Is Surgery Really The Answer To Your Back Pain?

Is Surgery Really The Answer To Your Back Pain?

Back Pain and Surgery A new study in Australia in The Conversation AU by Machado, Lin and Harris 2018, has shown that treatment for back pain costs $5 billion Australian per year and this figure is rising annually. Most of this is spent on surgical procedures like spinal fusion. Spinal fusion is an operation whereby […]

Should you use Ice or Heat for Pain? When should you use what?

Should you use Ice or Heat for Pain? When should you use what?

Generally if you have just injured yourself, ice is best, and if you have a longer lasting injury heat is best – particularly for stiff, aching muscles. COLD THERAPY Ice helps to reduce the pain of an acute (just happened) injury. When you injure tissues what happens is that those tissues – whether they are […]

Is Your New Year Resolution to Exercise? What if  You Can’t Be Bothered!!

  I have written many times on this website about the value of exercise for helping to relieve back, neck and joint pain and maintaining overall health.   I have a confession though – I hate exercising! Well, all that gym stuff anyway! You pay a crazy amount of money to go to a gym […]

Impingement in Your Shoulder – Best Treatment Options based on New Research   

Impingement in Your Shoulder – Best Treatment Options based on New Research  

  What is Impingement? Impingement is irritation of the rotator cuff tendons in the tunnel that is formed underneath the end of the collar bone (the acromion) and the top of the upper arm (humerus). The reason for the impingement (subacromial pain) has long been thought to be due to the mechanical contact that occurs […]

You Tell Me I Have A Disc Problem – Don’t I Need an MRI for That??

You Tell Me I Have A Disc Problem – Don’t I Need an MRI for That??

I need an MRI! Following on from last week’s post when I talked about the fact that most of the time you really will not benefit from having an MRI scan of your shoulder – it is a similar story when you have low back pain. Do You Have a Disc Problem? Probably is the […]

You Tell Me My ‘Popping’ shoulder is Because of a Tear in My Shoulder Tendons – Don’t I Need an MRI?

You Tell Me My ‘Popping’ shoulder is Because of a Tear in My Shoulder Tendons – Don’t I Need an MRI?

Help – I Have a Tear In My Shoulder Tendons! Maybe it is the answer – but not straight away unless you have had recent severe trauma. See below how strong the muscles can become around your shoulder and they need to have strong tendons to link them to the bones – think about how […]

Why Do You Really Have Knee Arthritis?   

Why Do You Really Have Knee Arthritis?  

  Why DO you have arthritis in your knees? Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century Remember all those discussions about why we develop knee arthritis “It is because you played too much sport when you were young” or “Its because he/she is overweight” or “No wonder – he/she is 75, what […]