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Factors To Consider In The Treatment Of Chronic Low Back Pain

Low back pain continues to be a topical issue within society and one which all of us can relate to. Undoubtedly each of us have either suffered with low back pain ourselves or know someone who does.

While for some it can be an acute episode that resolves over a short period of time for others it becomes an ongoing issue that may develop into a much greater problem, that of chronic low back pain.

We recently listened to a very interesting podcast by Dr. Kieran O’Sullivan, from the University of Limerick, on chronic low back pain. He discusses how we as Chartered Physiotherapists can improve our approach in the care of these patients suffering low back pain.

Some highlights from the podcast include:

By the time someone with chronic (around 3 months or more) low back pain attends the physiotherapist he or she may already have been in contact with several healthcare practitioners and undergone extensive diagnostic testing. Each of these practitioners may have had a slightly different explanation as to the cause of this person’s pain.

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What Is The Difference Between A Chartered Physiotherapist And A Physical Therapist?

Although sometimes used interchangably the titles 'Physiotherapist' and 'physical therapist' are actually quite distinct from each other. Inspired by a recent question from one of our clients I will share some details that should help to explain what the difference is between a Chartered Physiotherapist and a physical therapist.

Definition - Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability. Using knowledge from our extensive scientific and clinical background Chartered Physiotherapists can help to assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people of all ages and social groups.

Chartered Physiotherapists use manual therapy including manipulation, mobilisation and massage as well as alternative modalities including electrotherapy and acupuncture. The Chartered Physiotherapist also utilises prescriptive exercise as a rehabilitative tool to help patients achieve their full potential. While traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, the profession has expanded greatly into other health care areas. We have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.

Definition - Physical Therapist

The Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science Limited defines Physical Therapy as a holistic approach based on the manual treatment of soft tissue, i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

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How To Cure Repetitive Strain Injury?

A combination of medical intervention and lifestyle modifications are needed in order to offer a cure for a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

RSI, also referred to as upper limb work related disorder, is a general term used to describe pain of muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse (National Health Service). It most frequently occurs in those who work with computers or in repetitive manual labour. This condition mostly affects parts of the upper body including the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrists and forearm.

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What Causes Knee Pain In Children Plus Treatment Tips

There are common causes of knee pain in children but it can be difficult to determine which aches and pains need medical attention and which they may “grow out of”.

Osgood Schlatters

A common cause of knee pain, particularly in boys, is Osgood Schlatters. Your child may complain of pain and tenderness below their knee cap and could recently have had a growth spurt. The pain is due to irritation of a ligament, called the patellar ligament, which connects the kneecap to the shin bone. This is sensitive to touch and your child may have pain with walking or jumping activities or on the stairs.

The initial treatment for Osgood Schlatters is “RICE” Rest Ice Compress Elevate which can help ease pain symptoms. Symptoms usually subside when the growth spurt ends…unfortunately this could take 1-2 years! Gentle stretching of the quadriceps muscle is also advised as it can reduce the tension on the patellar tendon. It is also important to consider lower limb biomechanics and gluteal/ hip muscle strength and intervene with Physiotherapy treatment where necessary to help accelerate the healing process.

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Wimbledon Reminds Us How To Treat a Sprained Ankle

With Wimbledon fever well under way and a particularly injury prone year among the top seeded players I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the most common tennis relates sports injuries. Research has shown that there are 54 injuries per 1000 games played (Pluim et al 2006). Among the most common injuries are a sprained ankle, shoulder strain, calf strain, tennis elbow and back injuries. 

Let’s take a closer look at the sprained ankle.

The sprained ankle is highly common in both the elite and the recreational sportsperson. The sudden sprinting, side movements and change of direction as required in tennis can cause the ankle to twist, particularly if the player is becoming fatigued or are playing on a slippery surface. The likes of Andy Murray and Roger Federer will wear ankle braces during matches in order to reduce the risk of such injuries.

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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation - INFOGRAPHIC

Good quality sleep is really important. Sleep not only enables the body to recharge physically but is also essential for helping us stay mentally alert and balanced. In fact, poor quality and not enough sleep over prolonged periods can affect our health in many negatively ways.

This infographic describes The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

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mmCP Newsletter - May 2013

Baby Lia Ryley - born 30th April

We are excited to announce the arrival of Simon and Lorraine's second child. Lorraine and baby are in great health and resting well. Thank you for all the kind wishes we have received. 

Lorraine will be on maternity leave until November 2013 and until her return Simon, Katie and Paula will be taking very good care of Lorraine's clients. 

May 2013 Dublin Events

Dublin City Soul Festival May 23rd – 26th

This is Ireland’s feel-good festival, raising funds for the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity. If you fancy a mood uplifting and vibrant place to be this might be the perfect choice later this month.
Visit the official website here

Bloom 2013 in Phoenix Park May 30th - June 3rd

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Benefits and Risk of Medical Acupuncture For Pain Relief

Sticking a needle into a tender muscle may sound like madness but it often does help! 

A very common condition we treat effectively with dry needling is pain and dysfunction within the muscle and connective tissue often centred around trigger points - a condition referred to as myofacial pain.

In this article I aim to describe why we use dry needling, how it works and the risks involved with some of the adverse reactions we may encounter.

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Chronic Headache Trigger Points

Headaches are among the most commonly treated problems in medical practice. 

In this post Paula Morgan reviews - “Myofascial Trigger Points and Their Relationship to Headache Clinical Parameters in Chronic Tension Type Headache”

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Pilates Term January 2013

Our new 8 week Pilates term begins tomorrow on Monday 14th January 2013. We have several classes beginning this week and we're looking forward to seeing the many new faces who have joined us this term. We are going to start the New Year as we mean to go on - looking after our bodies and enhancing our physical wellbeing by committing to a regular movement routine. More...

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