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Estelle's A-Z of knee pain

The A-Z of Knee Pain – updated!

I’ve written an article with the same title a while ago but I thought some of it could probably do with a little update! The knee is (still!) the largest joint in the body. 4 bones more than 20 muscles each with a tendon 4 major ligaments as well as many little ones and at least 3 layers of cartilage. So here goes with my A to Z of knee…

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Healthcare on the Costa del Sol - Episode 6 - Supporting Children's Mental Health with Dr Alina Boukri

Podcast Episode 7 – Supporting children’s mental health.

This week we are talking to child psychologist Dr Alina Boukri. Bringing children up is confusing and complex. Add in a new country and different languages at home and at school it can all become even more complex. Today Alina focuses more on younger children and coping with language difficulties. Interestingly in multi lingual children they may only feel comfortable discussing certain topics in one language but not another (Alina…

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Back Pain - Getting the best advice

Back Pain – what works?

4 out of 5 people will experience back pain.  Chronic lower back pain is becoming a big problem affecting over 18 million people in the UK preventing many from working. So what is the solution? Lumbar Fusion Surgery? The Backcare Charity states that; “Very few people require back surgery. Such surgery is only essential when there are extreme symptoms such as a paralysis of the bladder and bowel or loss…

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Speed up recovery from your hip replacement at the Bodyworks Clinic

Speed up your recovery from a hip replacement

It was with some horror that I listened to a recent patient inform me that her surgeon here on the coast had advised her to wait 12 weeks before starting rehabilitation and physiotherapy after her hip replacement. 12 weeks! During my military training the physio arrived the first day you woke up after surgery! Move it or lose it! In the UK as a whole the physio is usually heavily…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Podcast Episode 1 – Choosing a Health Professional

Our very first episode! And what better way to start than with how to choose the right person in the first place? This episode is roughly based on my article for the Euro Weekly News called 5 Tips for Choosing a Health Professional and also based on an article our consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jyri Lepisto, wrote some time ago called “10 Tips for choosing a surgeon“. I wanted to…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Introducing our Podcast! Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Drumroll please! Today we launch the first EVER episode of our new podcast – Healthcare on the Costa del Sol! So you can listen below OR we are on iTunes and Spotify. Please don’t ask me how to do that bit though as I have my in house technical support to do such things! What’s it all about? Over the last 15 years (!) we’ve noticed how many calls and…

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3 S's of successful knee surgery - Bodyworks

Three Simple Steps to successful knee surgery

Surprising topic from me right? But if knee surgery is the best option for you there are 3 simple things that YOU can do to get a better outcome. The 3 S’s of a “happy” knee: Straight Strong (no) Swelling Working to achieve these before and after surgery (ahem or instead of??) will mean that you get the best results. If your knee treatment plan doesn’t include these it’s a…

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6 thing your doctor got wrong about back pain

6 things your Doctor got wrong about back pain

The wonderful, glorious thing about medicine is that it is constantly improving and changing. But it means that keeping up to date on what really works is a job in itself. A British Medical Journal article once estimated that family doctors needed to do 60 hours of reading a WEEK just to have a broad understanding of the changes involved. And that is literally life and death. Is it any…

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The knee-back connection - is your knee causing your back pain?

The Knee / Back Connection

Your body works as a whole unit. A team. And that “work” of moving you forward still needs to be done even if one part doesn’t function that great. So another area picks up the slack. And when that part of the team doing the extra work gets too tired? You get pain. Now, if this is the situation it doesn’t matter how much fabulous treatment you get in the…

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Working as a physiotherapist in Spain

Getting a job as a physiotherapist in Spain

Every year, in January and over the summer I am contacted by physiotherapists who have read this article which I wrote a very looooooooong time ago. So I thought it time to update this a little with the information that I generally add when I get the emails! Estelle Mitchell, a UK-qualified physiotherapist with more than 26 *ahem, it’s more like 40 now! years’ experience, came to work in southern…

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