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I wrote an article a few months ago on my own journey through chronic back pain and have received a lot of emails and calls from people looking for advice. Back pain is very common and around 80% of people experience back pain at some stage in their life. Nearly everyone recovers and returns to normal activities within 6 weeks, however, a small number of people can go on to develop persistent back pain. Individual assessment is very important for persistent back pain, but there are some consistent pieces of advice that I give to my patients (and their families!)....

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I have had chronic back pain for over 15 years. I was diagnosed with central L5 disc protrusion with pretty severe sciatica down both legs when I was about 15 years old. Possibly secondary to emergency abdominal surgery I had a few years prior to that. At that time I met Dr Paul Sands who worked in the Bons Secours who has sadly since passed away. This man will never know but he had such an influence on developing my curiosity of the human body, the effects of exercise and good food, and the importance of looking at all aspects...

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I'm currently doing an MSc tracking hamstring injuries in athletes and watched in horror as Paul O'Connell sustained one of the most severe types of hamstring injuries ending his World Cup involvement and putting a sombre note on Ireland's fantastic win over France at the weekendFrom replaying his injury and the little bits of info on his injury that are being fed to the media...I am taking a stab at guessing he has sustained an avulsion of his proximal hamstring tendon.This is the most severe of all hamstring injuries.Hamstring avulsion fractures are very uncommon and if they occur, they are...

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Are you a sports-person with Hip & Groin or Back Pain? I have developed a Rehab program specifically for you! This rehab program is based on current Hip and Groin Research Guidelines and Management of Low Back Pain in Sport. The class will utilise specific Pilates equipment called the Reformer, as seen in the picture above. In working with sports-people I have found this equipment can accelerate your rehab and return to sport. My own Clinical Pilates training and MSc research on sports injuries, has guided me in developing a program that addresses the problems areas of hip, groin and back...

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Top 10 Tips for Hamstring InjurySports injuries tend to garner more than their fair share of well-meaning advice and old wives tales. Hamstring injuries are no different. Maybe there is something to be said for potions, magic waterfalls, and faith healers…but until something is shown to be more effective than placebo, we are going to stick to recommending what science and research studies have found to be most effective. If you want to1. Accelerate your return to sport2. Decrease your risk of re-injury You might be interested in finding out the following;• What is most likely to help you• What...

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