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Conditions we treat

Jill Kerr Physiotherapy Edinburgh specialises in all musculoskeletal conditions such as Sports Injuries, all types of arthritis, back and neck pain, ligament sprains, bursitis, tendon injuries or tendinopathy, joint pain, post joint dislocation or post fractures and post joint replacement and chronic pain. All areas of the musculoskeletal frame treated andy each individual given rehabilitation appropriate to their own activity level. If you are unsure whether Physiotherapy is suitable for you please contact us to ask. Below is a list of more specific examples Jill can treat:

Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a challenge for physiotherapists worldwide- the tendon is one of the biggest weight bearing tendon in the body and the anatomy of the structure and demands put upon it lead to a high incidence of pain within it particularly if you make a sudden increase in demand on the tendon. This is often associated with running. Physiotherapy is beneficial to ascertain where within the contractile unit the problem comes from and then how you can help to settle the pain and get the tendon ready for the forces it needs to be subjected to within your daily routine.

Acromioclavicular joint sprain

A typical fall onto the tip of the shoulder or onto an outstretched arm sprain this small joint in the epaulette area of the top of the shoulder. The pain is local to the tip of the shoulder and depending on the severity of the injury the time to recovery will vary from 3-12 weeks. Early physiotherapy intervention will facilitate the healing process and return to normal activity levels.

Anterior knee pain

There are many varied caused of pain felt in and around the patella/knee cap and depending on the diagnosis will respond to a variety of Physiotherapy lead approaches. Misdiagnosis and/or mismanagement here can increase the pain felt rather than relive it. A thorough assessment of all of the knee structures is essential as well as addressing biomechanical asymmetry.

Bells palsy

Sudden facial weakness that can be distressing and associated with stress or infection affecting the facial nerves. This occurs when one side of the facial muscles are not functioning normally. Early intervention with exercise and hands on physiotherapy and the use of a mini muscle stimulator can help induce the recovery process.

Calf strain

A calf strain/gastrocnemius muscle injury is a common soft tissue injury often occurring during activities such as tennis or squash where there are acceleration and deceleration movements. The onset is sudden and immediate pain felt in the muscle. Ensuring a good walking pattern early is key, sometimes crutches are needed to prevent limpng and normalize gait. Wearing a higher heeled shoe can reduce the stress on the healing zone. Early physiotherapy intervention can facilitate the healing process and get you back to full function as soon as possible.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome presents with painful pins and needles in the thumb, index, middle and half the ring finger. It is a presentation associated with some systemic illness eg underactive thyroid, is common in pregnancy and with some higher intensity office work and manual work. Carpal tunnel can be difficult to differentiate from problems with the neck. The physiotherapist has tests that differentiate were the problem is arising from and has various solutions to tackle the problem depending on the source of the problem.

Dequervains tenosynovitis

Dequervains lesion involves the thumb tendons that extend and move the thumb in the direction of the thumb nail, pain is felt at the base of the thumb. It is common in new mums and those working in a occupation or hobby involving using the thumb a lot eg texting, gaming. Soft tissue treatments and injection therapy are options for this lesion but we must address the contributing factors of why it has become painful.

Hamstring injury

The hamstrings only work close to their full potential when sprinting. They can injure when fatigued or if they are overstretched. Muscles have 2 functions to contract and stretch. When injured it is important to get some active and pain free active movement of the structure as soon as you are able and not to overstretch the muscle in the early stages. Progressive soft tissue work and rehabilitation exercises within the pain free region helps to facilitate the best healing environment.

Lateral ligament sprain at ankle

This is a common injury from going over on the ankle. There are 3 main ligaments that can be involved in the injury and diagnosing which of these are involved early on is important. This enables the treatment to address all the structures involved. On occasion the use of crutches/taping or supports is important to facilitate a normal gait pattern. As early as able introducing balance and proprioceptive exercise is important for prevention of injury recurrence.

Medial collateral injury at knee

Skiing and snowboarding is a common cause for pain and strain of the medial ligament of the knee. The injury can be graded clinically from a grade 1 to 3. Early pain free movement is key and if a recent injury facilitating the healing process to ensure the fastest return to full activity. Hands on soft tissue work, taping, electrotherapy and strengthening are part of the rehabilitation process.

Pelvic dysfunction

The pelvis and sacrum transmit forces from the lower leg to the spine and is fairly immobile. However imbalances within the demands placed on the structure can result in pain and dysfunction. Physiotherapy can help to assess the potential discrepencies within the joint and the soft tissues and rebalance the pelvis. Pain is felt in the buttock and groin region.

Plantar fasciitis

Do you wake up in the morning and have a sharp pain in your heel, finding it difficult to put your foot to the ground? You may have plantar fasciitis and a Physiotherapy assessment of the cause of this pathology. There are many interventions that can aid recovery including soft tissue work, biomechanical assessment, stretching and strengthening, strapping and acupuncture.

Rotator cuff tendinopathy

The rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder helps to control the position of the shoulder and are important in the control of movement in the shoulder. The tendons can have calcification, tears, degeneration and initial inflammation within them. Understanding why your shoulder is painful and what you can have done to help with to reduce the pain and improve the ability for the tendons to meet the load demands is essential.


Sciatica is a term used universally to mean pain in your buttock/posterior leg originating in the back. However pain in the buttock and posterior leg can also be coming from a variety of structures within the spine, pelvis and hip. There is not a one treatment fits all for leg pain and following a thorough assessment the treatment options will be explained to you. Stretching the leg is often not the answer and its best to seek advice from an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Subacromial bursitis

Overuse overhead activities can lead to an irritation of the subacromial bursa in the shoulder. Pain is felt in the upper arm. Injection of the subacromial space with re-education of the muscle balance of the shoulder and taping can help to reduce the pain and symptoms.

Tennis elbow

Sometimes known as lateral epicondylitis and known as Tennis elbow due to an overuse of the wrist extensor tendons that originate on the outside of the elbow. This can respond to soft tissue work, acupuncture, supervised strengthening, taping and injections. Being in the know of what to do and what to avoid when you have tennis elbow can make a huge difference to daily function.

Trochanteric bursitis

Pain over the upper outer thigh is common in the athletic population and women. Addressing the cause of the pain is an essential part of the rehabilitation process and assessing all the structures within the pelvic region is important. Physiotherapy treatments and/or injection therapy and rehabilitation are options for treatment.


Traditionally whiplash occurs within a motor vehicle collision, however similar problems can occur during high intensity sporting collisions where there is a sudden deceleration to movement. The pain and stiffness in the neck by individuals is often not felt until the day after the collision. If pain is felt immediately then a visit to accident and emergency is normally recommended to ensure there is no fractures or instability. Early movement and intervention appropriately managed by an experienced physiotherapist can facilitate a speedier response to full activity.

Women's health

Stress, urge and frequency incontinence. Suffering from any of the causes of incontinence or involuntary urine leakage can be extremely distressing and is surprisingly common amongst the female population. There are discussions between ladies about the problem but the personal nature of the problem forms a barrier often to seek professional help. Women's health physiotherapy is a specialized field within the profession and the patient is made to feel at ease whilst they confidentially explain the problem to the expert. There are many different potential solutions that can help all of these problems and the Women's health Physiotherapist can explain all the options available to you. Please do not hesitate to discuss options in confidence with the physiotherapist and help to alleviate the number of females who suffer in silence with this problem.

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