Category Archives: Therapies

A list of the therapies offered by Milltown Physiotherapy clinic

Do Schoolbags Cause Back Pain in Children and Adolescents?

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

Therapist correcting woman in fitness class

Two out of three herniated discs shown to heal on their own

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

World Physiotherapy Day September 2018

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.

1 in 4

Improving MH

Ankle Sprain

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.

 

BJSM Ankle

Exercise isn’t harmful for people with knee osteoarthritis

“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

knee

Occupational Therapy at Milltown Physiotherapy

Laura o Donnell Photo2

 

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.