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Runner’s Knee – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What is Runner's Knee - Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Runner's knee (Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a general diagnosis given to people who present with pain at the front of the knee joint. Pain is the predominant symptom which is usually located around the knee cap. The knee pain often comes on insidiously (without a history

When to ice and when to heat?

When it comes to pain or an injury, there is often much confusion about when to ice and when to heat. Therapeutic icing and heating are a safe, cheap and easy self-treatment option for many common painful problems, but knowing which one is correct for a particular issue leaves many of us unsure. Heat and ice

Plantar Fasciitis

Do you ever experience pain in the arch of your foot that seems to just come out of nowhere? Chances are, you may be suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. What is Plantar Fasciitis? The Plantar Fascia is a thick, stringy ligament that connects our heel to the front of our foot. It supports the arch of

How to help back pain

What causes back pain? There are lots of reasons for getting back pain: poor sitting posture, excessive driving, heavy lifting, lack of stretching - even the wrong footwear! These activities put a strain on the back muscles which can cause them to tense up leading to pain. Sometimes the muscles will stay tight for weeks,

Achilles Tendinitis

Our Achilles tendon is the largest, strongest tendon in our body that stretches to help us walk, run and jump. Injuring this can result in Achilles tendinitis or worse, Achilles tendinosis. What is Achilles tendinitis? Overuse of our Achilles tendon can cause the tendon to swell, become irritated, inflamed, and painful resulting in what is

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is very similar to, the more well known, tennis elbow. In fact it is the same injury only on the inside tendon of the forearm instead of the outside. What does this mean? It means that we will feel pain where the tendon (medial epicondyle) attaches to the inside of the

Ligament Injuries

What are ligaments and why are they so important? A ligament is a tough band of fibrous tissue which connects bone to bone in order to support a joint and help mobilise it. When we suffer an injury, either from a serious fall or an impact during an activity, we force the knee beyond its

Neck pain – common conditions

Neck pain is one of the most common issues we treat at Physiofusion and this is usually for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, neck pain can be down to muscular strain or ligament sprains. Our neck is constantly having to support the weight of our head and because of this, the muscles and ligaments

Muscle knots – how to help

Having a knot can cause a considerable amount of discomfort and at times can be very painful.  So, what are knots, how do we know when we have got a knot and why are they so common? First of all, muscle fibres run in all different directions in our body and our muscles are layered

Myofascial Release therapy

What is Myofascial Release and how does it benefit us? Myofascial Release is a specific type of hands-on massage therapy that can be performed by our specialist physiotherapists. Myofascial Release focuses on the fascia which is a connective tissue within the body - it surrounds and connects the muscles and organs of the body. Tightness