Are You in Pain

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Originally posted on April 30, 2014 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/are-you-in-pain/ Pain can be a warning sign that something is wrong; for example, when you sprain your ankle, or when your back hurts after shoveling snow. MSK, or musculoskeletal pain includes neck, joint, limb, low back, bone, and chronic widespread pain. Acute pain is temporary pain caused by injury…. Read more »

To ice or not to ice…

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Originally posted on June 13, 2014 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/to-ice-or-not-to-ice/ Things are changing with respect to the use of cryotherapy in acute injuries, and the way we use ice in physiotherapy practice. There has been some very good research done over the past decade or so indicating that RICE or PRICE may not be as effective as… Read more »

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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Originally posted on May 23, 2014 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/repetitive-strain-injury-rsi-2/   A major occupational hazard   Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a blanket term used to describe more than 20 disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. RSI can affect anyone involved in work that requires frequent repetitive motion of the arms or… Read more »

Osteoporosis

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Originally posted on May 27, 2014 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/osteoporosis-article/   Osteoporosis is a condition that results in loss of bone mass and weakening of the bones, increasing the risk of fractures, such as a broken hip, crushed vertebra (spine), or fractured wrist. Osteoporosis-related fractures are often called fragility fractures because they happen with little or no trauma…. Read more »

Osteoarthritis

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Originally posted on April 30, 2014 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/osteoarthritis/   Joints change with time, and as we age we experience aches and pains and a gradual loss of mobility. However, osteoarthritis, one of 150 different forms of arthritis, is not simply a matter of getting older. It is a degenerative process that results in relatively rapid deterioration… Read more »

Back and neck pain – how physiotherapy can help

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Originally posted on February 2, 2015 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/back-and-neck-pain-how-physiotherapy-can-help/     How Physiotherapists Help Back and Neck Pain   Your physiotherapist will assess the causes for your back and neck pain, mobilize your spinal joints, and will give you advice on how to best maintain your thoracic mobility, essential for a healthy low back and neck.  … Read more »

Posture – A patient info sheet

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Originally posted on February 13, 2015 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/posture-a-patient-info-sheet/   Posture     Having good posture not only makes you look strong and healthy — it’s also a critical factor in preventing pain and injuries. For recreational activities like golf, skating, yoga or running, posture actually plays an important role in performance. And posture is critical in… Read more »

Tips to reduce the risk of falling

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Originally posted on April 28, 2015 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/preventing-falls-a-patient-info-sheet/   More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that can permanently reduce their mobility and independence. Direct health care… Read more »

Tips on preventing and healing plantar fasciitis

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Originally posted on April 28, 2015 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/plantar-fasciitis-a-patient-info-sheet About plantar fasciitis   Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the ball of the foot to the heel, stretching to… Read more »

New to running? Here’s a handy guide on how to stay injury-free

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  Originally posted on May 4, 2015 at http://physiocanhelp.ca/running-for-beginners-a-patient-info-sheet So you’ve made the decision to start running. Congratulations! It’s a great way to improve your health and your quality of life. Like all physical activity, however, running carries the risk of injury. It’s important to know how to prevent injury and what steps to take… Read more »