particularly how I have developed as an expert clinician over my many years of practice.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the prestigious University of Queensland, Australia. The UQ physiotherapy department is widely regarded as one of the finest centres for education and research in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the world. During this time of study, I had the good fortune to be taught and inspired by Professor Gwen Jull, Professor Bill Vicenzino and other exceptional educators, researchers, and most of all, physiotherapists whose clinical expertise has helped so many.

Completing my postgraduate degree set me on a path that included working as the lead physiotherapist for Riverdance and the opportunity to work with Leinster rugby as early career highlights before settling into private practice and lecturing at University College Dublin.

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What is an orthotic, and how do they work?

An orthotic is a corrective device inserted in the shoe to improve foot and lower limb function, similar to wearing a pair of eye spectacles.

Orthotics are normally prescribed as part of a physiotherapy course to reduce the strain on the lower limb's pain-sensitive tissues. Rarely, orthotics alone will fully alleviate your pain. Orthotic prescription is usually an adjunct to other physiotherapy treatment techniques.

Our orthotics are prescribed by a specialist chartered physiotherapist after a full foot and lower limb assessment. They will be prescribed for your feet only.

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Tips for reducing Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is common and can have many physical causes. Regardless of the cause and assuming there is no significant pathology, the following self-management tips may reduce the severity and frequency of shoulder pain.

1. Avoid movements or positions which significantly aggravate the pain. Generally, it is important to keep moving using movements that either reduce or have no effect on the pain; some discomfort is okay as long as it is manageable and eases shortly after moving.

2. Avoid repeatedly ‘testing’ the shoulder to see if it is still painful by moving or stretching the painful area in an overtly provocative way.

3. If very sore, use the shoulder within the ‘safe zone’. The safe zone is forwards and sidewards movements, keeping the elbow bent and below shoulder height. Moving within the safe zone minimises the stress on the rotator cuff and surrounding structures, shoulder capsule and muscles.

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Don't Put your Health on Hold

There has never been a more critical time to look after your physical health, which is closely linked to your mental health and immune function. 

If you are in pain, have mobility problems or cannot exercise, we would strongly recommend attending the clinic for an assessment and treatment course if required.

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Super Comfy Strive Footwear

I love my shoes! However, after many years on my feet, I have become much more discerning about the type of shoes I wear. My shoes not only have to look good but feel good. Gone are the days when I can squeeze my feet into a fancy pair of heels and not have very sore feet the next day.

As a runner, I have experienced plantar fasciitis, a painful overload injury involving the thick fibrous tissue which runs from the heel to the sole of the foot.

Diagnosing my own feet problems and working out the best treatment approach is what got me interested in lower limb biomechanics, one of many musculoskeletal physiotherapy sub-specialities. 

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Look After your Amazing Thumbs

The way that bones, muscles and tendons all connect is pretty impressive in its elegance.

Did you know? Hands contain 29 bones, 17 muscles, 123 ligaments, and various arteries and nerves. There are then another 18 muscles in the forearm that help operate the hand and fingers and thumb.

What results is a part of our anatomy, which is very flexible, durable and highly functional. Our opposable thumbs are a clever piece of design, and as advanced primates, we put them to good use.

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Tips for reducing & preventing Anterior Knee Pain

Tips for reducing & preventing Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is a very common condition and we treat many cases here at the clinic. 

The pain and dysfunction are usually related to the patellofemoral joint and needs to be treated carefully and specifically.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

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All about Whiplash Injuries - part 2

If you have not read part 1, which I posted last week, I'd recommend having a quick read.

In Part 2 of this article, I will discuss the assessment of a patient with a suspected whiplash-associated disorder (WAD), as well as an evidence and experience-based physiotherapy treatment approach.

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All about Whiplash Injuries - part 1

You may have heard of the term 'whiplash' but what does the word mean?

Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) is a medical term given to a variety of symptoms which may follow a motor vehicle accident, for example, and include:

Neck pain - on one or more frequently both sides of the neck, either when moving the neck when sitting still or frequently both depending on the severity of the injury.

Dizziness - may occur when changing position or moving the head and neck.

Paraesthesia - aka pins and needles may occur about the neck, towards the head or sometimes down one or both arms.

Headaches - usually an unpleasant 'pressure' type of feeling, starting at the back of the head, either one side or both.

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The 4 Pillars of Christmas Health

Christmas is upon us, and it is time to eat, drink and be merry!

Here are some tips to ensure you enjoy Christmas and don't come out the other side feeling pretty awful. These are based on expert recommendations, research and personal experience.

Being mindful of these four pillars of health may help you enjoy this time of the year without missing any of the fun and festivities!

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