Sciatica – Not a Diagnosis

I have lost count over the years the amount of times that a patient has told me that they have sciatica. Sciatica is not a diagnosis but a symptom. Another structure is compressing on the sciatic nerve which causes the leg pain. Such structures could be a disc bulge, a degenerative disc, an inflamed joint […]

Diagnostic scanning – “The Gold Standard”

    To most they perceive that an ultrasound or MRI scan is needed to diagnose their condition and in some instances this is well the case. However scanning does not replace a clinical examination as often it is the clinical examination that will then lead the practitioner to referring for a scan.  What do […]

Marathon Season

Yes it’s that time of year when training begins in earnest for the Brighton and London marathons. Already I have seen 4 patients who have begun to have issues as they ramp up their training. One has tendonitis in the foot, another has a hamstring issue which is due partly to the pelvis rotating but […]

Muscloskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS)

MSKUS is a safe non-invasive therapy that is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. At Joy Lane clinic we offer this service and also when necessary perform ultrasound guided injections. This past week we have done guided injections on a shoulder for subacromial bursitis, a knee for suprapatellar bursitis […]

Osteopaths Treat More Than You Think!

Recently I was treating a lady who I see for back and neck issues when she said to me that she had gone elsewhere for a shoulder problem. When I asked her why she said she didn’t think it was a joint issue!! I informed her in the nicest possible way that osteopaths don’t treat […]

Working Whilst Travelling

I have just come back from New Zealand where I was following the British & Irish Lions tour. It was a great experience which I will never forget and although I was on holidays I could not ignore someone who was in pain. On the bus from Auckland to Rotorua I noticed a lady who […]

Training whilst injured – Why Not!

  I recently had shoulder surgery which turned out better than expected in that although the long head of biceps tendon was torn it was still three quarters attached and the labrum (fibrocartilage) appeared fine so basically all I had done was a subacromial decompression –  a clean-up. The surgery was performed on a Wednesday […]

CORE STABILITY

Recently I treated a young woman for low back pain who was having problems for some time. After 2 treatments her mechanics were working normally whereby she could achieve full range of movement in all planes of movement but she still reported back ache. What was the problem? Her core stability was in a shocking […]

Joint Care

              Normally I have to inject my left knee with ostenil (joint lubricant) once per year around Christmas due to arthritic changes but so far I have not had to do it this year. The reason is I have been using joint care supplements that are of excellent quality. […]

MASSAGE ALONE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER!

Often we get calls from people who are looking for a massage. When the receptionist queries their problem often the person is in pain and thinks that a massage will sort it out. The receptionist then explains that osteopaths do massage but they also look for the root cause of the problem. What do I […]