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Has your Baby been Diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy?

| Paediatric

Erb’s Palsy is also known as Shoulder Dystocia or Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury. Erb’s palsy is a condition where the brachial plexus nerves that supply movement and feeling to the arm are damaged, and this usually occurs after a traumatic birth. Each baby’s symptoms are different depending on the damage done to the nerves and […]


Pain in Your Knee? Could it be Knee Bursitis?

| Knee Pain

A bursa is a gel filled sac that lies in between two surfaces to prevent friction. They can become inflamed from trauma, overuse or disease. You may have heard knee bursitis referred to as “housemaids knee” or “roofers knee”. There are numerous bursae around the knee (approximately 14) and they are named after their location […]


Brain Tumours in Children and the Role of Physiotherapy

| Paediatric

Around 400-500 children in the UK develop brain tumours each year and they are the most common solid tumours that occur in children.  Children of any age may be affected but boys are affected slightly more often than girls.  Sadly brain tumours are the leading disease related cause of death in children.  However the prognosis […]


Top Tips for Babies with Talipes (Club Feet)

| Paediatric

Talipes is also known as positional talipes equinovarus (PTEV) or can be described as clubfoot.  It is a condition that can affect one or both feet in babies causing the foot to turn inwards. In positional talipes, the foot is not fixed in this position and it can be easily be manipulated into the correct […]


What You Need to Know about Torn Knee Cartilage

| Knee Pain

A meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage in between the knees.  You have one around each half of the knee and it acts as a protective layer during weight bearing and impact (i.e. jumping).  The menisci can be injured in three difference ways: innocuous activity, traumatic force or degeneratively.  Doctors will diagnose an injured meniscus using […]


Pain in Your Knee? Could it be Fat Pad Impingement?

| Knee Pain

Behind your knee cap and tendons of your knee, there is some soft fatty tissue known as “Hoffa’s Pad” or “infra-patella fat pad”. Occasionally this tissue can become pinched or ‘impinged’ between the articular surfaces (joints) of your knee, causing swelling and severe pain when your leg is extended (straightened). This usually happens if the […]


Pain in Your Knee? Could it be Patellofemoral Pain?

| Knee Pain

Patellofemoral pain is an umbrella term used to describe pain in and around the kneecap (patella) and the femur (thigh bone).  There are numerous structures that can give off pain signals around the knee:  fat pads (tissue which acts as a cushion to protect the joint), the joint capsule (a fibrous sac containing fluid) and other soft […]


Neurodisability and Common Orthopaedic Problems in Children

| Paediatric

Specialist paediatric physiotherapists can help monitor your child’s musculoskeletal system as they grow, and ensure they are referred to a spinal consultant and/or orthopaedic doctor if any of the following problems occur: Neuromuscular Scoliosis or Spinal Curve – children are most at risk during growth spurts. Hip Displacement (subluxation/dislocation of the hip) – children who […]


What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

| Falls Prevention

Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) is an exercise therapy used to help patients regain their sense of balance.  According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, “Vestibular rehabilitation is effective in reducing dizziness and vertigo and associated falls and improving quality of life in people with disorders involving balance mechanisms”. VR encourages the central nervous system to compensate […]


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