Entries by Kim OLeary

Astronauts and Dizziness

Did you know that when astronauts return to earth they suffer severe vertigo symptoms as their inner ear which is the major part of our vestibular system has to adjust to effects of gravity back here on earth. They can suffer nausea, vomiting and loose their balance. This problems is not just isolated to going […]

Pain in the Leg

Do you ever wonder what the term shin splints means? The term shin splints has been widely used as a catch-all term referring to a collection of different conditions that cause lower leg pain. The term Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) better defines the injury and separates it from injuries such as stress fractures or […]

Rock and Ankle Roll

Rolled ankles are one of the most common injuries that Physio’s see in athletes. In facet it accounts for 10 to 30% of sports-related injuries in young athletes. The term “sprain” merely indicates that a ligament has been damaged. Sprains are divided into several groups depending on the severity of damage to the involved ligament. […]

Is That a Rock in My Shoe? Or is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Is that a rock in your shoe? Maybe not. It could be plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. The plantar fascia is a thick, broad, inelastic band of fibrous tissue that courses along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot. It is attached to the heel bone (calcaneus) and fans out to attach to the bottom […]

Compression Session

In the physio world compression garments were originally reserved for the hospital setting to prevent post operative DVT’s and improve patients circulation. They are now however used widely by athletes to assist them in the sporting goals and to improve their performance. People who use compression garments report a series of benefits. Delayed onset muscle […]

Hot to Trot or Ice Ice Baby

There is always a lot of debate as to what is the best for the treatments of injuries. Do you put on a heat pack or is it better to ice? It is funny that there could be so much debate for a fundamental of injury management. The principal revolves around blood flow and inflammation. […]

If the Shoe Fits Wear It

If the shoe fits wear it. Right? WRONG! We all have a different foot and arch shape and we should look for shoes accordingly. A good shoe will help alignment of your feet, knees, hips and back. Poor shoes can both cause and reduce healing times for injury. If you can grab your current shoes […]

Disc Pain

Could that pain in the back be something more than a little niggle that will go away by itself? If you have pain coughing, sneezing, laughing,with prolonged sitting and pain down your legs you may have injured your disc. Discs sit between the vertebrae in your back and are design for cushioning and shock absorption. […]

Confusion of Terms

The terms slipped a disc or hips are out are quite misleading terms however are utilised widely in layman speak for injuries. The problem with these terms is that they are quite emotive and can lead patients to believe that their injuries are worse than they are. When you have hip pain it may be […]