Category Archives: Shoulder Pain

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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Spinal Nerve Root Compression

This diagnosis often goes hand in hand with a diagnosis of a bulging or herniated disc. Very often patients will explain to me that their pain is a product of a disc bulge squashing a nerve root in their spine, with their pain spreading down the leg or arm. It

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When Pain Persists – Part Two

In “When Pain Persists – Part One” we framed the problem of persistent pain in terms of a stalled “protective state”, driven by the failure of one’s nerve ending sensitivity to normalize as an injury heals. Put simply, the body fails to return to a “normal” level of sensitivity following the onset of

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