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What is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)?

In my last post, I talked about how I managed to tear my hip cartilage while playing tennis; and I mentioned that a common cause of cartilage tears is femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI. Although the concept of hip impingement was first recorded in 1936, it wasn’t until the early 2000s...

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I tore my hip labrum playing tennis

With tongue in cheek, I firmly believe that, as a physio, I should be exempt from being injured like a normal person. After all, I spend my life fixing other people’s injuries, so surely karma should be on my side - or so my irrational brain tells me. In practice,...

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How to avoid hamstring injuries

This week, senior Victory physio Sophie Apps (a specialist in treating lower limb injuries) tells us all about hamstring injuries. Where and what are my hamstrings? The start "ham" derives from the Old English word ‘ham’ or ‘hom’ which is the back of the crease of the knee, from a Germanic...

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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Move

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we’ve dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global stabilisers – how they function when everything’s fine, and...

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Foam roller: your new best friend

Foam rolling is a great way to do ‘self maintenance’ of your body, whether it is after sport, or trying to undo the ‘city posture.’ It helps to keep the myofascia (muscles and fascia) relaxed and happy, and prevents them from getting tight which can increase your risk of...

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What is Visceral Manipulation?

Last week, we welcomed new physiotherapist Nikki Oxford to Victory, and talked a little about what she's been doing up to now, and a little about her favourite skills and techniques.  We've received quite a few questions about one of her techniques, Visceral Manipulation - so here's Nikki to...

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Welcoming Nikki to Victory

This week, we have a special announcement: we have a new consultant physiotherapist at Victory, the lovely Nikki Oxford! So - who is Nikki, and what does she have to offer? Nikki qualified in 1995 and since then has worked virtually everywhere we can think of. She has had experience...

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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Stabilise

Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we've dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global stabilisers - how they function when everything's...

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Making friends with doctors

 I have a Venn diagram that I talk about a lot, in which there are three main elements of a great surgical outcome: a great surgeon, a great therapist, and a great patient.  Where they overlap is the relationships between each of them; and the sweet spot in the...

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Intensive physiotherapy and Pilates in the sun!

My vision for Victory remains to open a residential injury rehabilitation centre, along the lines of Headley Court, so that patients who need it can undergo periods of intensive treatment. This is standard practice in the Armed Forces, but I haven’t found much that’s similar and accessible to those...

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