Shin Splints

Have you got a place for the Virgin London Marathon? Want to challenge Kenya’s Patrick Makau magnificent 2hrs 3min 38sec set at this year’s Berlin marathon, perhaps? Plagued by shin splints, and don’t know how to get rid of them? Well, look no further, Vitality Physiotherapy has the solution for you!

Shin Splints, is a global term often used to describe pain in the leg below the knee. It can occur on the front outer aspect of the leg (anterior shin splints), or on the inside of the leg (medial shin splints). They can affect novice athletes who do too much too soon, or experienced athletes who modify their exercise programme by increasing their mileage or gradient excessively.

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Jumper’s Knee (patella tendinopathy)

Patella tendinopathy was called jumpers knee due the high incidence amongst athletes involved in jumping sports- such as volleyball, basketball and netball. However this condition may occur in both the sporty and non-sporty population groups.

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Achilles Tendon Pathology

The legendary warrior of Homer’s Iliad may have died from an arrow piercing his Achilles tendon, but Achilles injuries today have a good prognosis. Achilles tendinopathy is a common injury affecting athletes, particularly males between the ages of 30-50.

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Back pain

Back Pain is one of the leading causes of sickness related absenteeism at work in the UK.

There are several sources from which back pain can arise. A recent study in the UK, showed that Physiotherapy is clinically effective and cost efffective in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

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ITB friction syndrome (runner’s knee)

ITB Friction syndrome is a very common complaint amongst elite and amateur runners alike. It is caused by the friction of the outside thigh muscle against the lateral aspect of the thigh bone (the lateral aspect of the end of the femur).

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Training for a triathlon – swimming

Training for a triathlon? Swimming injuries are rare. They are more likely to occur in the upper extremity of the body (neck or shoulder in particular) than the lower extremity.

Some common training errors and faulty biomechanics are…

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Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition that results in pain around the outside of the elbow.  It is a bit of a misnomer, as it seldomly affects tennis players. It often occurs after continuous or stenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the back of the forearm, near the elbow joint.

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