Friday, February 9, 2018

Beware If You Run With Fitness Apps

I never ever run with my phone nor my watch nowadays. Definitely not an activity tracker. It is usually a 3-4 km jaunt (longer if I'm lucky), quick as I can for it keeps me sane.

Now it makes me glad that I never use any apps like MapMyRun, RunKeeper or Strava especially. Strava got itself into the news for all the wrong reasons this week.

Strava was first popular with cyclists, now it's also embraced by runners. It can be connected to devices like Fitbit. It is like Facebook for athletes where you can track your distances covered and share photos. You can see the popular cycling routes of other cyclists, follow your friends's running routes. You need to share your location data to get the most out of it. That's where there is your privacy trade-off.

By publishing its "heat maps" which showed it's users' routes, Strava allowed a college going kid from Australia to figure out military bases locations all over the world. Including sensitive areas in the volatile Syria, Afghanistan and other middle east regions. The worse bit was that names and heart rates of the users could be figured out as well.

Other than national security issues, it should also be a reminder to users that data collected by fitness apps reveal a lot about you and where you move around. All that data doesn't always remain on your phone.

If you use any fitness trackers and any mapping apps and plan to continue using it, make sure you learn how to protect yourself and your data as much as you can. My suggestion is not to post your workout maps on social media. It will be easy to tell if you run the same route over and over again, especially if you start and finish at your home.

Maybe a little paranoia from a mum and female runner, but better to be safe than sorry.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Change In Weather Makes Your Bones/ Joints Hurt?

Picture by Poh Yu Khing

Last post of the year. Do your bones or joints hurt when the weather is cold? Can your bones/ joints "sense" that rain is coming? Have a read in our other blog.

Happy New Year in advance. Have a great 2018!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sharing What We've Learnt

Team huddle 
After Rachel and I did the Anatomy Trains course just under 2 weeks ago, Reggie, Ting Jun and Gino had their arches and legs course just after us.

To consolidate what we've learnt, we set aside time and spent this morning reviewing what we've done. It was very helpful to bounce ideas/ observations and suggestions of we've seen with patients so far.

Yes, we spend lots of time refining our techniques so we can get our patients better quicker. We don't take short cuts or use treatment techniques that don't get results.
Ride (to) Port Dickson
We even came up with our own mnemonic for remembering a certain technique.

Just trying our best to become better physios.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our Turn At The Anatomy Trains Course

After seeing Reggie, Gino and Ting Jun attend the previous Anatomy Trains courses, we definitely wanted to go and learn too. Especially since I was told it really ties in very nicely with many of the treatment strategies we already do, especially with fascia.

Gino has shown us stuff that he has learnt from the same course, but the actual presenter would definitely have a few more pearls of wisdom.

So Rachel and I will be attending this very same course over the next 3 days so that we too can be able to treat our patients better.
Being the guinea pig

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Treating 2 of Singapore's Fastest Men

With Mr C Kunalan
I was not even born when he became Singapore's fastest man. Mr C Kunalan held the record of Singapore's fastest man from 1968 to 2001. He ran 10.38 seconds at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

I treated Mr Kunalan's daughter Mona recently and she messaged me to say that her dad needed to see me too. To which I replied of course, Mr Kunalan is one of Singapore's sporting legends to me. I will be most happy to help him. Mona herself was a really good sprinter too, she was already a track star during her school days.

Mr Kunalan's record was only finally broken in 2001 by UK Shyam, also my patient before. Well, that will be another post then, when I see him next in our clinic.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Avulsion Fracture Of The 5th Toe After Ankle Sprain

See the difference in size?
My patient had a avulsion fracture in the 5th toe and as a result wasn't weight bearing properly. See the difference in size? Just a few days of not weight bearing equally (she was favoring her R leg to try not to walk so much on her painful L foot) and you can see an obvious wasting in the leg muscles on the left side.
See the fracture at the base of the 5th toe.
She sprained her ankle and the force ripped off a piece of the bone on the 5th toe, otherwise known as an avulsion fracture.

Yes, some ankle sprains can cause that. Fortunately I got her to get an x-ray.

If your pain after an ankle sprain is on the foot instead of around your ankle, make sure you get it checked.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Guess Who Came To Our Clinic Today?

Can you guess who came to our clinic today?

No prizes if you guessed correctly. Yes, its Jo Schooling, who's back in Singapore from the World Swimming Championships before he goes off to Malaysia for the SEA Games.

Sharing a laugh with Jo.
Not often you get to treat an Olympic gold medalist. Happy to able to help Jo. All the best for the SEA Games.