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[9 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Does being overweight affect your joints? | ]
Does being overweight affect your joints?

I get asked this question a lot. And until recently, I thought it made a bit of difference, but if you had good strength and sufficient joint mobility carrying a few extra kilos probably wouldn’t be that big a deal. For your joints at least. Being overweight is associated with all kinds of other health problems, so maintaining a healthy weight is in your best interested regardless.
But now we know exactly how much pressure your joints take on when you take on extra weight. According to a study of overweight …

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[19 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Doctors told to stop doing knee surgery | ]
Doctors told to stop doing knee surgery

According to a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald website, “the peak body for rheumatologists has publicly urged doctors to try to avoid arthroscopic knee surgery, for patients with osteoarthritis, especially if they’re over 50”.
Instead, they are urging doctors to recommend seeking alternative therapies and to try to strengthen their knee joints.
It’s taken a long time – studies on this have been appearing for more than 15 years, and the downside to surgery can be huge (the cost, the recovery time, the risk of infection or death).
The official statement …

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[5 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Codeine is prescription only – what now? | ]
Codeine is prescription only – what now?

Now that codeine has been made prescription only, what are your alternatives? A recent article on the ABC Health website breaks down your options really well. It takes you through various conditions like Migraines, Period Pain, Cold and Flu etc to give you the best up to date information.
Firs of all we should point out that pain medications are only ever meant to be temporary measures. if you really want a solution you should consult your health care practitioner to try to get to the bottom of things and find …

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[28 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Back to School Part 3 – Study Posture | ]
Back to School Part 3 – Study Posture

Poor ergonomics causes a lot of musculoskeletal injuries like back pain, neck and shoulder pain, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and eye strain. It also causes people to fatigue quicker, makes them irritable and generally less productive. So how should your children they set up their desk, chair and computer?

The chair should be adjustable so their feet touch the floor (or a footrest) and they are at a good height relative to the desk. The desk should not be too high so they are reaching, or too low so they …

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[22 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Back to School Part 2 – Backpacks | ]
Back to School Part 2 – Backpacks

In last weeks post I talked about the 3 most common causes of back pain in schoolkids. First on the list was a heavy backpack, which is defined as a backpack weighing more than 10% of the child’s body weight. Previous studies using MRI scans have shown that when the weight of the backpack gets much above this, the discs start to become compressed, and the spine starts to curve, probably because the children were trying to find a comfortable position. The danger here is that in addition to the compression, …

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[15 Oct 2017 | Comments Off on Renovation Rumble! | ]
Renovation Rumble!

Inspired by all those reality TV home renovation shows, we have decided to give the clinic a bit of a makeover! For a couple of weeks in late October we will be rolling up our sleeves and getting the grout out which means a few changes in working hours over that time.
Call us on the usual number – 9389 6344 to make appointments. We will be working from pretty much the same address in the clinic next door to us on level 8. You will be given directions when you …

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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures | ]
Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures

A recent analysis of the impact of falls has revealed some pretty scary statistics. According to the review, 5% of people who break their hip in a fall die when in hospital, and 25% die within a year as a result of the disability it causes.
Further to this, more than 10% go on to be admitted to aged care facilities. And you don’t need to be old to suffer these effects; the study found that more than a third of people aged 50 never regain their full mobility. One quote …

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[4 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Are you taking too many painkillers? | ]
Are you taking too many painkillers?

The answer is probably yes! According to a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald website, “Millions of Australians are taking too many painkillers”. And some of these medications have quite serious side effects. Here are a few key quotes from the article:

“taking higher doses of something like ibuprofen or aspirin, you’re at a higher risk of gastric bleeds, stomach ulcers and bad indigestion”
“Paracetamol is actually really toxic once you get to certain doses, affecting people’s livers in ways that are not easily reversible, and people can die.”
“Ibuprofen-codeine tablets, such as Nurofen …

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[14 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Vitamin B3 Summary | ]
Vitamin B3 Summary

You probably heard the reports last week that are being described as the biggest breakthrough for pregnancy nutrition since folate. I found a very informative summary of the latest news on the ABC health website which I thought I would share. Here are the key findings and a link to the article:
What defects does the study propose can be avoided by boosting your B3 intake?
The study found that multiple miscarriages, heart, kidney and spinal defects could be avoided by boosting vitamin B3.
Does this mean older women may be able to fall pregnant …

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[14 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on New Clinic Open! | ]
New Clinic Open!

Hello and Happy New Year to you all! It sure was a wild 2016 so I hope you got to enjoy some time off over holiday season to recharge the batteries for 2017.
The clinic I have worked in for 12 of the last 14 years has been sold so I have moved. As of MONDAY JANUARY 16TH 2017 I will be working in a clinic at 251 Oxford St BONDI JUNCTION. It’s about 3 minutes walk from my old clinic so shouldn’t be too big a disruption. I am up …