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Back Injuries

22/05/2017

Hot or Cold Therapy for Back Pain

Many of us will have experienced a back injury at some point in our lives, and most can testify as to how painful it can be. It’s not unusual to adopt a trial and error method to relieve the pain. Two of the most popular methods of alleviating pain is through heating and / or cooling the area through the use of hot and cold therapy. However, there can be some confusion as to which kind of treatment is best for use on different injuries. There are those who argue that... Read More

T4 Syndrome

What is T4 Syndrome? T4 syndrome occurs when the T4 vertebrate in the spine is damaged and causes pain in the arm. The vertebrae bones which make up the spine are named T1 to T12 from top to bottom. Between each of these vertebrae lie the facet joints and discs which help support the weight and control the movement between the individual vertebrae. When either of these joints become damaged or injured, damage in turn can be inflicted on the nerves which surround the joints. The most common area for this injury... Read More

Spondylolysis

SUMMARY Causes: Hereditary thin vertebrae Hyperextension of the back such as excessive bending, lifting and twisting Overuse injury seen in sports such as weightlifting, gymnastics, throwing sports Symptoms: Sudden or gradual onset of lower back pain Pain when resuming activity Treatment: RICE method Back brace Anti-inflammatory medications Stretching and strengthening exercises Physiotherapy What is Spondylolysis? Facet Joints are found in the back which help support the weight and control the movement between the individual vertebrae of the spine. Pars interarticularis are the thin bony structures which connect the vertebrae to... Read More

Sciatica

SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury Twisting force or direct impact to the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Landing from a jump Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammation Inability to bear weight Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory Medication Supports and Braces Strengthening and Stretching exercises Surgery What is Sciatica? Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve found between the lower back and upper leg becomes irritated or compressed. The most common cause of... Read More

Facet Joint Sprain

SUMMARY Causes: Excessive bending, lifting and twisting Overuse injury Poor Posture Symptoms: Sudden or gradual onset of pain in the back and spine Pain when resuming activity Weakness, aching and stiffness in the area Pain may be felt in the chest, rib cage or shoulder blade Treatment: RICE method Physiotherapy Posture evaluation Postural back brace What causes Facet Joint Sprain? Facet Joints are found in the back which help support the weight and control the movement between the individual vertebrae of the spine. Facet Joint sprain occurs when the connective... Read More