Benign Hypermobility Syndrome (BHS)

Diagnosing someone with hypermobility is essentially a fancy way of saying they’re more bendy than most, or “double jointed”. It is not a problem by default, but it can cause aches and pains. These symptoms tend to improve with rest, and are aggravated by exercise- although strengthening exercises can be a useful management strategy. Hypermobility […]

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Kyphosis and Lordosis

This post isn’t totally in keeping with my usual blogs- because kyphosis and lordosis are not conditions. They are findings, and usually totally normal. Kyphosis is where the spine takes a flexed position: typically in the upper back (thoracic spine). Lordosis is where the spine is extended, such as the neck and lower back. The […]

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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder (FSS) is a syndrome, meaning it is defined by its signs and symptoms. Typically someone with a frozen shoulder will have pain and stiffness in the shoulder, but the diagnosis only applies to people whose movement is restricted passively. This means that when the shoulder is relaxed, movement is still limited when someone […]

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AxSpA & AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis)

AxSpA AxSpA is an abbreviation of Axial Spondyloarthritis. It may also go by AS, although this is more commonly used for ankylosing spondylitis. AxSpA literally means “spinal arthritis”, but the condition is more specific than that. It is a very under-diagnosed inflammatory condition, in the same family as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s […]

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