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Untying the knots of muscle pain

by Jean-Claude DiManno

A knot, or more accurately a trigger point, is formed when the sarcomeres are constantly firing, or 'switched on'. It can feel like a nodule or knot in the muscle when felt through the skin and can refer pain beyond the knot itself.
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A new era for women in sport

by Dr Jin Lee

It is an incredibly exciting time for women's sport with participation rates across a wide range of sports at an all-time high. In the last few years, we have seen the addition of professional women’s’ leagues in the AFL, A-league and 2018 will see the addition of the Harvey Norman Women’s competition in the National Rugby League.
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When Can I Go Back To What I Was Doing Before?

by Dr Thomas Gan

The most common question that I get asked after someone sustains an injury is usually, “When can I go back to do what I was doing before?”.
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Breakthrough year for Platelet Rich Plasma use in osteoarthritis

By Dr Donald Kuah

Platelet rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for well over 10 years for treatment of symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), particularly for knees. The use of PRP for OA knees has remained somewhat controversial, with sub standard evidence and a lack of uniform treatment protocols and PRP preparations/kits. PRP is essentially a preparation of concentrated platelets from a patients’ own blood (autologous) to harness the healing/anti-inflammatory properties found in platelets.
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I Don’t Play Sport, Why have I Been Referred to a Sports Physician?

By Dr Scott Burne

Sports Physicians, now referred to as Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physicians, are medical specialists with training to manage all clinical issues that may relate to physical activity. They undertake an intense 4 years on-the-job training after their university and hospital experience, with the Australian program one of the longest and challenging Sports Medicine Programs in the world.
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