At some point nearly all of us will unfortunately suffer from Back Pain. This may cause pain and stiffness in the upper back (thoracic spine) around the ribs and shoulder blades or lower back pain (lumbar spine). The pain may refer to the buttocks, legs, trunk, abdominal or groin region. You may also experience pins and needles in the legs or feet.
Many of my patients present with these symptoms and after a thorough examination the cause of the problem can be established. It may be the vertebral joints of the thoracic or lumbar spine, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis, the nerves or the surrounding muscles or fascia that are the source of your Back Pain.
The good news is that 95% of all Back Pain gets better given the correct advice, exercises and treatment. Depending on the source of your pain Physiotherapy treatment that will facilitate recovery may consist of Mobilising or Core Stability/Pilates based exercises, Myofascial Release Techniques, Joint Mobilisations or Manipulations, Ultrasound or Acupuncture. I also always give general advice regarding management of Back Pain in both the short term and long-term, in order to help alleviate the acute pain and prevent recurring problems.
So if you are suffering from any of these symptoms and this all sounds too familiar, then give me a call. Please visit my website at www.bedfordphysio.co.uk , or alternatively, call me on 01234 881400 for any further information or advice you require. I look forward to helping you.
PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR RUNNING INJURIES
I would like to wish all the runners doing the London Marathon on April 22nd the best of luck, hopefully your training has gone to plan and you have remained injury free. I have seen several pre-marathon running injuries this past few months including Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Shin Splints, Hamstring and Calf strains, Achilles Tendinopathy and Plantar Fasciitis.
Are any of these injuries familiar to you?
All of these injuries benefit from physio, firstly to correctly diagnose the problem and secondly to provide the appropriate treatment to get you back up and running asap.
Treatment may include exercises to strengthen or stretch, soft tissue work, ultrasound, acupucture, taping and general advice on footwear, training schedules and management of your injury.
The London Marathon is an amazing experience, having completed it a couple of times myself, I can guarantee you will enjoy the electric atmosphere with amazing support from the crowds lining the entire route and from your fellow runners. The sense of achievement is immense when you cross the finish line but make sure you raise your arms and smile for that photo finish!
If you have ran London before how was it for you?
As it’s February, and the ski-ing season is well underway I thought it may be of interest to discuss common injuries sustained on the slopes that end up requiring Physiotherapy!
Common injuries are: whiplash, shoulder pain( joint strain or muscular damage or possible dislocation), wrist and in particular thumb pain( “Skiers Thumb”:sprain of Ulnar Collateral Ligament), knee pain (particularly Medial Collateral and Anterior Cruciate Ligament and the cartilage inside the joint) and also, if more serious, possible fractures.
Good preparation before embarking on a ski-ing holiday will reduce the chance of an injury. This ought to include strengthening all of the muscles in the legs in particular the buttock (gluteals), thigh(quadriceps, hamstrings, abductors and adductors) and calf (gastrocnemius and soleus). Good core muscles and balance and co-ordination also make for an injury-free time. After a days ski-ing it is a good idea to stretch all these muscle groups to maintain good flexibility and reduce post-exercise soreness ready for Apres Ski fun!
So if you are going on a ski-ing holiday do your strengthening exercises in the preceding weeks to get yourself in the best possible shape, use proper equipment, ensure you have a good and safe technique and stretch well afterwards, allowing you to have a wonderful time and make the most of your holiday. Any injuries sustained remember RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to facilitate a quicker recovery. If you are unfortunate enough to return home with an injury give me a call on 01234881400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my utmost to get you back to normality asap.
Was very kindly invited to do a talk on Physiotherapy last night at WI Carlton Bedfordshire. Well received and great attendance. Lots of interesting questions during and after talk. Thankyou for invite and hope it was informative regarding the physio world, what I do and about my Private Practice in Turvey. Thankyou ladies it was lovely to meet you all.