How Pain can be like school

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In 1993-96 I was at University for the first time. My best mate Simon was in a room down the corridor in our halls of residence, then we shared two different homes together in our second and third years. I don’t recall how it came up in conversation, but during … Read More

When Healthcare Fails

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I recently shared the heart-breaking story of the untimely passing of Talia Goldenberg here following elective surgery to fuse her neck. The article published in The Seattle Times this month paints a grim and damming picture of the healthcare system failing Talia, in particular the actions of her surgeon Dr … Read More

Patellofemoral pain

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So here’s my summary (plus some interpretation) of the editorial on the homeostasis model: There are several factors previously suggested to have been the cause of, or related to, PFP – strength, flexibility, patellar tracking, quadriceps angle, joint shape, depression, fear-avoidance – but there is insufficient evidence that any one … Read More

Used Car Salesman

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In all seriousness, if I’d gone to a Physiotherapist every time I had an ache or pain this past year, I would have been having treatment every single week and my bank balance would be a whole lot smaller. Two treatments isn’t an unreasonable number of visits for each ‘episode’, … Read More


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Whether it’s Gary Vaynerchuck @garyvee telling us the value of patience in business, or Yoda telling the young Luke Skywalker “patience you must have my young padawan”, the theme is wanting or expecting something right NOW and not having the patience to wait. The same is true in health, disease … Read More

Gluteal Tendinopathy

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Some current thoughts based on recent posts from Physios Dr Peter Malliaras (PhD) and Dr Allison Grimaldi (PhD). A ‘clinical diagnosis’ is based upon what the client tells us about the onset of symptoms, cause, function and symptoms, combined with what we can test, measure or observe – or something … Read More

Scheurmann’s disease

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Scheurmann’s disease is a condition used to describe the shape of bones in the spine which create an excessive outward curvature or ‘hunch’. Normally rectangular front-to-back, vertebrae can instead develop as ‘wedge-shaped’ at the front. A diagnosis is given to a spine with a fixed (not ‘postural’) curvature of 45 … Read More

Strength is the ability to generate force

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Put simply, ‘strength’ is the ability to generate force. If you have increased your strength (got stronger) you would have increased the ability to generate force, which is clearly measurable – 1kg became 5kg then 10kg and so on. If the load remains the same, your strength has not increased. … Read More

Let’s talk shoulder pain

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A lack of evidence doesn’t mean that something doesn’t work, but as soon as there is evidence of little or no specific benefit, the scientific process forces us to at the very least become skeptical; where there’s one failure, there will be more! Time and time again in Physiotherapy we’ve … Read More