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Young, Healthy and Hit by COVID


As a physio, I have read the statistics, tracked the treatment advances and spent hours putting together COVID procedures for our clinics. I never expected to become one of the statistics myself. Mid December I developed a tight band around my chest which just didn’t feel right. I didn’t have any cough, fever or change in taste/smell but it jus ...

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Running and Health


Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise globally. In fact, according to research from expert David Lange, when writing for between November 2018 and November 2019, approximately 6.8 million people in England went running at least twice within 28 days. Which is great news as it’s common knowledge that exercis ...

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Boom and Bust


Boom and bust are terms we are used to hearing in relation to the business world. In this regard, boom is rapid expansion potentially overstretching the business without having the infrastructure in place to cope. Bust comes when either the bottom falls out of the market or the business can’t meet the demands being placed upon it. How Does It Lin ...

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New Employee: Ryan Cross


What is your full name? Ryan Cross Which clinic will you be based in? Doncaster What position have you just joined? First contact practitioner How did you hear about Pure? Indeed and from a work colleague in my previous job. What attracted you to Pure? Working as a first contact practitioner and to make a better change for patients that are in p ...

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New Employee: Stefan Deniel


What is your full name?  Stefan Deniel Which clinic will you be based in?  Adelaide Street, Norwich What position have you just joined?  Physiotherapist How did you hear about Pure?  Through LinkedIn / colleague. What attracted you to Pure?  Rapid expansion, opportunities to learn and progress, knowledgeable team of professionals as a support ...

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What Is A Herniated Lumbar Disc?


The intervertebral joints of the low back (lumbar spine) are composed of the lumbar vertebrae that are separated from one another by an intervertebral disc. The intervertebral disc is made up of a type of tissue called fibrocartilage, which is tough and fibrous. The centre of the disc is made of a softer material known as the nucleus pulposus. The ...

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Working From Home Guidance


We are now 14 weeks into lockdown and despite the fact that things seem to be changing, many of us are still working from home. This presents unique challenges, where at work we may have had our specific desk setups and we were expected to be at our work stations all day. These are some things we have heard several people say to us in the last 14 w ...

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Weight Management in a MSK Setting


85% of physiotherapists look to address a patient’s weight when deemed appropriate, usually via advice that is focused on the importance of weight loss according to (Holden et al., 2019). With experience, these potentially tricky discussions get easier, but the provision of specific guidance is variable. This challenge compounds in cases wher ...

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Coronavirus Update


After the recent government update regarding the lockdown and phased reopening, Pure Physiotherapy’s face to face services will remain closed. Whilst we are positively encouraged that the phases will help us move in the right direction, our main concern is the protection of our patients, team and the community. There are several factors we consid ...

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Medical Scans and Musculoskeletal Pain: Interesting Facts


What is Medical Imaging? A patient with spinal pain, shoulder pain or knee pain (amongst others) may be referred for some form of investigation by their doctor or physiotherapist. This may often be in the form of a scan, otherwise known as medical imaging. This could include an MRI scan, x-ray or ultrasound, to name but three. There is often a beli ...

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Lower Back Pain- Slipped Disc?


A common injury reported is a ‘slipped disc’ or a ‘herniated disc’. But what does this represent with regards to back pain? The intervertebral discs are located between each of your spinal bones and provide protection, range of motion and shock absorption. A herniation/bulge/slipped disc is where a portion of the disc begins to push out fro ...

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Coronavirus – COVID-19 Information


Pure Physiotherapy, the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived bac ...

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Wow! £9430.55 raised for Sheffield Dementia Charity by SFD15


Last year we were asked if we could assist the Sheffield Fans Derby in their fundraising efforts. They required pitch-side physiotherapy cover for the teams in order to be able to run the event. We were happy to step up and support such an amazing cause (although it was a cold damp evening!) Their 2019 charity was Sheffield Hospitals Charity Dement ...

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Lower Back Pain Myths 4 – Lifting Posture and Movement


Pain can be experienced during movements for a multitude of reasons – muscle spasm, over activity, strain etc. but it tends to be linked to a lack of movement. When we then perform a sudden movement that our body is not used to, an over-stretch in an unfamiliar direction may initiate a muscular spasm as a protective mechanism. If we move more ...

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Lower Back Pain Myths 3 – Is Movement Causing More Damage?


“I must be causing more damage by moving my back because it hurts when I bend”. This is typically not the case. As outlined in previous blogs in the series, pain is our perception of potential damage yet what we know is that these movements such as bending aren’t dangerous despite pain/discomfort being experienced. Our spines are ...

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Lower Back Pain Myths 2 – I need a scan!…Or do you?


All too commonly patients are seeking an x-ray or MRI to help establish the cause of their symptoms, guide treatment, provide a faster recovery, reduce the costs of healthcare and may influence the outcome. This isn’t necessary as studies have shown that very rarely do scans match up with symptoms, it doesn’t benefit treatment, results tend ...

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Lower Back Pain Myths – 1


Lower back pain is very common and according to the World Confederation of Physical Therapists (WCPT), it is the number one cause of disability across the globe! But this doesn’t need to be the case. Only 1-5% of all lower back pain is attributed to serious disease or injury. However, this can leave people scratching their heads as to why exa ...

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Go Direct!


Many GP surgeries are now offering First Contact Physiotherapists which means you can see a physio direct without seeing the doctor. You can also self refer into our clinics and be seen quickly and get appropriate treatment fast. Go Direct today ...

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Plantar-Fasciitis (Plantar-Fasciopathy)


Plantar Fasciopathy (also referred to as Plantar-fasciitis or Plantar-fasciosis) is a condition related to pain on the plantar fascia (see image above). It is an irritating condition which affects around 1% of the population (around 600,000) and it is the most common cause of heel pain we see. It is more common in middle ages, people whose work inv ...

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Introducing the pelvic floor


The pelvic floor muscles exist in both men and women…….. honestly they do!! The role of the pelvic floor is to keep organs such as your bowel and bladder in position; especially on movements that cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure like lifting, sneezing and carrying. The pelvic floor needs to be effective when passing urine or a bowe ...

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The shoulder complex


The shoulder complex refers to much more than just our shoulder. Function of our shoulder joint requires interaction between muscles of the neck, the arm, the shoulder and the shoulder blade! Similar to our hip joint, the shoulder is known as a ball and socket joint – the ball being our upper arm and the socket being the cavity at the outermost p ...

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Why does my hip hurt?!


Gluteal tendinopathy (often referred to as lateral hip pain or Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome) is a common musculoskeletal condition mainly affecting females between the ages of 40 and 60, though there is a moderate incidence among the younger athletic community such as high-level runners. This condition often presents as pain in the outer aspe ...

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Let’s stand!


Do you find that the majority of your day is spent sitting? Whether that be sitting in a chair in the comfort of your own home or sat at a chair in front of a computer at work or driving a car for a living. Recent research shows that people have higher rates of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease when sitting for long periods of ti ...

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Exercise and Osteoarthritis


Have you been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis? Have you been told you need to limit activities which cause you to experience some pain? Do you want to remain active but feel your diagnosis is preventing this? Keep reading!   Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective interventions concerned with the management of Osteoarthritis (OA) ...

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