Frequently asked questions
What are the common upper limb conditions seen and treated by Chartered Physiotherapists?
REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY e.g. Golfers elbow, Tennis elbow
This is an inflamation of the tissue at the lower end of the upper arm at the elbow joint caused by the repetitive flexion or extension of the wrist against resistance, It may result from athletic activity or the continued manual manipulation of tools or other types of equipment.
ROTATOR CUFF INJURY
The rotator cuff of the shoulder is a group of muscles and tensond that attachthe humerous(upper arm bone) to the scapula(shoulder blade). There are a number of ways the rotator cuff can become damaged; whether due to inflammation of the tendons which pass through the shoulder or a tear in any of the four muscles which make up the rotator cuff musculature, it may have occured after a all on an outstretched arm.
Ths occurs when the ball and socket joint of the shoulder become loose because there is a problem with the structures that are supposed to keep the balltightly in the socket. This is most commonly found after the shoulder becomes dislocated and the ligaments are overstretched, making it more prone to further dislocation. About 80% of people under 35 years of age who suffer dislocation will develop shoulder instability.
Commonly but not exclusively as the result of vehicular accidents, whiplash refers to the injury sustained when the neck is over-extended and over-flexed, causing sometimes mild, sometimes severe, neck and upper back pain.
Osteoarthritis is a condition which commonly affects older people, it limits the range of movement and decreases the looseness of the joints. The most commonly affected joints include the hip, shoulders and knees. The movement of the hands and toes may also be limited by the onset of osteoarthritis.
WRIST AND HAND INJURIES
Strains and sprains of the wrist or thumb after suffering a fall.
CARPAL TUNNER SYNDROME
Carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS) is a relatively common condition that causespain, numbness and a burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers due to the compression of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel which has been made smaller sue to the increased tissue pressure and build of fluid on the tissue. Symptoms of CTS can range from mild to severe. There are a number of things that can bring about CTS: these include family history, certain helath condtions such as diabeties, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, obesity and oedema; pregnancy, ceratin injuries such as sprains, fractures and crush injuries; and certain activities inclusive of playing musical instruments, assembly packing, using computer keyboardwork that involed labour and hand crafts.
What are the common lower Limb Conditions seen and treated by Chatered Physiotherapists?
As with any formof tendonitis, the inflamtion is usually brought on by the oversuse of the tendon in question. In cases of Achillies tendonities, the repition f such activities such as jumping can cause the tendon to be pulled slightly out of place , which cause pain and inflamation. The Achillies tendon can not onlybeome inflamed, but in severe inuries can partially or fully tear which is extremely painful.
Plantar Fascitiisis the inflamtion of the plantar fascia, which is a portion of the tissue that runs fro the underside of the heel to the bones in the middle of the foot. The plantar fascia acts as a cushion when pressure is applied to the heel and supports the arch of the foot during movement.
GROIN PAINAND STRAIN
Groin pain is commonly as a rsult of a strain or pull. Groin strain is caused by the addutor muscles in the inner thigh being over-stretched or pulled.
Osteoarthritis is a condition which commonly affects older people; it limits the range of movement and decreases the looseness of the joints. The most commonly affected joints includes the hips, shoulders and knees. The movement of the knees and toes may also be limited by the onset of osteoarthritis.
The knee is under constant pressure when the bosy is moving so it can be susceptible to damage and strain. The most common causes of knee pain includes ligament and or cartilage damge, strains, tears, friction, swelling, arthritis and infectious conditions.
The term 'shin splints' refers to the pain experienced in the muscle close to the shin bones, which runs down the front of the lower leg, from knee to ankle. The pain itself is caused by the inflamation and micro-fractures(tiny fractures) in the surface of the shin bone.
Muscle pain can be caused by any strain, injury or tear. The most common are the high speed and load muscles such as your hamstrings, thighs (quadtriceps), calf and back.
The illiotibial band is a band in the muscle, which runs from the hip right down to the tibia, it serves to support the knee joint during movement. Commonly, pain is caused when the band is swolled, this is often known as illiotibial band syndrome.
Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
Sporting, Domestic and Industrial Injuries
After suffering injury, Physiotherapy ca help restore function to the affected area through manual therapy, specific exercises, stretching routines, corrective measures and electro-therapy.
Muscle Pain/Strains/ Tears
Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Pre-Operative Physiotherapy Care to help prepare the body for sugery in order to give you a better chance of recovery folloing surgery.
Post- Operative Physiotherapy Care to help recovery after sugery and include preventative measures.
This is a condition in which your bodys' own immune system begins to attah the cells which line your joints, this then causes them to swell, leaving you feeling stiff, in pain and generally unwell.
This is a degenerative condition which affects the cartilage in your joints. This too can leave you in pain and feeling stiff. The cartilage can be worn away, exposing the bone underneath, leading to further damage and pain.
Who Can see a Chartered Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy is available to everyone. You do not need a doctor to refer you for private Physiotherapy. Chartered Physiotherapists are primary care practitioners and act as a first point of contact for patients when it comes to aches, pains, muscle and joint issues tht may arise either fromday to day activities, working, leisure sporting activites, amateur and professional sprting activities; they act just like your GP in these matters.
They also accept referrals from GPs and Consultants which could be necessary if claiming under private health/ medical insurance.
How do I know if My Practitioner is a Chartered and Accredited Physiotherapist?
The Best way is to make sure that they are registered with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (ISCP), and are insured by relvent body to practice carry out treatments.
Make sure they are also on the CORU Register which is the Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals Body.
Is Physiotherapy appropriate for you?
Please feel free to give us a call on 0906453500. Wewill be happy to speak to youin complete confidence. After a brief chat we can advise is physiotherapy assesment is appropriate. We can then arrange a suitable time for your initial assesment and treatment session.
What do Chartered Physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists are specialist in the assesment , diagnosis, treatment ad management of a wide variety of injuries and physical conditions.
Evolve Health Clinic Physiotherapists, are professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and muscoskeletal conditions with contactsin all relevent specialist fields. We are highlyexperinced and have worked with sports men and women from elite to club level. Welook at the entire person in a holistic manner with the intention to alleviate pain, restoring normal movement and thereby seeking to provide a long term solution to muscoskeletal problems.
At Evolve Health Clinic we believe in getting thr patient back to full function, doing our very best to meet, and where possible exceed our patients' goals through rehabilitation and preventative exercise prescription.