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Understanding Musculoskeletal Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Did you know that musculoskeletal injuries account for a significant portion of work-related health issues and are a leading cause of disability worldwide? In fact, these injuries not only affect our ability to work but also impact our daily lives and hobbies. In this article, we will explore the various types of musculoskeletal injuries, their causes, symptoms, diagnostic tools, treatment options, and prevention strategies to help you maintain optimal musculoskeletal health.

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Crawley physiotherapy clinic - update july 20223

Clinic Update – We’ve Relocated!

Hi,

 

As of July 1st 2023, the details for my physiotherapy clinic have changed.

 

The clinic used to be called Tavistock Clinic, and is now called Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic.

 

To confirm, the full updated details are as follows:

 

Clinic name: Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic

 

Location: 4 Stable Park, Effingham Road, Copthorne, Crawley, RH10 3HY

 

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ruZcueCJjU6CxxQL7

 

Email: info@crawleyphysiotherapy.co.uk

 

Website: https://crawleyphysiotherapy.co.uk

 

For those who have enquired about bookings, the first available day to book an appointment is Thursday July 6th.

 

Please WhatsApp me or call me on 07490072592 to confirm a booking.

 

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We Now Accept Bitcoin As Payment At Our Physiotherapy Clinic

 

I am proud to announce that our physiotherapy clinic in Crawley will be the first physiotherapy practice in the UK to accept bitcoin as payment for its services.

 

I have chosen to do this on a backdrop of what I consider deeply concerning monetary policy implemented by the UK government over the past 18 months which has devalued the British Pound and led to palpable consumer price inflation. 

 

Bitcoin has strengthened in value since its inception, and due to its programmatic and immutable monetary policy it is not subject to political interference.

 

As a physiotherapist I attain deep meaning in my career and I enjoy the work I do, but the longevity of my career, as with any self employed working individual in this country, depends on the ability to exchange the services I provide with a value mechanism that can be stored and used to purchase, at the very least, the same value in the future.

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How To Prevent Back Pain Whilst Working From Home

2020 has been an extremely strange year, to say the least.

One thing we’ve seen an explosion in is working from home.

As the pandemic has accelerated all existing technological trends, nothing has accelerated faster than the transition from office working to home working.

Multiple office buildings in Crawley have seen a large percentage of workers on furlough, working semi-permanently from home or even transitioning full time to home working.

In many cases the speed of transition came so fast that millions of people were not adequately set up in their homes to have a computer, keyboard, mouse and paperwork in place.

Therefore many of us are now working in our kitchen, bedroom, or our best attempt makeshift office in a spare room that hasn’t been used in years.

I noticed this in clinic when a higher-than-normal number of client’s attended due to back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain that they felt had been a direct result of working at home in a non-ideal set up, causing new muscular tightness and strain on the body they’ve never had before.

Today I want to focus on what you can do specifically if you’re experiencing any type of back pain – whether it be lower, mid or upper back pain – that you also feel may be due to working from home. 

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Do Front Squats Increase The Risk Of Achilles Tendon Injury?

Squats.

We love them as much as we hate them. 

Nonetheless, none of us dare to question their effectiveness for building lower body strength, power and improving performance in almost all sports.

The back squat, where the barbell is placed on the upper back, is the most common form of strength training squat exercise, but some also opt for the ‘front squat’, where the barbell is placed in front of you whilst squatting (using a variety of grip techniques).

Little is known about the front squat, and on the surface it can be easy to assume it’s simple just another position of a barbell squat, but the mechanics are in fact entirely different. As a result of this, the outcomes of the front squat are in fact different to a back squat. 

 

The biomechanical differences between front and back squat

To the human eye, if quickly glancing at the different types of squats, they look very similar. A barbell is placed at approximately shoulder level, horizontally, the feet placement are slightly less than shoulder width with a slight outward flare.

The difference in the biomechanics of each squat does not actually appear until the squat motion begins.

When you have a barbell on your back, and you squat down, you have the ability to lean (slightly) forward without losing balance, because the weight behind you will keep the equilibrium. 

This is not the case with the barbell in front. Leaning forward in this instance will be further aggravated by the weight of the barbell, and there is higher chance of losing balance.

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Our Covid-19 Promise

We live in truly extraordinary times. 

Covid-19 has shifted the way we do almost everything in our day to day lives.

The way we approach our health is different also.

Many of us are now working from home. Although in many ways this has its benefits, there are also some drawbacks I’m hearing frequently from clients.

Working on our kitchen table, or in our bedroom, with a last-minute purchased home desk and uncomfortable chair is not ideal for our backs, shoulders or neck.

This might present new pain symptoms that were never present before. Yet, there are many things you can do to help alleviate the pain and prevent it getting worse, as working from home becomes the ‘new normal’.

The good news is, as a physiotherapist in Crawley, I am allowed to continue working as usually during this November lockdown. This is based on guidance from government and local authorities, as well as regulatory advice from healthcare providers. This means I am able to offer face-face in person treatment for new and existing patients.

It’s natural to be cautious when visiting any shop or clinic at this time, however quality and safety has always been a fundamental part of my approach as a physio.

With that being said I have put in place a few measures to ensure you can attend your appointment confidently and without worry:

  1. All new patients will undergo a Covid-19 questionnaire screening process, to ensure you are safe to have treatment and do not risk others in the clinic building.
  2. All patients will have regular temperature checks.
  3. A face shield will be worn by myself for the full duration of the appointment.
  4. All major surfaces and the plinth (treatment tablet) will be wiped between each appointment.

When you attend for your appointment please ensure you:

  1. Only enter 5 minutes (maximum) for your appointment to present crowding the waiting room.
  2. Remain outside if there is no suitable space in the waiting room to maintain 2m distance from other customers.
  3. Wear a face covering if possible.
  4. Attend your appointment alone unless you require a chaperone
  5. Use hand sanitiser before and after your appointment.

We are going through challenging times, but don’t let pain stop you from doing your best to conquer the challenges we all are all facing.

If I am able to help in any way with your back pain, neck/shoulder pain, knees or hip pain, or anything else that’s nagging or aching, please do reach out.

should you stretch before exercise

Should You Stretch Before Exercise? A Data-Driven Answer

Introduction

Although it is a practice all fitness enthusiasts undertake, stretching before intensive exercise has often been an underlooked topic of interest.

We all know that preparing oneself physically before working out is essential, to prevent injury and to perform at our peak level.

We often scrutinise how to perform our workouts most efficiently, to get the best results we could obtain.

Rarely, however, do we scrutinise our warm-up and stretching routine.

This article aims to shed some light on what the scientific literature has to say about stretching as a means for an effective pre-workout warm-up, to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.

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5 Incredible Benefits of Exercise for Pregnant Women (Infographic)

Many of you know I am a huge advocate for regular exercise and constantly stress the importance of low intensity ‘steady state’ as well as high intensity (interval or weight training) exercise routines for injury prevention, longevity, mental health and and overall well-being.

It’s commonly unknown, however, how vital exercise is for pregnant women.

In our physiotherapy clinic I commonly see pregnant women concerned or afraid of being physically active, and rightly so (to an extent). Overly strenuous physical activity can be harmful and could put you in a position to hurt yourself or your child. Heavy lifting, intensive sport activity and high intensity weight training should be avoided or minimised where possible – and it’s important you review any activities such as this that you feel you can’t avoid (for example, if your work activities involve constant heavy lifting) with your GP and midwife.

However, light and moderate exercise is completely safe for all healthy pregnant women and should be encouraged, as it comes along with multiple surprising benefits. So what are the benefits of exercise for pregnant women?

I’ve created an infographic to explain some of the more interesting and beneficial side effects of low/moderate exercise for pregnant women:  

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best sports shop in crawley

What is the Best Sports Shop in Crawley?

Introduction

In Crawley we are lucky to have a wide variety of commercial shops, but in addition to this we’re quite fortunate that Crawley has some boutique and one-off style shops that you can’t find elsewhere.

When it comes to sports products, I would have to say I’m quite the connoisseur (well not really, but I have a fair knowledge of the industry). As a physio based in Crawley, I have a passion for sports, health and wellbeing, and whenever I come across a sports shop, as embarrassing as it sounds, I feel like a kid who has just discovered Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.

Part of the reason is, sports clothing is my favourite type of clothing. It’s by far the most comfortable clothing you can wear. As a physio I’ve worn sports clothing my entire career, and I’ve played some form sports since I can remember being alive, so I’ve tested almost everything.

So what is the best sports shop in Crawley? This article aimed to help you be able to decide which sports shop is best to go to for your specific requirements. It’s worth noting, I’ll be referring to sports shops that are located in Crawley town centre, as this is the primary hub of shopping for residence in the area.

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The Importance of Exercise After Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgeries, such as knee replacements and hip replacements, are common in those with end stage arthritis and can sometimes can also occur when younger from certain musculoskeletal conditions and/or significant injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) explains that total joint replacements are usually recommended after non-surgical treatments such as medication, physical therapy and lifestyle changes do not relieve pain symptoms or limited function as a result of one’s condition.

They go on to describe how joint pain that may lead to surgery can, in many cases, come from damage or wearing away of the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones. The lack of cartilage can lead to bone impacting on bone, causing pain inside the joint.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) also describe how the purpose of joint replacements are to remove parts of joints that are damaged or diseased and replace them with artificial parts in order to allow for improved movement and stability of the joint and therefore better day to day function.

What’s also important to note, in addition, is that a joint replacement surgery in and of itself will not entirely fix the symptoms in every case. 

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James Maskell
James Maskell
1718273813
Great service I would recommend. Kulraj is knowledgable and helped diagnose and then aided my recovery from a tibial stress fracture.
Vidun toys
Vidun toys
1717592512
He treated my knee after the 6 sessions I was completely fine and the pain has gone. He is very professional. Happy with the treatment received.
lesley rushman
lesley rushman
1717432132
Absolutely brilliant, first physiotherapist I've seen in 20 years who hasn't just given me the same exercises I already do for my bad back. Kulraj is very friendly, thorough and professional. 6 weeks of treatments using the different techniques used by Kulraj has made a huge difference to back.. highly recommend
shakher chhaganlal
shakher chhaganlal
1717269181
My wife has been coming to the clinic for several months and Kulraj Singh has been incredible. Absolutely supportive to my needs here. Took time to listen to my pain and my worries about my chronic leg pain and he has taken time to support me through my recovery journey. I recommend him to anyone.
Leila Walters
Leila Walters
1716317093
Would absolutely reccomend! The facilities are lovely, clean and with on site parking.Kulraj is very knowledgeable and has really helped to resolve my neck and shoulder problems which have been a problem for a long time. Thank you so much!
Adam Simpson
Adam Simpson
1716283352
Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic really got me back on track after some trouble with Sciatica. Kulraj was very knowledgeable and gave me a program to bring me back to normal and a plan to prevent this returning through a bespoke approach. I couldn’t recommend him more. Thank you
Max Bromfield
Max Bromfield
1715972408
Kulraj at Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic is a fantastic physio - he helped me with a painful chest injury. Very knowledgeable, a great physio and all round good guy. Would highly recommend!
Ross Bowditch
Ross Bowditch
1715081078
Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic is really my go to whenever I have any kind of issue with my shoulder and back. I like to exercise daily but sometimes get hit with a little injury that can stop me and whenever that happens, Kulraj is the one I call. He is always so easy to deal with, so approachable and friendly and he of course, really knows his stuff! Always gives sound advice and really helpful exercises and stretches to work on the issues that never fail to loosen things up and get me back to my regime ! Would highly recommend to anyone.
Helen Sinclair
Helen Sinclair
1715079742
I went to Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic for a shoulder pain that was impacting my daily life. Kulraj recommended weekly sessions (plus exercise). He did such a great job that I was able to successfully use my shoulder again (and take part in sporting activities). Kulraj is knowledgeable and friendly and I would definitely recommend.
Mark Dibben
Mark Dibben
1714672568
Being quite active and enjoying sports and gym sessions I was in need of some physio. Kulraj at Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic is brilliant! Like many others I was searching for a physio in/around the Crawley area to help with aches and pains as well as posture.Kulraj has helped me massively with exercise programmes to do at home as well as at the clinic.The clinic is easy to get to and everything you want/need.I will keep going to Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic for maintenance.
Charlie Moore
Charlie Moore
1714383474
Cannot recommend enough, fantastic service and extremely professional throughout!
Kanjana Ganeson
Kanjana Ganeson
1713986359
I was desperately looking for a Physiotherapist and was so glad I came across Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic. I have been suffering with my knees after my fall (2 yrs ago.).I have been so much in pain ,I thought it will never heal but Kulraj was so amazing and professional and helped me get better and heal in 6 weeks. We had lovely chats and is very approachable..I will not hesitate to go back again . Thank you again ..Kay
Koal Bhogal
Koal Bhogal
1713265210
Crawley Physiotherapy clinic were excellent in helping me recover and alleviate the pain of a hip joint problem I had suffered from for 2 years prior to their treatment plan. I had seen many physios about this problem with no joy, the holistic approach by Kulraj was the only treatment that worked for me. I would highly recommend their professional and friendly service.
anna woolford
anna woolford
1713263545
Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic offered a very friendly & professional service. Assisted with my lower back issues, giving great advice including exercises to continue at home. Symptoms have improved massively!
Garry Smith
Garry Smith
1712489402
Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic - Kulraj is a highly competent and professional therapist. On the two occasions I have needed to see him they were complex conditions, resulting from years of neglect and a very intensive sports life as a teenager. With both conditions he quickly assessed and analysed the issue, identified what needs to be done, building a programme to address the issue, and then guided me through the programme execution. If you have a condition that you believe physio will help/resolve then do not hesitate to reach out to him.
Amy
Amy
1712329791
I was looking for a physio to help with my increasingly painful shoulder - and I'm so pleased I contacted Kulraj.Within a couple of sessions the improvement was significant, and after 6 sessions of treatment combined with a structured home exercise plan, I'm pain free!Kulraj immediately identified and detailed the root cause of my issue, and with his expertise and guidance I can manage my posture/alignment going forward.He's friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend.
Holly Fuller
Holly Fuller
1712239102
Kulraj has been amazing in developing a plan to help with my concerns. The plan consisted of sports massage and different stretch combinations over the span of 6-8 weeks at the Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic. I now feel ready to complete my half marathon. Thank you for all your help!
Pam Graham
Pam Graham
1712232027
After injuring my back / Rt sacroiliac joint I could barely move and even after a month I was in constant pain with no relief resting. My family were concerned so I checked out Physio clinics and trusting the reviews of Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic I made an appointment to see Kulraj and after just one session there was a remarkable improvement - I was able to bear weight again through my Rt leg and managed a night’s sleep.Kulraj suggested an exercise regime to follow between treatment sessions. I am now pain free and able to enjoy walking, gardening and even shopping!
Daniel Eyre
Daniel Eyre
1712088965
Crawley physiotherapy clinic were so helpful with fixing my lower back.Kulraj was professional at all times. And the exercises he gave me along with massage really helped to get me moving again.Can't thank you enough !
Gracie-mai Carr
Gracie-mai Carr
1711368552
He was so understanding and his hands where gentle and soft
Kevin Bhimanah
Kevin Bhimanah
1710429775
Professional and very attentive on his job, I had a back pain for the last 6 months and in only 1 month he fixed it! Best physio I ever been!
Michael Holland
Michael Holland
1709916335
Kulraj has been great, treating tendonitis with a variety of practical treatments including massage and home exercises, with helpful links to videos to demonstrate the proper technique. Spotlessly clean facility and highly professional, yet personable approach. Highly recommend!
Max Talbot
Max Talbot
1709905333
I would highly recommend had a motobike accident and suffered from a bad back and after a few session's really made a difference.
Sadaf Khan
Sadaf Khan
1709659361
Kulraj helped me with the back pain. I feel much better after just five sessions. Hands on and suggested exercises. Very friendly person. Would definitely recommend him.
Mia Christensen
Mia Christensen
1709373550
100% recommend. Kulraj helped me after my car accident and gave great advice. It’s easy to get too, good parking and feels relaxing there. Definitely will go back for any other issues that may occur.
Stevie hillwood
Stevie hillwood
1709294879
Very knowledgeable and proffesional physio. After a free session Kulraj knew exactly what areas I had problems with and gave a detailed explanation of what the process will be moving forward.Also an all round great bloke. Would recommend for anyone!
Lou Oldfield
Lou Oldfield
1709048335
I had a very misaligned shoulder and trapped nerve . This was quickly sorted . Friendly and professional
Fatima Bello
Fatima Bello
1708982163
Kulraj helped me through a pain on my shoulder/neck/bicep after a car collision. He was very professional, kind and accommodating to my busy work schedule. After 8 sessions (8 weeks), I can now use my arm to its full availability thanks to him. Definitely recommend! 👏🏽
Brogan McFarlane
Brogan McFarlane
1708199638
Had a bad back and after a deep tissue massage the issue was resolved and the pain was gone!
Karen Young
Karen Young
1707587798
Short notice booking following chronic back.pain and immobility, got me in short notice, fantastic professional service and after care. Can't recommend enough.Stuart Young
Shiva Reddy
Shiva Reddy
1707587583
P Flynn
P Flynn
1706874691
Went to see Kulraj due to knee pain following torn ligaments. Excersises were very effective an dthe pain cleared quickly. Kulraj was very proffesional and explained what he was doing and why - would not hesitate to go back for other issues. Thank you Kulraj
Joe Carey
Joe Carey
1706873843
I came to Kulraj with an injury that needed sorting. Not only did he fix that, but also identified some underlying issues with my posture and fixed those too!Had me back playing sport quicker than originally thought. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Marcus Chilcott
Marcus Chilcott
1705086998
Nice location, great guy! Really helped me with getting me back in action!
Jocelyn Dore
Jocelyn Dore
1703849199
I have been visiting Kulraj for knee and hip pain, these have improved considerably both with hands on treatment and with exercises. I would definitely recommend this knowledgeable and friendly physiotherapist.
Jane Gosden
Jane Gosden
1703786093
I was referred after an accident at work & was seen by Kulraj. Three sessions sorted out my neck pain. I couldn't believe how much better I felt in a short space of time. Would highly recommend the services of Crawley Physiotherapy!
Wesley Hayes
Wesley Hayes
1703246881
I saw Kulraj for knee and hamstring pain from an injury and he helped me to quickly recover. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend highly!
clive skinner
clive skinner
1703178553
Went for help with a shoulder problem, was in tremendous pain and could hardly move my arm to the side at all.With a friendly & professional assessment, was given stretching exercises and massage and was quickly pain free again 👍
Colin Huckle
Colin Huckle
1702406184
Great service from initial consultation and then treatment for a sports injury would highly recommend
Alfie Brown
Alfie Brown
1702327082
Great care and attention to detail, not just with the local problem but other areas that needed correction and improvement. Very flexible and fast communication. Highly recommend and will definitely use again 👍
Chelsea-United
Chelsea-United
1701971161
I had pain on my back-shoulder. One of my colleague recommended him.He is a fantastic physiotherapist. Knowledgeable and talented. He caters to one's specific needs and explains in detail some of the possible causes for the issues. Teaches exercises that need to be done at home. I now feel that I am able to manage my issues with confidence.
Judith Cain
Judith Cain
1701791676
My elderly mother received treatment for prolonged lower back and leg pain. Two months of agony relieved after just one session, this far exceeded our expectations. I really like Kulraj, he is very social and personable but also professional. I would recommend him at any time!
Yogi Patel
Yogi Patel
1699897670
Started my Therapy due to a car accident which I suffered whip-lash would highly recommend for all your physio needs.
Emma Boakes
Emma Boakes
1699013874
I visited Kulraj after being involved in a car accident. He is very knowledgeable and has helped me with my back and hip.
Jackie Picton
Jackie Picton
1698335267
I visited Kulraj regarding a problem with my knee. Kulraj is very knowledgeable and compassionate. He is extremely good at listening and also at understanding the problem. He gave me a good set of exercises to do at the end of each session which, together with the hands on treatment, have helped considerably. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Clare Grant
Clare Grant
1698149442
Friendly, professional service.Following a RTA Kulraj really helped with my neck and back pain. After a few sessions I could really feel the difference and the terrible headaches I was suffering as a result really improved.Together with treatment in clinic and exercises to follow at home I saw a huge improvement.Would highly recommend.
jason watts
jason watts
1696962002
Excellent advice and treatment, highly recommended. Kulraj was very flexible with appointments and resolved my issue within three weeks.
peter king
peter king
1695647236
I visited Kulraj at Crawley Osteopath after my son who also attends there suggested he might be able to help with my back pain. After a free consultation to understand what I had done Kulraj was able to get me up & running again after only a couple of treatments. I find Kulraj’s approach is very professional and he makes you feel very relaxed. The method of treatment he gave me was different from other osteopaths I have been to. The set of exercises he gave me helped me feel much better in only a short time. I have no hesitation in recommending Kulraj.
Chloe Adamou
Chloe Adamou
1694709659
Kulraj has been brilliant with my wrist injury. Very knowledgable and passionate about his work.
Shaz Cannonz
Shaz Cannonz
1694682752
Was looking for a local physio to deal with knee issues and pain. Kulraj was incredibly thorough in his assessment. His approach was a little different to other physios I’ve worked with but I feel like his method was far more effective and got me back to better movement & pain free much faster. He’s also been addressing my hip/knee alignment issues which has had flow on benefits for my back and hips. On top of that really lovely to work with. Highly recommended.
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