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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) - An MSK Therapy Perspective

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) are broad terms for a group of upper extremity conditions. The general public is probably more familiar with the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), whereas OOS may be more familiar in work and occupational therapy settings. Symptoms tend to occur due to activities with repetitive motions or sustained muscle contraction involving the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. Commonly known ailments such as Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) , Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are specific conditions fitting with the RSI definition. Such conditions are easily aggravated and can become debilitating if left to progress. Early intervention is always best, and such conditions are easily treatable with the proper treatment approach. The full article on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) looks at possible causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment options. Article written by Terry Davis MChiro, 
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Tennis Elbow Pain - An MSK Therapy Treatment Perspective

There are many types of elbow pain, and Lateral Epicondylitis is one such routine diagnosis. Some conditions have a medical name and a commonly known name, usually named after an activity associated with the condition. Lateral Epicondylitis is more widely known as Tennis Elbow, though one does not have to play tennis to develop symptoms. Many activities involve sustained use of the forearm extensor muscles, like playing tennis. Many professionals such as mechanics, plumbers, electricians, typists, musicians, massage therapists etc. can all be susceptible to tennis elbow. Usually, the condition arises gradually over time due to repetitive microtrauma, though it can occur from a specific injury event. There are many possible causes, preventative strategies and treatment options. The full article discusses all these factors, including typical symptoms see  Tennis Elbow Pain . Article written by Terry Davis MChiro,  BSc (Hons),  Adv. Dip. Rem. Massag.,  Cert. WHS. As of December 31st 2020,

Headache Treatment and causes - An MSK Therapy perspective

Headaches are a common factor in life. The headache market is a multi-billion dollar industry for the pharmaceutical industry. Equally, the consumer has grown accustomed to reaching for over the counter medications such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. However, many such products do not identify the root cause of the headaches and often only mask symptoms. Equally, there is growing evidence of the longer-term effects of prolonged use of such medications and, in some cases, even causing headaches. Headaches can occur for various reasons, levels of severity and differing symptoms. Many types of headaches have a musculoskeletal or myofascial component. It is often possible to reduce the frequency and even severity of such headaches with simple lifestyle changes and hands-on treatment. The full article looks more at possible causes of headaches and treatment , including the relevance of myofascial trigger point pain. Article written by Terry Davis MChiro,  BSc (Hons),  Adv. Dip. Rem.

Trochanteric Bursitis and Hip Pain - An MSK Therapy Perspective

  Trochanteric Bursitis and Hip Pain Hip pain caused by Trochanteric Bursitis is surprisingly common. Trauma caused by falls is a common reason for experiencing hip bursitis symptoms. Often, when people fall, specific contact points hit the floor first, such as hands, elbows, shoulders, and hips. Hence, many areas can get injured during a fall, and hips often take the brunt of many falls. Due to other swelling and pain, symptoms of trochanteric bursitis may not be apparent at the time of injury. Equally, unresolved injuries and habits can result in tissue adaptations and changes in biomechanics, which can also lead to hip bursitis. Such changes can lead to gradual symptom onset with no obvious, apparent cause. The full article on  Hip Pain and Trochanteric Bursitis  explains more about, symptoms, possible causes, anatomy and MSK Therapy treatment options. Article written by Terry Davis MChiro,  BSc (Hons),  Adv. Dip. Rem. Massag.,  Cert. WHS. As of December 31st 2020, the author chose

Subacromial Bursitis of the Shoulder - An MSK Therapy perspective

Subacromial Bursitis and Shoulder Pain Subacromial Bursitis is just one of the many conditions that can cause shoulder pain. The shoulder complex is no doubt the most complicated set of joint structures within the body. Hence, no wonder there is such a wide variety of conditions that impact shoulder mobility. The human body makes various tradeoffs, including mobility over stability. Shoulders are highly mobile yet at the cost of a wide range of joints and supportive structures. Although there are many types of Bursitis, the subacromial bursa of the shoulder is one of the most common. The bursa is a small fluid-filled cushion, which reduces friction between bones and other tissues. Bursae can become inflamed for many reasons, resulting in pain and reduced mobility. It is also easy to further irritate an inflamed bursa, especially in the shoulder. Hence, the condition can easily become chronic if left or if the wrong treatment strategy is applied. The full article on  Subacromial Bursiti

Chronic Pain - A MSK Therapist Perspective

Chronic Pain and Treatment  Chronic Pain can arise for many reasons and is not fully understood. Many types of injury can become chronic in that symptoms persist for longer than three months and sometimes years. In most cases, tissues heal as "normal" after trauma, and we are not likely to notice the subtle changes an injury may create. After all, tissue healing is a repair and not new or regenerated tissue, equivalent to the original uninjured tissue. However, the body and other tissues naturally adapt to these changes. Tissues can only correctly heal if they have the right healing environment, including protection from further injury. It is relatively easy for conditions to worsen and become chronic if a healing environment does not exist. Trauma can impact many tissues and structures, and one area can affect others (biotensegrity). Although one area may heal, it may not function as well as it should, affecting the healing of other regions. Although the human body is extrem

Bursitis pain, symptoms, causes, treatment - an MSK Therapy perspective

Bursitis Pain Treatment Bursitis is an MSK condition involving the inflammation of a bursa and named after the involved bursa, such as Trochanteric Bursitis affecting the hip. Bursae exist throughout the body and near joint structures and cushion or reduce the friction between tissues and structures during movement. There are many reasons why a bursa and the surrounding tissues can become inflamed and painful. Once inflamed, it is easy to irritate tissues further, leading to more inflammation, pain and restricted movement. Besides the hip, Subacromial Bursitis of the shoulder is extremely common. Bursitis can resolve quickly enough with the right MSK treatment strategy, though it can easily become chronic if left. The full article about Bursitis pain explains more about the anatomy, possible causes, symptoms and treatment options. Bursitis Pain - an MSK Therapy Perspective . Article written by Terry Davis MChiro,  BSc (Hons),  Adv. Dip. Rem. Massag.,  Cert. WHS. As of December 31st 202