Shoulder & Arm Conditions

What is Hypermobility Syndrome

What is hypermobility? Hypermobility refers to excessive joint laxity and range of motion. There are numerous causes of joint hypermobility, including genetic factors or development after trauma/ injury. It is more common to find generalised hypermobility in women, especially children and adolescents. An inherent loss in stability is often a result of an issue in…

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Posture. What do we really know?

Posture is a frequent topic of discussion for physiotherapists at Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic, clients, the media and society. A common belief is that spinal pain is caused by sitting, standing, or bending “incorrectly”. Many patients tell us, “I know I have bad posture” before we begin examining them. It is often assumed that “incorrect” posture…

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Tendonitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy, what do they all mean? The tendons within the human body have the primary function of connecting muscles to parts of the body the muscles place a force on, typically bone. This clever design allows the bulky part of a muscle to be situated in an area of the body that won’t…

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Rotator cuff tears

The shoulder joint also known as the glenohumeral joint is highly mobile. This allows for the greatest range of possible places your functional hand can access. It achieves this level of mobility by working with other associated joints in the area: the acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular (which are located at either end of your collarbone), and…

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Cervicogenic headaches & physiotherapy treatment

“Do you think that my headaches are coming from my neck?” This is a typical question that physiotherapists get asked on a regular basis. Cervicogenic headaches (neck-related headaches) may be the cause of up to 35% of all headaches presenting for physiotherapy. The best way to determine if a cervicogenic headache is what you experience…

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Activity induced (overuse) bursitis – what is it?

Bursitis is commonly diagnosed as the cause of pain in many areas of the body; you may have heard of it when people discuss their shoulder or hip. However, the condition is often not well understood and so I will explain here what bursitis is and why your might get pain referring from the bursa….

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Frequency of exercises for shoulder impingement

A research article published in the International Physiotherapy Research journal in June 2010, looked at frequency of exercise therapy in shoulder impingement pain and the long-term outcomes achieved. Shoulder impingement is a very common shoulder injury seen by physios and almost always involves muscle imbalance around the shoulder. This imbalance in conjunction with other structures…

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Do you need a scan for your injury?

One of the most common questions we get as a diagnosing practitioner is “Do I need a MRI, I’ve been told I should get a scan?”. There is no doubt technological improvements in radiology equipment and increased access to these services has become a huge help in us confirming and eliminating particular diagnosis. I thought…

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The complex joint: The shoulder

The shoulder is one of the most difficult joints to treat as it relies on many components to act in sync for correct function. We as humans are so dominant in the use of our hands to manipulate and move items, making the shoulder so important as this is the main joint that places our…

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