Early statistics of the coronavirus showed that the death rate was higher amongst the male population than the females. There are many theories for why this may be, but a common trend seems to be that men tend to have a higher comorbidity rate than women. Comorbidities being conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, […]
Orthopaedics can be described as the branch of medicine concerned with the skeletal system (bones). Furthermore, orthopaedics can be broken down into 2 categories: Orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis or bursitis which affects the musculoskeletal system and are generally more chronic in nature, and Orthopaedic injuries which are often caused by sudden trauma, such as […]
In our previous article we mentioned that prevention is better than the cure BUT what if you are sitting with the problem already? What are the various components of rehabilitation? In general, the ‘process to recovery’ would start with the person seeing their general practitioner (GP), the GP would then refer to a specialist if […]
We often hear of someone who has sprained their ankle, strained a muscle or dislocated a joint. But what do these types of orthopaedic injuries entail? A sprain can be defined as the overstretching or tearing of the ligaments supporting a joint. Ligaments attach bone-to-bone or cartilage-to-bone. A strain on the other hand is the […]
Rehabilitation is the action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after illness or trauma. The primary aim of musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation is to restore the person to their full function in the shortest time possible. What does this mean in the scope of Biokinetics? As stated in one of […]
Biokinetics is a medically recognised profession concerned with the promotion of health, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation; by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription.
Coronary artery disease Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) continues to be the leading cause of death and a major cause of morbidity and loss of quality of life. It is evident that the growing cause of death and disability in South Africa is CAD – accounting for 10% of total deaths.
What is a Stroke? A stroke is often called a brain attack and should be treated as seriously as a heart attack. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a region of brain is obstructed, resulting in a rapid loss of brain function. Majority of strokes are ischemic, resulting from a thrombosis or embolism. Some […]
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a symptomless condition which often results in cerebrovascular accidents, heart disease, and renal failure. Hypertension among adults is defined as a blood pressure greater or equal to 140 over 90 mmHg. 1 in 8 people in South Africa have hypertension.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis. Also known as AS, Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis that predominantly affects the spinal joints. It can be subdivided into two distinct categories. Ankylosing spondylitis where changes to the sacroiliac joint and the spine can be noted on an X-ray. And non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, where no changes can […]