Category Archives: Hip Pain

Injury Prevention for Recreational Joggers

Jogging is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. It gets your heart rate up and burns lots of calories. However, jogging is tough on your joints, particularly if you jog on hard surfaces such as concrete or road. The wholesale prevention of injuries from running is probably wishful thinking… but

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Referred Pain

The concept of referred pain might be unfamiliar to you. Essentially, referred pain is the phenomenon whereby pain is experienced in a different location on/in the body to the location of an associated injury or problem. There are two types of referred pain. The first is known as somatic pain,

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Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis

We introduced the conditions known as spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in a previous piece that you can read here. Spondylolysis Spondylolysis is a condition in which a defect develops within the pars-interarticularis of a vertebra, usually one of the lower lumbar vertebra. You may have also heard to this condition being

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Spondylitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondyloarthropathy

Each of these terms shares the prefix “spondyl” which is derived from either greek term spondulos or the latin term spondylus- which both mean “vertebra”. Medicine and anatomy is replete with terms with greek and latin origins. It can make things confusing if you are browsing for information about your health. All

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Osteoarthritis

By strict definition, arthritis is defined as “joint inflammation” i.e. the “arthr” denoting part of the latin term for joint, while the “itis” denotes the latin suffix for inflammation. The “osteo” in osteoarthritis denotes the latin term for bone. So the term osteoarthritis, technically describes bone + joint + inflammation.

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Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy is the term we used to describe a tendon that exhibits signs of structural disorganisation on imaging studies such as ultrasound. The term tendinopathy was coined as a replacement for the more commonly known term tendinitis. Essentially, the term tendinits dropped out of favour once it was discovered that

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Bursitis

Bursae are small sacks of fluid that serve the purpose of buffering regions around joints where there is a lot of rubbing or sliding of tissues such as tendons and fascia against each other or bony prominences. Bursae have a protective role of sorts, as without them other tissue within joints would

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Isometric & Eccentric Loading

Information about isometric and eccentric loading of muscles and tendons could arguably be folded into our page on graded strength and conditioning, however, we have included this separate post as it provides an opportunity to discuss isometric and eccentric loading with the context of treatment for tendon problems such as

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Assessing Injury & Pain – Part One

You may recall that in When Pain Persists Part Three we described three circumstances from which elevated nerve ending sensitivity occurs. These were; Structural Pathology (damage or wear and tear to tissues) Ischemic Strain on Tissues (limited oxygen supply and waste product removal) Cognitions / Emotions (influence of thoughts / feelings) If we could

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