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What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis  is inflammation of tendons of two muscles in the hand region called abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis.

 

These two tendons run side by side in a sheath and are lined with a lubricating material called tenosynovium. Tenosynovium normally helps the two tendons glide over each other smoothly and when there is inflammation of the tenosynovium, tenosynovitis is said to occur. Aside inflammation, there can also be thickening of the tendons. These processes, inflammation and thickening cause pain and sometimes noises around the wrist region as the hand is being used.

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What is Golfers Elbow Pain?

Golfers elbow is used to describe an injury that usually originates from the medial epicondyle. The medial epicondyle is a bony region on the inside of the elbow and several muscles which help to flex the wrist and fingers are attached there.

Golfers elbow symptoms can be categorised as acute if less than 6 weeks, sub-acute from 6 weeks to three months, chronic if more than three months. There are also instances when the pain re-occurs.

 

Symptoms of Golfers Elbow Pain

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Tennis Elbow Pain

Tennis elbow is used to describe an injury that usually originates from the lateral epicondyle. The lateral epicondyle is a bony region on the outside of the elbow and several muscles which help to extend the wrist and fingers are attached there.

 

Tennis elbow symptoms can be categorised as acute if less than 6 weeks, sub-acute from 6 weeks to three months, chronic if more than three months. There are also instances when the pain re-occurs.

What are tennis elbow symptoms?

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Neck Arm Pain

Neck-Arm Pain

Neck arm pain is a term usually used by people to describe pain occurring in the neck, shoulder, arm complex.

While there are may be many causes, the underlying principle is that there is usually neural tension or compression which is then causing the myriad of synptoms

 

Causes of Neck-Arm Pain

  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
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What is Treatment of Whiplash injury in Nigeria Like?

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a term used to describe the symptoms which occur after the neck swings forward and backward suddenly and very fast. This very fast movement is usually called a sudden acceleration-deceleration force. The symptoms usually affect muscles, joints, ligaments, bones, nerves and discs in the neck and upper body regions.

 

Causes of Whiplash

Whiplash is most commonly caused by motor vehicle accident. Other activities which may cause whiplash are instances where there is sudden acceleration-deceleration forces such as sporte related collision or roller-coasters.

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What is Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction or Pelvic Dislocation?

 

Simply put, it is when there is an abnormal gap at the region of the symphysis pubis of the pelvic joint. Normally, the two pelvic bones meet at the front, in a region called the pubis symphysis. When there is a gap of 1cm or more, either due to the effect of pregnancy hormones or trauma, the condition is described as symphysis pubis dysfunction. Other terms used to describe this condition are pubic diastasis or pelvic dislocation.

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7 Common Gym Injuries and Managing it Without Medications

Injuring the body while trying to achieve a fitness goal can be a major set-back. It’s annoying as it limits you from achieving your target and it’s also worrying because you are concerned about its severity and how long it would take to get back to your active lifestyle.

How do you know when to wear brace, when to rest the part, when to change your footwear and when to see a physiotherapist? Below is a list of commonly occurring injuries in people with fitness goals. Physiotherapists have been extensively trained to manage ailments and help in rehab without the use medications. For most injuries, the first intervention recommended is usually PRICE: Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Not heat. Do NOT use heat balm or rub vigorously when you have an acute injury.

 

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Shoulder Pain in Breastfeeding Mothers

As a nursing mother, there is so much to juggle in the first few months after giving birth. Sleepless nights, diaper changes, finding a good nanny or maid, hosting visitors and guests are a few of the things to contend with externally. Internally , a lot is also going on and the focus is usually on the baby while mothers tend to neglect themselves. Remember a healthy mommy is a healthy baby and we know you want to take care of yourself without using using medications.

 

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in nursing mothers. Shoulder pain can occur either because they repetitively use the same arm to carry the baby or let the baby sleep off on their arms especially while nursing at night. This places parts of the shoulder joint under stress and the constant irritation of this region can lead to shoulder pain. Most commonly, bursitis or shoulder impingement are the most commonly occurring diagnosis in breastfeeding mom’s. Mom’s shoulder is also a term which has been used to describe the cluster of symptoms associated with breastfeeding. This pain can be diffuse or specific to a region, it can also triggered by specific movements such as reaching behind to wear seatbelt, lying on that side, trying to carry the baby to the back.

 

Guidelines for managing shoulder pain while breastfeeding

Below are a few guidelines on how to minimise the occurrence of shoulder pain when nursing

  1. Alternate sides. Most people tend to carry their babies on their right side because they are right handed. However, to minimise the chances of injuring the shoulder region, it is better to alternate the side on which you carry the baby switching from the left and right sides frequently.
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Upper Back Pain while Breast Feeding

As a nursing mother, there is so much to juggle in the first few months after giving birth. Sleepless nights, diaper changes, finding a good nanny or maid, hosting visitors and guests are a few of the things to contend with externally. Internally and often neglected are the body pains and musculoskeletal dysfunction your body may be experiencing.

The most common type of pain mothers experience occur in in the upper back, neck and shoulder. Though these three body parts are located close to each other, pain or dysfunction in them can occur separately or at the same time. If left unattended to, pain in one area can spread to another. For instance, a mother struggling with upper back pain may develop neck pain if she does not manage the upper back pain properly.

Upper back pain: It usually extends from the upper spine around the thoracic level upwards towards the base of the neck. There may even be palpable knots around the shoulder blades and muscles. It typically occurs as a result of imbalance in the muscles because the shoulders roll forward and shorten the chest wall while the upper back muscles lengthen and become weak.

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Physiotherapy After Spine Surgery

 

Physiotherapy after Spine Surgery

The choice to undergo a spine surgery is a tough one to make. There’s a lot of concern and consideration about the risks, complications, safety, competence of the surgical team, success rate, resources, support system and prognosis. We understand. At PhysioCraft, we work with you through the journey and the decision making process.

Once the decision has been made to have a spine surgery, ideal circumstances require that you are seen by the physiotherapist not only after the surgery but also before the surgery. Asides getting acquainted with you, pre-surgery physiotherapy prepares you and your body for the surgical process and reviews everyday activities with you. While on admission and a few hours after the surgery, physiotherapy should start.  In the early hours post-op, everyday movements such as how to breathe, how to cough and get out of bed are examples of the movements which are reviewed.

As you get stronger after the neck or back surgery, there are several ways in which physiotherapy helps after spine surgery.

Pain management: While a certain amount of pain can occur after surgery, there are ways to manage it conservatively and without medication. This is where we as physiotherapists have had extensive training. At PhysioCraft, we have worked with several clients to reduce the consumption of their pain medications even after surgery.

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