In a period of 7 years, some 5 million Americans visited their doctors about a rotator cuff tear. These injuries are incredibly common and quite debilitating. The injury can happen for a number of reasons (both long-term overuse or a traumatic injury). What is a rotator cuff tear? What is a massive tear? The rotator

Braces can be used for a whole host of injuries and conditions. You might have seen Rob Gronkowski’s bionic arm brace whilst watching the NFL, or a whole host of Olympic athletes with knee or arm braces to support injuries or prevent them. Now, however, new research suggests that wearing braces can significantly reduce the

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Many of will notice our joints grow stiffer, click more often and are more painful as we grow older. However for some this may become a debilitation and chronically painful condition. Osteoarthritis – also known as degenerative or wear and tear arthritis – is estimated to affect around 1 in 10 Americans over the age

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The term tennis elbow is a bit confusing. Yes, patients can get the injury from playing lots of tennis, this was recently highlighted by British tennis star Andy Murray suffering from the injury, but tennis is not the only way the injury is suffered. In fact, most patients do it just sat in their cubicle

If you’re a sporty type you might have heard of friends tearing their meniscus, or suffering a meniscal tear as part of their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But what is a meniscal tear and who is at risk of suffering the injury?   What is a meniscal tear?   There are two menisci found

Shoulder instability affects thousands of Americans across the country each year. For most, it is an inconvenience, and annoyance that needs treating but is not essential to their life and survival. But for one population getting back to 100% following shoulder instability is essential for their livelihood. A recent study published in the Journal of

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What is an Achilles tendon rupture?   There is a tendon that connects the muscles of your calf to the heel bone (in medical jargon this tendon joins the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles to the calcaneus). There are a number of activities that are common for Achilles ruptures, these include:   Squash Tennis Football Soccer

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How To Fix An Ankle Fracture   Falling awkwardly is often met with a cry of “I think I’ve broken my ankle!” – but how do you actually know you’ve broken it? And what treatment will you need if you have? Patients with an ankle fracture often experience a trauma (either falling on it awkwardly

What is a tendinopathy?   A tendinopathy is a disease of the tendons. Tendons are found throughout the body and are bands of connective tissue that connect muscles to bone. They are usually able to withstand significant amounts of tension. Tendinopathies are often tendinitis, whereby there is inflammation of the tendon, resulting in pain and

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You might notice a pain in your knee, or it might look deformed. Either way, it’s hard to miss a patella dislocation. It’s estimated that almost around 2 in 100 000 people will dislocate their patella each year. This is highest in young patients (often between 15 and 19 years of age). Here we look

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