Dr Les Bailey phd, DO, acopm,apta ( int part )
Les Bailey orthotics articles
Dr Les Bailey physical therapies clinics, 2012
Dr Les Bailey phd,DO, acopm.apta(int part)
Author of the bestseller " the laymans guide to foot and heel pain"
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Direct mobile phone number 07801418080
Dr Les Bailey,s long career began in physical therapies in 1981,firstly qualifying in remedial massage,and later qualifying as an osteopath.
He completed his phd from OIUCM for his thesis on the treatment of plantar fasciitis and orthotics
He was duly awarded a teaching/lecturing diploma at the northern school of osteopaths in 1993.
He also holds a diploma in foot biomechanics and orthotic prescription.
Dr Les Bailey works from his clinic at Woodmansterne, Banstead in surrey.
Am I double jointed?
Hypermobility syndrome looked at by Dr Les Bailey phd, DO, Acopm, Apta ( int part )
Firstly the term "double jointed" is a misnomer.
Nowone has more than one joint per area.!!!
Hypermobility of the joints as a complete syndrome definitely does exist and for its sufferers, brings an assortment of problems.
It tends to affect the female population more than males, and indeed is often found in children.
It is estimated that around 5% of people are termed hypermobile, but many of these get no discernible ill effects from being naturally hypermobile.
Hypermobility can come from a number of factors, and various theories revolve around these.
Abnormality of the shape at the bone ends.
Marfans or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome cause weakened ligaments or over-elasticity to the ligaments.
Chronic fatigue syndrome.
During pregnancy, there occur hormonal changes that cause a natural laxity to the ligaments, and pregnancy is a major disabling factor to the hypermobile syndrome sufferer.
Early symptoms usually show themselves around the feet, ankles, and knees where the ligament laxity allows the structures to literally collapse.
Other early signs can be back pain with accompanying prolapsed discs, and of course spondylolisthesis.
Dislocations to the shoulder.
Osteoarthritis at an early age.
Clicky jaw ( TMJ )
joints can become clicky due to overmovement.
Carpal or tarsal tunnel syndromes.
The hypermobile may also experience finger locking in certain positions.
It is vital that the hypermobile patient keeps their muscles well toned and strong to support the weakened ligaments, and fitness is an important factor.
There is obviously no " cure " for hypermobility, but keeping symptoms treated with physical therapies / osteopathy will keep both patient and practitioner busy for many a year.
My own approach to my hypermobile patients is first and foremost to prescribe prescription orthotics to restabilise the feet and bring harmonious balance to the ankles, knees and hips.
Orthotics are absolutely vital if our hypermobile patient is to gain lower body relief, and these must be prescription as prefabricated orthotics will bring problems of their own due to inaccuracy.
Secondly, to encourage a good fitness regime, preferably with weights and resistance training.
Thirdly, I treat symptoms as they appear using manipulation, ultrasound, laser and exercise therapy.
There will generally always be some pain to address, but in general, I have kept my hypermobile patients relatively pain free using the above.
Dr Les Bailey, Banstead, Woodmansterne
Dr Les Bailey phd, DO, Acopm,Apta (int part )
A Les Bailey orthotics article 2012