Bone and joint health at Strive Clinic

This week Strive Clinic has introduced the newest member of the team. Christina O’Connor is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP ), a group of more than 1,100 physiotherapists who are recognised as having a standard of excellence in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy that deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and disorders of soft tissue structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Common injuries and pathologies that are routinely treated by a musculoskeletal physiotherapist might include ligament sprains, muscular strains, tendon inflammation (tendonitis ), spinal disc bulges/prolapses, osteoarthritis, and knee meniscal tears. Most acute soft tissue injuries will typically heal within six weeks through the body's normal healing. However, often through adopting unhelpful movement strategies or continuing to place structures in the body under excessive strain and stress, normal healing does not occur and injuries persist.

“I have always had an interest in exploring new and innovative ways of maximising functional ability and reducing risk of injury. I pride myself on taking a holistic, individualised, evidence-based approach to my assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries,” says Christina O'Connor. “The knowledge I have acquired, both as a physiotherapist and fitness/Pilates instructor, enables me to support people to return to the activities they love with confidence and reduced risk of re-injury.”

Understanding why pain persists in the body is multifaceted, and is often not simply a case of identifying a structure in the body that is at ‘fault’. A range of additional factors can result in the persistence of pain such as stress, poor coping strategies, past experience and, most importantly, expectation of recovery. In working with the multidisciplinary team at Strive Clinic, the MSK physio has the supports not only to identify the physical structures that could be at fault, but also to determine what external factors could be acting as a barrier to recovery.

To make an appointment with Christina O'Connor or any of the team at Strive Clinic, call 091 393180 or email reception@striveclinic.ie.

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