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I have lower back pain. Should I seat on a stability ball at the office?

With the increasing number of people working in an office nowadays, it’s more and more frequent to hear people complaining of a sore or tight back. In our practice, we’re often asked by people if sitting on a stability ball (or gym ball) would help their back pain. What causes lower back pain? Our lumbar spine (lower back) is a group of pilled bones (vertebrae) with intervertebral discs in between them, which are stabilised in a correct position by teamwork...

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Make PEACE&LOVE, not RICE…

For many years, we've heard that after an acute injury we should follow the RICE protocol, as in Rest, Ice, Compression; Elevation1. Later, in 2011, Bleakley and colleagues2 suggested adding Protection, making it PRICE. It is not hard to realise that a process as complex as tissue healing may have in a PRICE protocol a very vague and non-specific approach that doesn't change as the condition moves through the several stages of tissue healing and rehab. For this reason, Blaise...

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I was told I have a hip bursitis. Do I need a hip replacement?

Overview One of the most common dysfunctions of the hip joint is described by hip pain on the outside hip bone, especially sore during the night if lying on it or after long periods of standing/walking, where, despite the fact that there may be some underlying arthritis, this is usually not it's cause. As said above, it tends to be a dysfunction, rather than an injury or damage to some structures in the hip area. What is Trochanteric Bursitis? Most...

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I have a shooting pain down my leg. Is it sciatica?

Overview We’ve all heard people saying they have or have had sciatica which they describe as a bad shooting pain down the leg due to sciatic “nerve entrapment”. Even though it has been scientifically and clinically agreed to call “Sciatica” to all leg shooting pains, not all pains that shoot down the legs are related with a compression of the sciatic nerve. What is Sciatic Nerve ? Sciatica term comes after the “Sciatic nerve” term, which is a nerve that...

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Frozen Shoulder

Overview Your shoulder hurts immensely and you can’t make any use of it as it doesn’t have much movement available due to a sudden increase in stiffness. There wasn’t probably a precipitating factor or reason to explain it. You may have heard of it before and you’re likely facing a frozen shoulder, also known as a Adhesive Capsulitis. In a frozen shoulder, the structure that is affected is the capsule of the ball and socket joint: the gleno-humeral joint (Sharma,...

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