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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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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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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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