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tc-news main apr15The adductor muscle and tendon run along the inner thigh. An adductor strain (also known as a groin strain) is a common problem among many individuals who are physically active, especially in competitive sports. However, a groin strain can occur in non-athletes while performing day-today activities.

Adductor injuries occur most commonly when there is a forced push-off to the side. High forces are generated in the adductor (groin) tendons while people are attempting to shift direction suddenly into the opposite direction. As a result, the adductor (groin) muscles contract rapidly which frequently leads to an injury.

tc-news main mar15March is Arthritis Awareness Month.

Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease. In fact, it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints where two or more bones meet.

tc-news main feb2015Life can bring activities and sports that can result in some common injuries involving the shoulder. Sports such as tennis, golf, swimming, soccer, wake-boarding or water skiing, even home maintenance work can all cause shoulder problems.

The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons that cross the top and back of the shoulder and attach onto the bone at the top of the shoulder joint, most commonly the supraspinatus tendon is affected. The biceps tendon crosses the front of the shoulder to attach to the joint. Any activity that uses repetitive overhead motions or sustained postures can result in inflammation of these tendons and shoulder pain due to tendinitis.

tc-news main jan15The Achilles tendon runs from the calf muscles down to the back of the heel bone (the back of the ankle). Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, usually due to overuse of the area. It is most commonly reported in athletes that are training under less than ideal conditions.

Although the prevalence of Achilles tendonitis varies greatly among different demographic groups, it is most commonly found in individuals aged 30-40 (American Journal of Sports Medicine.) 90% of these cases occur while participating in sport/exercise (the journal Acta Orthopaedica), and is diagnosed predominantly in runners.

tc-news main dec14The warmer weather is well and truly here and Christmas is fast approaching. You can feel the party vibe in the air. With a little planning, you can stay in good health while still enjoying summer and all its festivities.

tc-news main oct14October 16th is World Spine Day. Each year, people from around the world join together to raise awareness about the importance of spinal health. This event is a regular part of the Bone and Joint Decade's Action Week. The World Spine Day theme for 2014 is "Straighten Up and Move". The emphasis is to focus on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health. Chiropractors are the recognized experts in these very topics.

tc-news main sept14This month we focus on what has become a growing problem for our patients – headaches (HA).

90% of all HA are primary HA, usually appearing between the ages of 20 - 40 years old. The most common types of primary HA are migraines and tension-type HA (as printed in the textbook "Evaluation & Management of Headache"). They each have different characteristics.

tc-news main aug14One of the popular topics in the fitness industry over the past few years has been "core stability". This is not merely the next exercise fad. Core stability is considered essential for preventing injuries to the lumbar spine.

tc-news main jul14July 2014 plays host to National Pain Week in Australia. With that in mind, this month's newsletter will focus on the topic of spinal pain.

How widespread is this condition?
Spinal pain is one of society's most frequent complaints. In 2007, the American Academy of Family Physicians reported that about 9 out of 10 adults experience spinal pain at some point in their life, and 5 out of 10 working adults have spinal pain every year. According to a 2010 study published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, spinal pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.

tc-news main jun14Australia is a sports-loving nation, as both participants and spectators. Australia's mild winters mean that in most parts of Australia, participation in outdoor exercise and sports can occur all year round. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), over 60% of Australians participate in sports and exercise programs.

The Medibank Private Safe Sports Report found that their member's main motivation to exercise were (in order): general health and fitness, weight loss, to have fun and enjoy social benefits.

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