## Does Physio Work for Sciatica?

Physiotherapy may be an effective treatment option for the cluster of symptoms often referred to as “sciatica”. Sciatica is a diagnostic term that was coined in the 1980s to describe the classical presentation of pain running down the back of the leg along the path of the sciatic nerve. It

## Can Physio Help An Arthritic Hip?

Yes! Physio can help you if you have an arthritic hip. There are however, a few points of clarification that are worth relaying to you. Typically the type of arthritis one develops in the hip joint is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the product of wear and tear of the joint surfaces

## 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 +

## 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

## 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,

## 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

## Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a disease associated with inflammation of the spinal joints. It affects up to 2% of Australians and is three times more common in men than women. It is characterized by the onset of stiffness and pain, usually beginning in the pelvis and lower back and spreading up the

## 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

## 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.

## 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