Knee pain

What causes knee pain and how do you treat it? Knee pain is most commonly seen in active individuals and can present due to a number of reasons, such as long distance running, excessive squatting and contact injuries from sport. Pain can be aggravated by movements such as squatting and bending, single leg loading, running, going up and down stairs, and also during prolonged periods of sitting, meaning it can affect many aspects of daily life, not only participation in sport and exercise. I...

Thoracic Spine Pain

What causes thoracic spine pain and how to reduce symptoms? Thoracic spine pain or mid back pain can be largely disabling and result in high pain levels. Although it is not as common as low back or neck pain, it is still a common occurrence, especially in┬ápeople who are mostly sedentary through the day.   Postural mid back pain Mid back pain which develops from poor posture or inactivity is common among the office working population. Most cases will not have a specific mechanism of...

Hip Pain

Hip Pain - Symptoms, Diagnoses and Treatment Hip pain affects many activities of daily living and can be debilitating. It is commonly resultant from sporting participation in twisting and pivoting sports such as soccer and football, although can present due to long distance running and even in the older, sedentary population. Commonly, hip pain is of a gradual onset with the slow development of symptoms affecting movement and strength, with the final product being pain. This said though, a s...

Ankle Sprain

What to expect during and after an ankle sprain injury? An ankle sprain commonly occurs during activities requiring rapid changes in direction, especially on uneven surfaces. They often occur in basketball, football, volleyball and netball. The usual mechanism of injury is an extreme combination of turning the foot inwards (inversion) and pointing the foot and ankle downwards (plantar flexion) during weight bearing. Common symptoms Swelling around the ankle and foot Bruising Audi...

Elbow Pain

What is tennis elbow? Elbow pain has a large impact on daily tasks because we use our hands for most activities. In the presence of pain, tasks which involve gripping, lifting and twisting become difficult, often occurring concurrently with a lack of strength. The cause of elbow pain varies, with many individuals working in manual labour developing elbow pain due to repetitive heavy lifting or gripping movements, and also office workers due to static postures or poor positioning of ergonomic...

Why things hurt

Watch this great TEDx on how our bodies work and why things hurt.