Chronic Lower Back Pain

Is Back Pain Being Mis-managed with Ineffective and Potentially Harmful Treatments? This is the accusation directed at the medical fraternity and made by a team of international health experts. In three papers published in the esteemed Lancet medical journal, the Australian and international authors assert that there is an over-reliance on scans, surgeries and opioid prescriptions to treat a problem that could be more effectively addressed through self-management and less-invasive physical and psychological therapies.   […]

Overuse – Shoulder Tendinopathies

Have a sore shoulder that has been bugging you for weeks, months or even years? Does it hurt to raise above your head, or do you wake up to being incredibly stiff? You may have rotator cuff tendon problems (tendinopathy). Chronic shoulder pain is not only a daily hassle but can eventually stop you doing the things that you love such as playing sport, picking up the grandkids or participating in gym classes with your […]

Healthy Fritters Recipe

Sweet corn and capsicum fritters with avocado smash Serves: 4 Time to make: 30 mins 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 250g frozen sweet corn, thawed 1 small red capsicum, diced 30g pumpkin seeds 125g chickpea flour 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 eggs, lightly beaten Avocado smash 1 large ripe avocado 150g frozen broad beans, thawed juice of 1/2 lime, plus lime wedges, to serve 1/2 bunch mint, leaves picked […]

Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease that affects one or many joints of the body and can include damage to the joint cartilage, inflammation of surrounding tissue and degeneration. It is the most common form of chronic arthritis and is characterised by pain in the joint, stiffness and swelling. Any joint can suffer with OA but the most common joints affected are the hand, knees and hips. Although OA is more common in the older […]

Chronic Pain and Exercise Physiology

  Pain is the most common reason people seek medical help. If this pain persists for a period longer than 6 months or beyond expected healing time it is then considered to be chronic pain. One in five Australians suffer with chronic pain and this prevalence increases to one in three people over the age of 65. Even with this high prevalence and high cost to the medical system there is still a misunderstanding to chronic […]

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