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The split personality of arthritis

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis, dear readers is a common term, thrown around without regard for its true nature. The word instills fear in many a heart and for many more, it is the bane of their existence. Let us delve into the the perplexing world of its two faces – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.   Now, osteoarthritis and …

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Shoulder instability: dislocations and subluxations

shoulder instability x-ray

What is shoulder instability? This is when there is too much movement between the 2 main bones that make up the shoulder joint (humeral head and glenoid). This may be experienced as painful or as apprehension of the movement potentially being too much to tolerate.   Dislocation is when the joint is completely displaced and …

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The Stiff Shoulder, is it Frozen?

Frozen shoulder girl

A stiff shoulder is when there is loss of the full range of movement of the shoulder. Both controlled movement (active) as well as uncontrolled movement (passively moved by an external force) are limited.   Main diagnosis of a stiff shoulder: Frozen shoulder Glenohumeral Joint Osteo Arthritis (generally older >50 and gradual progression of pain …

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Shoulder Troubles

shoulder trouble 3d

This is the first part of an in depth look at the shoulder, why we need it and how to fix it. We will look at the painful shoulder, the stiff shoulder and the unstable (hyper-mobile) shoulder. If you struggle with neck pain or upper back pain, don’t underestimate the contribution of shoulder strength/function to …

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Understanding pain

pain individual

In order to help you better understand pain, the following article provides a story with highlights, a video on understanding pain and a transcript of the video. I trust these will help make it clear. Highlights:   Video:   Transcript: Let me start by saying that in order to understand pain, we need to know …

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Better Running – A patient’s story

I’ve always been the sports active one in the family – running, cycling, golf, strength training and now also stand up paddling. My sister has always been the “culture vulture”. Debating and ballet have been her natural go-to over conventional sports such as running. So it has been with intense fascination that I have watched …

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