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This resource has been made to help you remember the exercises your therapist taught and practiced with you. If you find the exercises cause you more pain please stop the exercises and seek advice from a healthcare professional. Exercises Bridge Lie on your back with your legs bent. Flatten your...

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The sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) is a neck muscle. It has 2 bands. 1 attaches from behind the ear to the breast bone and the other from behind the ear to the collar bone. Because of these 2 attachments, a tight left SCM muscle can affect the neck by causing the head to tilt to the…...

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The sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) is a neck muscle. It has 2 bands. 1 attaches from behind the ear to the breast bone and the other from behind the ear to the collar bone. Because of these 2 attachments, a tight right SCM muscle can affect the neck by causing the head to tilt to the…...

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You may be given these exercises to increase the strength and control through your calf muscles. Try to do these exercises twice a day. Gastrocnemius muscle Stand on 1 leg with your leg straight. Lift up onto your tip toes, as high as you are able. Slowly lower back down. Repeat as many times...

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Your physiotherapy appointment is at the Sheffield Hallam University advanced wellness and research centre (AWRC) rather than at the Hospital. What will happen at my appointment? When you arrive at the AWRC, please tell the reception that you are here, and tell them that you are attending an...

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You will be reviewed by your consultant at approximately 8 weeks after your scoliosis surgery. At this appointment, the range of movement and posture of your spine will be checked. If you are struggling with feelings of stiffness or your consultant thinks your movement or posture could be improved,...

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What is idiopathic toe walking? Idiopathic toe walking is a condition where a child walks on their tip toes with no underlying bone, muscle or joint abnormality. ‘Idiopathic’ means that there is no clear cause. Why does my child walk on their tip toes? There are usually 2 main reasons....

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What is a pars defect? Pars defect is usually a small hairline crack on part of the spine called the ‘pars interarticularis’. This can remain stable and give no symptoms at all. Sometimes, it will cause the bone to gradually slip forward over the ‘sacral vertebrae’. This is...

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Introduction After an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture it is especially important that you regain the strength in your leg before any reconstructive surgery. What follows is an exercise program or ‘pre-habilitation’. Regaining the strength and movement in your knee before surgery will...

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Physiotherapy is an important part of the treatment and management for children and young people with haemophilia. What will my physiotherapist do? Your physiotherapist is part of the haemophilia team and their role is to monitor your joints and make sure any changes in how much you can move your...

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What can I do to get the movement back in my elbow? Once your cast has been removed, your elbow can feel stiff and painful to move. It is important to start using your arm normally again as soon as possible. At first, there will be some restrictions on sports, and you should ask your…...

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What is mechanical back pain? Mechanical back pain (MBP) is back pain which is related to movement or activity but with no underlying bone, joint or disc abnormalities. This is usually most common in children age 10 or over and is self limiting. Why does mechanical back pain occur in children?...

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What happens when my child has been referred to physiotherapy? The doctor will send your referral to us after your clinic visit. Sometimes we may try to contact you directly by phone, otherwise you will receive a letter in the post to ask you to contact us to make an appointment. When will my...

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Why do I need physiotherapy after the operation? The role of the physiotherapist after surgery is to prevent any breathing complications such as chest infections, and assist the patient to regain normal function in preparation for discharge home. What will I do with the physiotherapist? From...

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What is Osgood-Schlatter disease? Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of pain in the front of the knee. It is not a disease, but a condition or disorder. This condition is also referred to as ‘traction apophysitis’, meaning pulling on the growth plate causing inflammation. It is...

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What should I expect after my plaster cast has been removed? For the first few days your ankle may feel stiff and sore to move. This is normal as the joint has been held still for a few weeks. There is usually some swelling present which will contribute to the pain and stiffness. You may…...

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What is positional plagiocephaly? Positional plagiocephaly is a flattening on one side of the back of the head. It may also involve bulging of the forehead and some asymmetries in the facial features. What causes plagiocephaly? With the ‘back to sleep’ campaign to reduce sudden infant death...

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What is Perthes disease? Perthes disease is a childhood disorder which affects the top of the femur bone. The femur is the bone in your thigh. It affects the ball part of the ball and socket joint where it meets the hip. In Perthes disease, the blood supply to the top of femur is reduced,…...

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What is Sever’s disease? Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in children and young people. This condition is also referred to as ‘calcaneal apophysitis’. The condition causes pain and discomfort in the heel where the tendon of the muscle attaches to the bone. There...

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What is torticollis? Congenital muscular torticollis (CMT)  is shortening of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle in the neck. This causes a baby to hold their head tilted or rotated to one side from birth. Some babies may develop a harmless, fibrous lump within the neck muscle which usually...

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What is anterior knee pain? Anterior knee pain (AKP) describes pain that comes from the joint between the kneecap and the thigh bone. It is usually a gradual pain and is often exercise related. It can be associated with: clicking grinding difficulties with squatting stairs running jumping Any knee...

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Why do my muscles become tight? As you are growing, your body may go through periods of rapid growth. These can be known as ‘growth spurts’. This is when the bones grow at a faster rate than the muscles can stretch. Why does a tight muscle sometimes cause pain? If a particular muscle...

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