injury & rehabilitation

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy

The nerves of the cervical vertebrae flow through the upper extremities in the complex brachial plexus. Radiculopathies generally occur when a disc herniation or other space occupying lesion is present. This would generally cause impingement of the nerve root. When acute, associated inflammation would cause even more pain. Generally, patients will report shooting arm pain,(…)

Functional movement screen: relevant to athletic performance?

Functional movement screen: relevant to athletic performance?

Assessing athletes for musculoskeletal imbalances is important when looking to spot yellow and red flags in terms of muscle strength-balance, and possible in predicting future likelihood of injuries. In this regard, movement screening is everywhere, particularly in team environments when large numbers of athletes need to be tested within the time-constraints of organised (professional sport). The Functional(…)

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Sindig-Larson-Johnson syndrome is an apophysitis of the tibial tuberosity. The site where many of tendons of the thigh muscles attach to bone actually swells. This inflammatory reaction is painful and can have effects on the child. It generally happens during the rapid development of puberty when the skeleton and the muscles (and their joining tendons)(…)

Osteochondritis Dissicans

Osteochondritis Dissicans

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (a condition described by Legg, Calve, Perthes and Waldenstrom in the early 20th century) strikes children and can leave them crippled. Rates vary from 6/100,000 to 15/100,000 depending on the population studied though it appears to be of higher frequency among anglo-saxons. It is currently believed that osteochondritis dissicans is a local phenomenon(…)

De Quervain’s syndrome

De Quervain’s syndrome

De Quervain’s syndrome is an idiopathic tendinosis of extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus. These two thumb muscles move the thumb in extension (away from the hand in the same plane as the hand). The tissue in the retinaculum at the base of the first digit thickens creating less space for the canal. This(…)

SLAP lesions

SLAP lesions

Ever meet a high school pitcher who had chronic shoulder pain and couldn’t get over it? That racket ball player at the local sports club who complains of a “clunking” in his shoulder every time he goes overhead yet the doctor says nothing is really wrong? That volleyball player who can’t serve with power anymore(…)