BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

Masterclass: Infraspinatus form and function

in Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac describes the anatomy and biomechanics of the infraspinatus, outlines some common injury mechanisms, and provides rehab ideas to improve strength and range of motion in this muscle. The infraspinatus (IS), a muscle of the glenohumeral joint, has multiple functions. These include shoulder external rotation, abduction, and stabilization. It works in conjunction with the... MORE

Uncommon injuries: external iliac artery endofibrosis

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Uncommon injuries

In the series on unusual sporting injuries and conditions, Chris Mallac explores a condition known as external iliac artery endofibrosis, including its pathogenesis in athletes, the typical symptoms, its diagnosis, and the management options available to the clinician. Many athletes experience a certain degree of muscle pain, cramp, and fatigue during high-intensity efforts. Most of these sensations... MORE

Brachial plexus injuries in the athlete

in Acute injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac discusses the pathophysiology of brachial plexus injuries, how they occur in high-risk sports, and the typical signs and symptoms suffered by the athlete. Brachial plexus injuries (BPI) are a reasonably common injury in contact-sport athletes. These are typically referred to as ‘stingers’ and ‘burners’, and represent a transient and reversible peripheral neuropraxia of all... MORE

Hyaluronic acid injections: is there a point?

in Diagnose & Treat, Joint injuries

The benefits or otherwise of hyaluronic injections for joint function in athletes remains unclear. Chris Mallac reviews the science and tries to come up with some best practice recommendations.  Hyaluronic acid (HA) was first discovered in 1934 by Karl Meyer and John Palmer when they isolated a previously unknown substance in the eye of a cow.... MORE

Subscapularis: the key to shoulder stability

in Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries

In a previous article, Chris Mallac explored the unique anatomical and biomechanical features of the subscapularis, the common injury patterns associated with this muscle and the important role it has in shoulder stability. In this article, Chris outlines the classical signs and symptoms of subscapularis injury and provides rehabilitation ideas for injured and dysfunctional subscapularis... MORE

Proximal tib-fib joint: an uncommon site for lateral knee...

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Chris Mallac examins at the role of the proximal tibiofibular joint in the etiology of lateral knee pain. Pain about the lateral aspect of the knee is usually attributed to conditions such as iliotibial band compression/friction syndrome, lateral meniscus lesions and patellofemoral pain, and the supporting patella lateral retinaculum. In the absence of these conditions, other... MORE

Meniscal root tears part II – the road to...

in Other

In part one of this two-part article, Chris Mallac explored the anatomy, diagnosis and imaging options for meniscal root tears. In this article, he discusses the management options for meniscal root tear injuries. The management of meniscal root tears can be either nonoperative, partial meniscectomy or meniscal root repair: Non-surgical treatment Non-surgical treatment is usually reserved for... MORE


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