What We treat
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Here at Saltergate Physiotherapy Clinic we have many years of experience in treating all aspects of the musculo-skeletal system.
We can help whether your problem is as a result of an accident or sporting injury, if you have had an operation or if it is something that has just gradually come on over time.
It does not matter if your problem is acute or more long standing in nature and we are happy to treat you whether you are aged 5 or 95!
(we do ask that patients under the age of 16 are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times)
Some headaches can be caused by problems in the upper part of the neck.
Pain often starts at the back of the head, then spreads up and over the top. There can also be pain along the forehead, the brow or even behind the eye.(read more)
Neck & Arm Pain
The neck (known as the Cervical Spine) is made up of the first 7 vertebrae in the spine.
Its job is to support and move the head (which weighs on average 14lbs / 6.5Kg!)
Pain frequently comes from the discs which lie between the vertebra, or from the small joints at the sides of the vertebra.
The shoulder is a very complicated joint and can give rise to many different problems such as ‘Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff problems, Impingement Syndrome and joint dislocations.(read more)
Golfers elbow is very similar in nature to tennis elbow, however the pain is felt on the side of the elbow nearest the body.
It is far less common than Tennis elbow and gets its name from overuse of the muscles on the front of the forearm, which flex the wrist during the golf swing (this would be in the right arm of a right handed golfer).(read more)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Carpal tunnel is a small area in the wrist, through which go many of the tendons and blood vessels passing into the hand.
There is one nerve passing through it as well, the Median nerve.
Problems such as increased tension in the forearm muscles or restricted movement of the wrist can cause irritation and swelling in the Carpal tunnel leading to an increase in pressure which can compress the Median nerve.(read more)
Tennis elbow is characterised by pain over the outer aspect of the elbow itself, usually when picking something up or gripping.(read more)
Anterior Knee Pain
Pain over the front of the knee is often related to function of the knee cap (patella). There may be a particular problem with the strength in the thigh muscles, a biomechanical issue with the knee generally or a specific underlying disease process such as Chondromalacia Patella or Osgood Schlatters Syndrome.
This sort of problem is very common in young teenagers, and especially if they participate in regular sporting activities or have just had a growth spurt.(read more)
Wrist & Hand
The wrist and hand is made up of some 27 bones. Its mobility and dexterity gives us an amazing amount of function. Even a very minor issue can greatly reduce our hand function, try tying your shoe lace without using your little finger for example!(read more)
The middle section of the spine between the neck and low back is called the Thoracic region. It is an important area as it affects the neck, low back and shoulder function.
The rib cage is attached in this area too. Pain passing through the body, as if shot by an arrow, pain when breathing or pain running around the chest wall are all good indicators that rib movement is restricted.(read more)
Low Back & Leg Pain
Some 90% of adults will experience low back pain at some time of their life, most commonly between the ages of 25 – 55. The real issue though is that 70% of sufferers will have a recurring problem.
Pain can vary from a dull ache in the low back to very acute pain with symptoms all the way down the leg (or on occasion legs).(read more)
A classic groin strain happens when the leg moves suddenly out to the side, stretching the adductor muscles on the inside of the upper thigh.
It can also strain the Deep Lateral Rotator muscles of the hip, which are situated internally within the pelvis.
However it is not the only thing that can cause groin pain...(read more)
Ligaments are the soft tissue structures attaching from one bone to another across a joint.
They stabilise the joint and create a natural limit to its movement.
When this natural limit is exceeded, or excessive force is applied to them they can become sprained or even ruptured.(read more)
Knee: Ligaments and Cartilage
The knee is the largest joint in the body. Its movement initially appears to be a simple hinge as it bends and straightens, however subtle spins, slides and glides between the joint surfaces make it a very complex joint.
It is a very unstable joint with the rounded end of the thigh bone (femur) sitting on the flattened top of the shin bone (tibia).
As a result the 4 ligaments around the knee are very important stabilising factors.
The cartilages (also called Menisci) sit between the thigh bone and shin bone, helping the way they fit together as well as acting as shock absorbers.(read more)
The Achilles Tendon forms the attachment of the main large muscles in the calf (Gastrocnemius and Soleus) to the back of the heel.
These muscles are very strong and are involved when we walk, run, jump and stand. A minor strain or repetitive overuse can cause pain at the back of the ankle, while the worst case scenario is for the tendon to rupture completely.(read more)
Heel & Foot Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced ‘plantar fash itis’) is inflammation of the thick, protective layer of tissue on the sole of the foot. It can cause pain in the heel, .or forefoot but is not the only possible cause of pain in this area...(read more)
Joint Replacements: Hip & Knee
The hip and knee are the main two weight bearing joints of the body. As a result they are prone to the natural wear and tear changes of osteoarthritis.
However, if this wear and tear becomes extensive it can cause a great deal of pain and restrict the joint mobility. At this stage a joint replacement may be considered.(read more)