Category Archives: Back pain and other common issues

These articles focus on providing general advice on how to prevent and manage low back pain, neck pain and other common musculoskeletal injuries.

Getting people back to work

Early advice and intervention for musculoskeletal issues reduces sickness absence and improves long term outcome measures. In one organisation a fast access Physiotherapy service was established with the following success; First 4 months 373 employees seen Sickness absence rates from … Continue reading

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What can Physiotherapists help with?

How the public sees the role of Physiotherapy Health problem issue % of  those surveyed who new Physios had a role Patients recovering from hip, knee or joint replacements 73% Spinal or joint injuries (back, neck, joints) 72% Mobility problems … Continue reading

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So what do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists facilitate the restoration of joint and body movement and normal body function in cases of injury, illness and disability. As well as treating specific problem(s) we may also suggest ways you can improve your general health and well-being  Physiotherapy is a holistic approach, looking at … Continue reading

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Ultrasound therapy – Kent Physiotherapy

Electrotherapy serves as an indispensable adjunct to other Physiotherapy modalities. It is commonly used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy in the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders. It treats the cause not just the … Continue reading

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Can an ergonomic chair really help reduce musculoskeletal symptoms?

Research Aims A literature review was used to evaluate the effectiveness of adjustable office chairs on reducing musculoskeletal (muscle, ligament, tendon and joint) pain in the workplace. Methods/Results An extensive literature search uncovered 5 studies that met the inclusion criteria. … Continue reading

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Important muscles to exercise during and after pregnancy

There are many exercises that are considered to be safe during pregnancy and it is important to maintain your fitness – albeit with some adjustments to your usual routine. Saying this there are some exercises that are more beneficial than … Continue reading

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Headaches – treatment and prevention

Who is likely to have headaches related to neck problems? It is surprisingly common for headaches to be caused by problems within the upper part of your neck and this type of headache is called a cervicogenic headache. Many clients … Continue reading

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The good sleep guide

Check out the ‘Good Sleep Guide‘ produced by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Sleeping posture can affect many conditions, but particularly those with neck, shoulder, hip or low back pain. csp_good_sleep_guide

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Pregnancy – Pelvic girdle pain and pubic symphysis diastases (PSD)

In pregnancy there is a natural increase in the mobility of the pelvis due to hormones softening the tissues. The main joints of the pelvis are the Sacro-iliac joints (SIJ) that sit at either side of your low back and … Continue reading

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Back pain patients should see Physiotherapists within 14 days

New research focusing on the clinical and economic benefits of Physiotherapy treatment found that patients with low back pain should receive Physiotherapy within 14 days. The study from The University of Utah found that if patients were seen by a … Continue reading

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Stop spinal manipulation for neck pain researchers warn

Spinal manipulation of the neck should not be used as a treatment as it can cause stroke (British medical journal). The debate on whether spinal manipulation for the neck should be stopped as a treatment option is discussed in the … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and low back pain

Causes of back pain during pregnancy The release of a hormone called relaxin causes an increase in the mobility of joints, this hormone assists during delivery to relax the joints for the birth, but has an effect from conception. The … Continue reading

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Ergonomics for Schools

With Children going back to school for a new year now is a great time to think about Ergonomics in schools. Firstly – Why Ergonomics for schools? Ergonomics is the science applied to understanding how we interact with our environment. It is used to … Continue reading

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Tennis elbow (lateral elbow pain)

Lateral elbow pain is a common and often frustrating presentation amongst Tennis players as well as other sports people and DIY enthusiasts. It has been historically termed “tennis elbow” or “extensor tendinosis”. What is it? Tennis elbow causes pain on … Continue reading

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Sandwich Leisure Centre

United Health is opened its new clinic in Sandwich on the 9th January 2012. This location offers the added benefit of working alongside the Sandwich leisure centre (SLC). The SLC clinic is open Monday AM Thursday PM. To book an appointment … Continue reading

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Golf – play without back pain

Back injuries are the bane of a golfer’s existence. They are the most common golf injury, mostly due to overuse. The rotational forces on the back from the golf swing are equal to more than eight times normal body weight … Continue reading

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United Health in the news

fit as a physio United Health in the Dover Express April 12, 2012 United Health in East Kent Mercury April 19th, 2012

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What injuries cost employers

What injuries cost employers Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain are one of the biggest causes of sickness absence on any given day and account for nearly a third of the total time taken off sick from work. Yet … Continue reading

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Golfing injuries

Common injuries The most common injuries in golf are back injuries. Most of these injuries are simply muscle or ligament strains that usually get better in a few weeks with rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), such as aspirin and ibuprofen … Continue reading

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Acute Injury Management

Acute (New) Injury Management The guidelines for the treatment of injuries to the body’s soft tissue, known as the P.R.I.C.E. guidelines. Injury to the soft tissue of the body is a major cause of pain and disability and this clinical guideline sets … Continue reading

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