The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a systematic review* last year on whether schoolbag use is a risk factor for back pain in children and adolescents. This is often cited as a cause of back pain in children but the findings of the research may come as a surprise.
They found that there is no convincing evidence that aspects of schoolbag use increase the risk of back pain in children and adolescents.
The article is free to read on BJSM here https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/19/1241
*A systematic review – is basically a summary of the results of available carefully designed healthcare research studies (controlled trials) which provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions
This service beginning next month is used to treat a number of Men’s health condition such as Erectile Dysfunction,
Peyronie’s disease, Induration penis plastica, Chronic pelvic pain syndrome, Myofascial
trigger points, Male Pelvic pain, Post Prostatectomy Urinary & Erectile Dysfunction,
Athletic Pelvic Dysfunction.
An excellent infographic here by @SportsMedNI on who is likely to redislocate their shoulder.
A New Zealand study has found that age, dominant side and kinesiophobia are a few of the factors that can be used to predict a recurrent dislocation.
Results of a recent systematic review last year which analysed the available research over the last 25 years found that 66% of herniated discs in the lumbar spine heal spontaneously. The looked at studies from United Kingdom, Japan, France, Korea and Italy.
The study concluded that due to the high percentage of discs resorbing that conservative treatment may become the first choice of treatment for lumbar herniated discs.
To have a read of the study, please see here
Incidence of Spontaneous Resorption of Lumbar Disc Herniation
A great infographic here on measuring the risks of falls by Kevin Wernli Physio. Kevin is worth a follow on twitter @KWernliPhysio.
This is a really nice way to inform the risk of falls in a patient basing it on the time taken to complete a backwards walking test “as fast and as safely as possible”.
It’s World Physiotherapy Day this Saturday, and the theme this year is Mental Health, Phyisotherapy and Exercise.
Did you know that 20% of people living with osteoarthritis have depression or anxiety?
Exercise improves the quality of life and self-esteem of people experiencing mental health
issues and has a large and significant antidepressant effect in people with depression.
Did you know that 1 in 3 ankle sprains are actually re-sprains. Within the first year your risk of re-spraining your ankle is twice as high!
A physiotherapist can help with balance exercises which have been shown to reduce the risk of re-spraining your ankle by as much as 40%.
A lovely infographic here by Kasper Janssen published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
“Advice to rest and avoid pain is commonly provided to people with knee and other joint pains. This advice is often wrong, and harmful. Inactivity and rest makes pain and osteoarthritis worse, not better in the longer term. Our joints need movement and exercise to stimulate repair and keep them strong. There is undisputable evidence that staying active and regular participation in exercise is safe and will help improve pain, and a person’s quality of life”
Some great work here by physiotherapist Dr. Christian Barton
Watch the video below from a patient’s perspective.
Myth Busted Exercise helps
We are delighted to welcome Laura O’Donnell (BSc Hons OT) to Milltown Physiotherapy. Laura is an experienced Occupational Therapist who will be available here on Saturdays. She graduated from Trinity College in 2009 with an honours degree in Occupational Therapy.
Laura has extensive experience working with adults with acute and chronic conditions across a wide range of clinical areas. These include Neurology (e.g. Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathies), Frail Elderly (e.g. falls, mild cognitive impairments, Dementia), Chronic Pain and pulmonary, cardiac, endocrinology (e.g. diabetes) and orthopaedic conditions. She specialises in Stroke/Neurological rehabilitation and Chronic Pain management.
A really nice infographic from @infophysiopt on twitter that shows what exercise is good for knee osteoarthritis. From Tai Chi and yoga to strength training, find something you enjoy and can stick to for positive results.