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Bio-Psycho-Social-What!?

What has been a buzz-word in nerdy medical circles for a while?   BioPsychoSocial.   What does it mean?  The short answer is – treating a patient as a whole person not as a body part.  Its important because for a long time us medical types have been managing problems primarily by reducing it down to a specific problem – for example – osteo-arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) has traditionally been talked about and treated as a cartilage and bone problem however, current research has been placing a bigger emphasis on your mental/emotional health as major contributors to this medical issue.  So essentially, if you’ve got lots of stress in your life, your OA is likely to be worse.   All well and good, so what’s the issue?   I’m glad you […]

Lower Back Pain

Low Back Pain: We are all different. You need tailored care. Approximately 80% of us will have back pain at some point in our lives, and a significant proportion will develop an ongoing problem. What keeps the pain going? Is it the disc bulge? Is it arthritis? Highly unlikely. X-ray or scan findings don’t tie closely with what you feel. In people with no pain at all approximately 20% of 20 year olds, 30% of 30 year olds etc., up to 90% of 90 year olds have disc bulges or arthritis despite being perfectly comfortable. So, what does keep the pain going? To have pain, you have to have a brain: it decides if we feel pain or not. When US President Ronald Reagan was shot (in real life, not […]

Plantar Fasciitis

  PLANTAR FASCIITIS: Have you got intense pain in your heel making you hobble first thing in the morning? Do you sit in a car for 2 hours and you can’t put your foot down and end up looking a lot like John Cleese’s ministry of silly walks? Can only be the dreaded plantar fasciitis. Maybe you’ve been to see the GP and they’ve suggested it will probably get better by itself in 12-24 months. This doesn’t sound overly encouraging – it sounds like you’re looking forward to another 2 years of limping around like a needle is stuck in your foot! So What is it? Plantar Fasciitis is an ‘overstress’ problem. It’s similar to a tendinopathy in that it’s a result of overloading the soft-tissue at the bottom of […]

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