Category Archives: Upper Back Pain

Does Physiotherapy Work for Arthritis?

What is 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 +

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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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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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