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Understanding Pain – The Importance of Context

Have you ever heard those stories of Soldiers who get shot in active combat but don’t notice or even feel pain until later when they get to safety? Or athletes who can push through a game even though they have a fracture? Or people who feel no pain from an injury until they look at it and see it is bleeding? Why is this?
Firstly we have to understand why the body produces pain. Read on to learn more.

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Who Sank the Boat?

In the children’s book, ‘Who Sank the Boat’ by Pamela Allen, the mouse is blamed for sinking the boat. The mouse made the smallest impact but it was the final straw. This is similar to many injuries that people can get. Consider the following example:

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National Pain Week (23-29 July)

We all know what it’s like to feel pain but what about living with it every day? 1 in 5 Australians suffer from this invisible, misunderstood pain that affects every aspect of life and comes in many forms. Read on to learn more.

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Knee Arthroscopies

Knee arthroscopies and “clean outs” are frequently performed on knees with cartilage damage, meniscal tears and osteoarthritis. But what is the evidence for it? The first quality controlled trial was done in 2002 and showed that arthroscopies were no better than...

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Most of us know someone who has had whiplash, but what is it and what can you do about it? Rear-end collisions or heavy tackles in contact sports are classic examples. The sudden movement places strain on all components of the neck - the ligaments, joints, muscles and...

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The Art of the Warm-up

With pre-season well and truly upon us for many of the winter sports, we wanted to talk about the art of an effective warmup. Many sporting injuries unfortunately happen at the beginning of the session because of an inadequate warm-up. There has been a gradual shift...

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