It is amazing just how many of us have chronic pain - and how much it costs us all and the state.
A whopping 35.5% of the Irish adult population suffers from chronic pain (Source|: NUI Galway Centre for Pain Research)
Chronic lower back pain is the most common syndrome. As much as 12% of us are unable to work or have reduced work hours because of it. And 15% meet the criteria for clinical depression. So, it has significant mental health as well as physical implications.
Orthopaedics is that area of medicine concerned with the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Orthopedic Physiotherapists are therefore concerned with ensuring that your skeleton and all those bits and pieces around the bones are in good shape. Musculoskeletal is another term used to describe these connected systems around the bones. And Orthopaedic Physiotherapists have advanced education and skills to assess and treat injuries and conditions that involve the skeleton (bones), muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
If you have experienced pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint, you may be suffering from adhesive capsulitis, or ‘frozen shoulder’ as it is more commonly known. This condition comes on gradually, gets worse and then resolves over a one- to three-year period. So, it can impinge significantly on your quality of life over a lengthy spell.