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How long has your kid had that knee pain?

So, the long Kiwi summer hols are done & dusted…  This is my first post of the ‘new’ year, but March is knocking on the door already!  There’ve been a few typical holiday injuries rolling in through the clinic doors- bad necks from strange beds, bad backs from being dumped in the surf (including me!), and a couple of wrenches from trying to snatch luggage off airport carousels or out of car boots. But knee pain in kids is what caught my attention recently with a front page story in the North Shore Times (5 Feb). This was about 15 year old Eliszabeth Moata’ane who’d been having knee pain for

Posted in Children, Legs and Knee, Teenagers and Adolescents

The Overuse Injury – a pain from nowhere that refuses to go away

Hi everyone, This week I want to talk about some of those niggly problems which seem to come out of nowhere – you can’t remember any accident or doing anything you haven’t done a thousand times before.  But in many cases that’s exactly the problem – too much repetition.   ‘Too much’  is affected by ageing Why? Because as we slowly drift into middle age and beyond, the  substance that makes up our tendons, cartilage  and discs – all the tough white stuff you see when you’re doing some kitchen butchery  – starts to weaken.  So we can’t necessarily handle what we could do before. Recovery periods after activity are

Posted in Adults, Arm, Shoulder and Neck, Legs and Knee, Older People, Teenagers and Adolescents

Water – so how much should we be drinking?

Welcome, or welcome back, whichever it is…   I wish I had more time to listen to podcasts – so much to learn in so many places!  Health is one area which affects us all and interests most of us.  So if you’re like me and strapped for time, I hope you’ll find this a useful bit of clarity around the issue of how much & what we should be drinking. This is a summary of a BBC podcast (Inside Health, April 2014).  Let’s get started… Male/female differences The actual quantity you need depends on your body.  Women, for example, tend to have more body fat than men as a

Posted in Adults, Children, Older People, Teenagers and Adolescents