• Knee Pain

    Are you kneeling comfortably

    Knee problems keep surgeons busy. Around 80,000 knee operations are carried out by the NHS in the UK every year and a lot of them are triggered by overuse and repetitive movements. If you hurt your knee playing sport you can probably afford time off for recovery but if…

  • Shoulder Pain

    Take the weight off your shoulders

    I wrote recently “School Lightens the Load” about how schoolchildren in Kansas were relieved from having to lug heavy books around school. An article today in the Daily Mail highlights another vulnerable group of people, young men are carrying their offices on one shoulder, and not surprisingly are developing…

  • Back Pain

    Aquarium fungicide might help low back pain

    Tropical fish fanciers will be familiar with methylene blue as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chemical used to keep fish healthy. Today the Daily Mail report on a trial carried out in China by orthopedic surgeons and reviewed by Professor Bogduk for the medical journal Pain. The Chinese surgeons suggest…

  • Pain

    Talking yourself out of Pain

    A thought provoking article from the BBC on using cognitive therapy to reduce pain. I am not sure how well this would work as a "stand alone" intervention but it’s certainly true that having someone explain why you are in pain demystifies it and stops it being quite so…

  • Back Pain

    Could bacteria be the cause of low back pain

    Interesting article in the Daily Mail – “Could bacteria have caused your Back Pain? (And will a simple dose of antibiotics cure it for good?)”. The suggestion is that injured discs can provide a home for blood-borne bacteria, the resulting infection then affects the bone and makes it swell…