Carmen García Navarro
GDO/BSc Physiotherapy (Murcia), MSc Osteopathy (Madrid)
Carmen qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2015 at the prestigious University of San Antonio in Murcia. She subsequently further developed her skills by obtaining an MSc in Osteopathy at the Madrid School of Osteopathy. .
She is experienced in the treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of musculoskeletal issues including cervical neck problems, back pain, spinal rehabilitation as well as knee discomfort amongst others.
Many of us suffer from different types of aches and pains. On many occasions, these are caused by bad working postures, anxiety and / or stress. Some of these discomforts may develop into more chronic issues such as:
Spinal disc hernias
The spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae separated from each other by intervertebral discs that facilitate vertebral movements and which cushion impacts.
A hernia occurs when one of the intervertebral discs is displaced causing stiffness and spinal compression.
Herniated discs are more common in the cervical and lumbar areas of the spine.
Causes of herniated discs can include direct trauma (sport, falls, traffic accidents) or repetitive postures and movements.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is usually related to the musculoskeletal structure of the spine. It is often accompanied by pain which radiates to other parts of the body such as the legs.
This problem can affect people of all ages whether sedentary or with active life styles. Approximately 80 percent of the population has had or will have lower back pain during their lifetime.
The cervical (upper) spine is very flexible and allows for greater mobility than any other area of the back. It is a common site for pain which is either localised or which radiates into other parts of the body such as the arms, head or other areas of the back.
The most common cause of cervical pain is soft tissue injury, due to trauma or progressive deterioration. Cervical spine pain is often accompanied by headache, dizziness, tingling or numbness of the fingers.
Cervical pain can be the result of abnormalities in the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, discs, vertebrae and nerves.
Stress, prolonged use of the computer, repetitive strains, falling asleep with poor posture, trauma or injury can all be causes of neck pain.
Knee pain is a very common condition in people of all ages. This type of pain can appear both abruptly and suddenly and start with mild discomfort and progress.
It usually predominates in overweight people and athletes due to the excessive use of this joint.
What can cause these symptoms?
- Chondromalacia patella: It is a pathology that occurs with wear on the patella. Osteoarthritis that can occur in young people and causes widespread knee pain.
- Patellar tendinitis: Inflammation of the patellar tendon
- Tendinitis fascia lata: Also known as runner's tendinitis that causes pain on the outer side of the knee.
- Goose paw tendinitis: Pain on the inner side of the knee that can cause bursitis.
- Biceps femoris tendinitis: It usually produces pain.