Physiotherapist

Leah Bell-Steele

Leah is an Australian physiotherapist with over 10 years experience working in the Public Health Sector in the UK and more recently, back home in Australia. She graduated from the University of Queensland with her Bachelors in Physiotherapy (Honours) before entering the workforce.

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Articles by Leah Bell-Steele

Inner Thigh Pain: 6 Possible Causes

Inner thigh pain occurs when there is an injury or condition causing pain in or around the medial (inner) thigh. The medial thigh is a region of the body between the pelvis and the knee.

What are Heel Spurs? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about heel spurs. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

Knee Pain When Bending: 10 Possible Causes

There are many causes of knee pain when bending. Many actions require the knee to bend, such as walking, squatting, kneeling and sitting.

Upper Back Pain on the Left Side: 12 Possible Causes

Upper left back pain is often related to a muscle sprain or joint injury. It can also be related to organ pain that refers to the back. Minor pain usually resolves independently, while more chronic and severe conditions may require treatment.

What is a Calf Tear? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about calf tears. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

Causes of Shoulder Blade Pain (Scapula Pain)

Shoulder blade pain is a common condition. People with shoulder blade pain usually experience discomfort near the shoulder blade (scapula), and often have difficulty with everyday activities.

Pain above the Knee: 3 Possible Causes

Soft tissue injury to the quadriceps and hamstring muscles are some of the most common causes of above knee pain. Joint problems such as arthritis and knee bursitis can also cause discomfort and pain above the knee joint.

What is Shoulder Bursitis? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about shoulder bursitis. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

Pain in the Arch of the Foot: 4 Possible Causes

Pain in the arch of the foot can happen when there is an injury to the muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons that form the foot arch. It is a common complaint experienced by runners but may also affect less active individuals.

Lateral Foot Pain: 6 Possible Causes

Lateral foot pain describes any pain that is on the outside of the foot, from the base of the foot, up to the ankle joint. Lateral foot pain can be either an acute injury, like a sporting injury, or a more chronic overuse problem.

What is a Patella Dislocation? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about patella dislocations. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

What is a Sprained Ankle? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about a sprained ankle. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

One of the most common hand injuries associated with the excessive use of mobile devices and computer work is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is a painful condition that causes compression of the nerves that pass in the carpal tunnel of your wrist.

TMJ Headaches: Causes, Signs & Treatment Options

What you need to know about TMJ headaches. This guide covers the causes, signs, treatments & prognosis.

What is a Meniscus Tear? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

What you need to know about meniscus tears. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments & prognosis.

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

Rotator cuff tears are an injury to the major muscles and tendons that keep your shoulder joint stable and allows you to lift and rotate your arms. The tendon is torn, resulting in pain and limitation of shoulder movements.

Hip Pain

Hip pain is a term used for describing conditions or issues that lead to discomfort around the femoroacetabular joint (hip). Injuries to structures, such as the labrum, muscles, ligaments and bone can lead to hip pain.

Cervicogenic Headaches: Causes, Signs & Treatment Options

What you need to know about cervicogenic headaches. This guide covers the causes, signs, treatments & prognosis.

What is a Hip Flexor Strain? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

Hip flexor strains result from tearing or overstretching the muscles or tendons located at the top of your thigh or pelvic region.

Neck Pain on the Left Side: 10 Possible Causes

Neck pain is a common condition associated with pain or tenderness in the neck and shoulders. The neck comprises seven bones, supported by muscles, ligaments, and other tissues. If these structures are impacted, it can cause left side neck pain.

What is Extensor Tendonitis? The Symptoms & Treatment Options

Extensor tendonitis is a term that describes irritation or overload in the tendons of extensor muscles. Tendons are fibrous tissue extending from the muscle that attach to bone.

Right Side Groin Pain: 10 Possible Causes

Right sided groin pain can have many causes, from a pulled muscle (muscle strain), especially for those who play certain sports, to health issues that need emergency services like ovarian torsion or appendicitis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Causes, Signs & Treatment Options

What you need to know about ankylosing spondylitis. This guide covers the causes, signs, treatments & prognosis.

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