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A Patient’s Guide to Shoulder Dislocation on: 2021 Apr 07

By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia Posted on July 17, 2019     The shoulder is the most common type of dislocation in the human body. They almost always result from a trauma and can cause significant damage to the shoulder joint. What is a Shoulder Dislocation? A shoulder dislocation occurs when the humerus (upper arm bone) slides out of place from it’s usual location (the glenoid or “cup side”) on the shoulder blade. For the injury to be considered a dislocation the head of the humerus must slide completely off of the glenoid. In some cases people suffer shoulder subluxations which is when the humerus only slides partially off of the glenoid. Three Types of Dislocations Shoulder dislocations come in three varieties and are named for the direction that the humerus bone goes when it slides out of joint. Anterior Dislocations – These are the most common type of shoulder…



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The connection between pregnancy and hip pain on: 2021 Apr 05

Jamie Brims Phyiotherapy Consultant in Pelvic Health Pelvic Floor, Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021   Pregnancy is a remarkable life event that brings all kinds of changes to the human body. Most of these changes are temporary as our bodies grow and shift to accommodate its tiny growing inhabitant. Unfortunately, these natural transitions can be accompanied by discomfort in the low back, pelvis, groin, and hip regions. Hip pain can be common at any stage of pregnancy. It can be aggravated at night while side-sleeping, getting in and out of the car, standing for long periods; or during certain movements like rolling over in bed or going up and down stairs. Many women experience hip pain during pregnancy, and this can be due to several factors: Hormones The body produces a hormone called Relaxin during pregnancy which helps to soften connective tissue (for example ligaments) between the bones and joints in…



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Tips for a better sleep on: 2021 Mar 25

Have you ever woken up with a kink in your neck or back? Sleeping in poor alignment could be the reason of this discomfort. How to wake up rested, relaxed, and pain free?     Check out this infographic with tips to help keep your spine healthy and your muscles relaxed while you sleep.   If you continue to experience any pain, contact a healthcare professional.   pt Health - North Brampton (cylex-canada.ca)    



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What is Obesity? on: 2021 Mar 17

                                                                             What is Obesity? Obesity is a health issue that many people struggle to overcome. And you probably know it is much more than just a cosmetic issue. Carrying around excess body weight brings a lot of health risks such as stroke and heart disease.So what exactly is obesity? Generally, a person is classified as obese when their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher.BMI is not a perfect measurement since it doesn’t take into account how much of your weight is body fat and how much is muscle. However, it does provide a good estimate to start with when it comes to weight management. What Causes Obesity? As you might expect, the main contributors…



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How to deal with chronic pains on: 2021 Mar 16

  How to deal with chronic pains  Posted by New Hope Physio  On 12 Sep 2017  Physiotherapy   Chronic pain - Any pain which last for more than twelve weeks is known as chronic pain.It may be due to injury or illness or no clear cause. Chronic pain clinic Brampton helps in managing the flexibility, strength, stamina of a person. Familiar causes of chronic pain: - Past injuries or surgeries Arthritis Chronic headaches and conditions like migraine Infections Nerve damage Fibromyalgia Symptoms of chronic pain - Dull pain Throbbing Shooting Stinging Stiffness Soreness Burning Squeezing Associated symptoms which a person can feel - Restlessness Tired or fatigue Weakness or lack of energy Mood swings Irritable Sleeplessness Treatment: - Medication Acupuncture Electrical stimulation Nerve block Self-management of pain Physiotherapy Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy in Brampton is also involves IFT inferential current therapy-This therapy is used to treat issues of pain, spasm and inflammation by mean of interferential current therapy. In this…



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How Spinal Decompression Therapy Helps Neck & Back Pain on: 2021 Mar 15

Back and neck pain are the number one leading cause of disability in people under 45, and the third leading cause of disability in people over 45. Almost all of us will suffer from back or neck pain at some point in our lives.   Spinal Decompression Directly Affects The Neck & Back Spinal traction will directly affect the structures of the neck and back. When looking at the anatomy of the spine, we can see that it is composed of a number of bones stacked on top of each other. These bones are separated and cushioned by a gel-like material called intravertebral discs. Over time, repetitive movement of the spine or prolonged poor posture will often cause or accelerate degeneration of spinal joints or wear and tear of the intravertebral discs. The prolonged loading of the discs is a common cause of back and neck pain. What Diagnosis Spinal…



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Acute Wry Neck on: 2021 Mar 03

Written by Natasha Chan   Have you ever had a patient who’s woken up one morning and their neck is sore and feels like it’s stuck in one position? There’s a chance they might be suffering from acute wry neck. Wry neck, also referred to as torticollis, is a very common condition which can be quite debilitating as it can cause severe pain with the smallest neck movements. Approximately 70% of the population experiences an episode of neck pain at some point in their lives. Anyone can get a wry neck, but it typically occurs in young people between 12 and 30 years of age. It can be very worrisome for patients as they quickly realize it is difficult to carry out their daily routine/activities when they have a lack of range of motion within their neck. The good news is that acute wry neck can be successfully treated in a…



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What Physios Should Know About Strength & Conditioning on: 2021 Mar 03

    Written by Elliot Taylor   As a strength and conditioning coach I have had experience working in a range of different environments, from working with general population doing personal training, to long term athletic development strength and conditioning with high school athletes, and now with professional rugby league athletes at the Parramatta Eels. In all these environments one thing holds true – almost all athletes will at some point suffer an injury. What has been a massive learning curve for me is seeing the gap in knowledge about strength and conditioning that most physios have (and also that strength and conditioning coaches have with rehab!). Far too often I see physios amazing at the diagnosis and acute phase of an injury, but the waters quickly turn murky when we look to get athletes returning to training and full performance. I think physios would be far better equipped to work…



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Best way to Improve your Posture on: 2021 Feb 26

 Best way to Improve your Posture             To improve posture, it is important to understand why posture is crucial for activities of daily living. Poor posture increases the risk of strains and pain, and causes weakness in muscles. To improve posture, change positions frequently, wear supportive shoes, and keep your head erect. While standing, some tips for proper posture include standing close to the work station, placing one foot on a step-stool, and keeping your stomach flat, with a natural arch in your lower back. While sitting, refrain from elevating the shoulders, keep your head erect, and keep your feet flat on the floor with your knees in line with your hips. To practice improving your posture, stand with your back against the wall, keeping your palms facing forward. Ensure to keep your knees soft and contract your abdominal muscles to keep a neutral spine. Also remember to relax the…



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Osteoporosis: How Physiotherapy Can Help! on: 2021 Feb 22

              Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to an increased risk of fracture.  We often think of our bones as solid structures, but the fact is, our bones have a rich blood supply and cells called osteoclasts are constantly breaking down and reabsorbing old bone while osteoblasts are creating new bone. In osteoporosis there is an interruption in the balance of this activity and more bone is broken down than created. As a result, the bones become more porous with a “honeycomb” like structure.  There are no “symptoms” of osteoporosis in that low bone density itself does not cause any pain. An individual often does not even know they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder. How Physiotherapists…



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Customised Physiotherapy Treatment that will help you restore your Strength, Mobility and Function on: 2021 Feb 18

    At Therapia, our approach to therapy is designed to be as specific and sympathetic as possible. Our team of Physiotherapists, Therapists and support staff take a holistic approach to identify the source of your limitation or pain, and deliver a solution which works with you as well as for you. We don´t just target problem areas; we take your whole body into account when making a diagnosis. Our mission is to restore or maintain your strength, mobility and function. We do this by developing a customised treatment program where we can work with you to restore as much of your function and capabilities as possible. We use a dynamic approach, combining functional exercise and hands-on manual techniques. Our methods are backed by advanced clinical research and we strive to provide long-term solutions targeting and treating your problem area. Methods we utilise in our practice Some of the methods we may…



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Lateral epicondylalgia – treatment considerations on: 2021 Feb 18

            Written by Sian Smale   Welcome back to part two of the lateral epicondylalgia series. Part 1 covered assessment and clinical anatomy and in this section we are going to focus on treatment considerations and commonly used manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. From an evidence-based practice perspective, Bisset & Vicenzino published a paper in 2015 which summaries over 200 clinical trials on this topic and is well worth reading. The research is littered with various treatments such as friction massage, ultrasound, laser, acupuncture, manual therapy and exercise. There are two main treatments I would like to review in this blog, manual therapy and exercise. For a more comprehensive overview of treatment Vicenzino’s 2003 masterclass is a brilliant read. “There is no universally accepted treatment for all patients presenting with LET” (Coombes, Bisset & Vicenzino., 2015, p. 941). But the good news is that despite this, “conservative management is…



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7 Essential Leg Stretches for Everyone (Especially Runners) on: 2021 Feb 10

by Therapia Team | Dec 1, 2020 | Exercise, Flexibility, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy in Adelaide, Pilates, Sports, Strength, Wellbeing |     Why leg stretches are important:  If we use runners (or walkers, or anyone who plays sport!) as an example, we know that certain leg muscles (in particular) are repetitively contracted which means they are consistently in a SHORTENED position. Over time these muscles ADAPT to being in this shortened position which causes areas of tension and imbalance.  As physios, we know that whenever there is imbalance in the body, there are areas of reduced loading and areas of INCREASED loading – which can lead to injury. Common areas that excess loading may be “stored” include the plantar fascia, shins, knees, kneecaps, hips and back.  In order to keep the body tuned and keeping moving for the long, LONG term, a balance in your muscles’ length is vital. This  program has been specifically designed to target the major muscle groups involved in…



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UNDERSTANDING DIZZINESS: THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM on: 2021 Feb 09

 ZILI DECEMBER 7, 2017 DIZZINESS,  VESTIBULAR SYSTEM Many of us have experienced dizziness sometime in our lives. Studies have shown that about 7% of the general population live with frequent dizziness. There are several mechanisms that may cause dizziness: cardiovascular problems; peripheral vestibular problems; and central nervous system problems. This article discusses in more depth the vestibular system. This system provides feedback to the body about one’s position and acceleration in space, as well as playing an important role in stabilizing our vision. The vestibular system is comprised of three main components: a sensory input, the brain, and a motor output. Sensory inputs include one’s eyes (visual input), muscles (proprioceptive input) and the inner ear (vestibular input). Signals from these systems travel up to the brain, where they are processed by the balance and movement centers of the mind: the cerebellum and the Vestibular Nuclear Complex. The brain then sends signals to the…



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Is it Safe to Squat Deep? on: 2021 Feb 03

  Written by Timothy Rowland   There aren’t many topics that divide physios more than squat depth and it’s relationship with injury. In this post I want to present an evidence-based perspective on this topic for you. I’ve decided to split it up by looking into the effect of squat depth on the areas of the body that people commonly complain about during squats. KNEE Squatting past 90 degrees is bad for your knees right?? For the large majority of people, this is completely false. Forces on the ACL actually peak at partial squat depths and then reduce as squat depth increases and compressive forces increase to reduce shear force on the ACL. But what about the meniscus and the patellofemoral joint (joint between your knee cap and your femur)? While compressive forces on the meniscus and PFJ increase as depth increases, if you don’t have any prior injury to these…



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Prolonged Sitting and its Effects on our Health: on: 2021 Feb 02

  Prolonged Sitting and its Effects on our Health: There has been an increase in the amount of articles being written about the negative effects of prolonged sitting. These effects include increases in cardiovascular risk, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, increases in depression, and early death just to name a few. In some instances, the articles give off the impression that sitting for long periods of time actually undoes the effects of exercise one may partake in. It is important to understand the problem from all aspects, consider what is meant by “sitting,” and how to balance physical inactivity and physical activity to help reduce negative health effects. Is sitting really the issue here? It appears that sitting for long periods of time has been connected to almost all health care issues when that may not actually be the case. It is important to note that typical news articles…



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What you need to know if you have been in a Car Accident on: 2021 Jan 27

Whether you were a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian in a car accident, or a witness to one, you are eligible for assistance via the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule under the Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy. Some coverage is even available to the immediate family of the injured victim without them even having been involved in the incident themselves. Have I been in an “accident” as defined by the policy? As long as the ordinary (and not in any way illegal or improper) use or operation of a motor vehicle is the root cause of why you have become injured, you are likely eligible for assistance under the Accident Benefits (Section B) portion of your Ontario Automobile Insurance Policy. Should you hurt yourself while filling your vehicle with gas, scraping off the ice or even attaching a trailer to it, you are just as eligible for help as if you had been…



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Cupping For Back Pain on: 2021 Jan 26

    Cupping: My Secret Weapon to Relieve Back Pain Quickly By Dr. Tamar, Naturopathic Doctor   I often see men in my practice seeking solutions to their nagging back pain. Typically, these are Dads who have desk jobs by day, but on evenings and weekends take on physical tasks they haven’t necessarily prepared their bodies for, leaving them with injuries and muscle strains. Or, sitting at a desk all day, in a stressful environment, has left them with headaches and chronic back pain. In each of these cases, much of their pain has a muscular component to it, which can be efficiently addressed with a combination of cupping and acupuncture.I have always used acupuncture for back pain in my practice, but the day I purchased a set of silicone cups and started to use them, I was able to help with pain management to a whole new level. I…



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Plantar Heel Pain: How you treat it may not be evidence based on: 2021 Jan 22

  Simon Bartold  Sports podiatrist  Adelaide, South Australia Plantar heel pain (PHP) is by far the most common condition presenting to podiatrists and physios, so much so that many are now calling it an “epidemic”. Well, enough with the catastophising, and I am not about to delve into the numbers because you have heard it all before. But, everyone of us has our favorite way to treat PHP, and we swear by its efficacy, “I use X and it works for me” or “I use Y and ALL my cases get better”. The problem is, there is a very fair chance that the treatment you use to bring relief to that patient with the sore heel, probably has no evidence base at all and probably is no better than placebo. In fact, the amount of folklore, opinion and witchcraft associated with this most troubling of conditions is frankly staggering. This is…



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Pandemic Fatigue? How to Endure this Long, Dark Winter on: 2021 Jan 21

Posted byDr. Scott Wilson| 01-12-2020   As Canada pushes through this second wave of COVID-19, many of us may be feeling the psychological toll of this relentless pandemic. So much so that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has been investing in a number of support programs to protect our mental health. And PSYCHOLOGISTS have long been warning about the effects this winter could have on what has already been a tough year for many Canadians. Mental stress can often impact our physical bodies. Anxiety over relationships and job insecurity, for example, can cause muscle fatigue and chronic pain. That’s why our physical health must be addressed at the same time. So here are some tips and reminders to help you endure this pandemic during the long, winter months ahead. Interact with nature Even if your region is under lockdown, that doesn’t mean the beauty of nature is out of reach. In fact, getting some fresh air…



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How Physiotherapy Can Quickly Heal your Sports Injury? on: 2021 Jan 19

  The only possible outcome of being a sports player is the injuries associated with it. And having a sports injury is just not a physical one, but leaves an emotional breakup too as in severe cases, the person might never be able to continue his favorite sport. So, it directly affects the mental health of a person and it becomes very important to recover the sports injury properly and from the right place. Out of all the injuries, the most common sports injuries include- knee injuries, tennis elbow, dislocations, muscle strain, shin splints, and a strained hamstring. Physiotherapy: A safer option for healing sports injury While looking for the best alternative to recover your sports injury, nothing can be better than going for physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is a safe therapeutic treatment can help the sports players get back to the field quickly while healing the injury thoroughly and attain optimal…



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Can Physiotherapy Help Reduce Shoulder Pain? on: 2021 Jan 18

Most of us don’t realize quite how much we move our shoulders until we injure one or both of them—suddenly, even the smallest movements are excruciating. However you may have been injured, physiotherapy can help reduce your shoulder pain by stretching and strengthening your muscles. Shoulder pain can present as sharp intermittent pain, but when left unaddressed, it can become a dull, chronic ache that extends all the way down your arms. Seeing a physiotherapist is the best way to help your shoulders heal in a safe way.   A physiotherapist uses massage, stretching, and other manual therapies for pain management and prevention. They often assist patients suffering from widespread pain and mobility issues due to sports injuries. But physiotherapists treat patients with many health conditions, from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Physiotherapists are trained to identify the type of manual therapies needed for optimal pain relief.   Physiotherapy can help some…



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Common Feet Problems During Pregnancy & Their Treatment on: 2021 Jan 12

August 6, 2019byPhysioBramalea-wpadmin Feet problem are among the common situations that pregnant women face usually. But, no one takes this issue seriously as this is obvious. During this stage, your feet size can change, and you have to find larger size footwear to maintain comfort. The good thing is there are several things that you can use to treat your swollen feet. Following are the causes, treatment and preventive tips for managing your feet problems during pregnancy. Feet Problems During Pregnancy Swollen & Painful Feet are caused by putting extra pressure on feet and fluid builds up. It is advisable to get off your feet and raise your legs. In addition to this, be habitual to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t cross your legs as this can impact the circulation and cause other problems. Arch Pain is also a result of extra weight that leads to flattening of the arch of your foot.…



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How does Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine help with Seasonal Allergies? on: 2020 Dec 22

  Most of the time allergens can be predictable. One of the best ways to decrease our allergic reactions is by lowering the irritability of the body. The way to decrease this is by reducing acid wastes that underlie the over-defense state re-quired for allergies to happen. The most common times for allergen sensitivity to occur is in the early spring or early fall. By lowering the irritability in the body from allergens we are removing excess acidity and increase natural cleansing of the body. This can be achieved by drinking a cup of anti-acid tea following breakfast each day as well as consuming digestive. This will bring balance to the digestive system and decrease the sensitivity to stress and diet based allergies. Tom Kiroplis sells cooling teas that are very efficient for seasonal allergies. An Acid-Reducing Diet: If you are experiencing long term allergies, a diet containing steamed green…



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TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINTS (TMJ) & DISORDERS on: 2020 Dec 21

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is an entire classification of disorders involving the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ). The TMJs are essentially the jaw joints. There are found on each side of your head just in front of your ear canals. Like many other joints in the body, they consist of: Muscles that power joint movement, Ligaments that hold the bones together, Cartilage that provides a smooth surface for the bones to move on, A disc that facilitates proper movement of the bones, Elastic tissue that holds the disc in place. When not in alignment, one or more of the above tissues can cause symptoms or pain. In fact, studies suggest that almost one third of everyone at some point experiences TMJ symptoms such as pain with chewing, yawning, or jaw opening. Women seem to have higher incidents of TMJ problems than men and it is estimated that 3-6% of the population would benefit…



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Acupuncture As a Treatment for Frozen Shoulder on: 2020 Dec 15

        If you have ever experienced the painful, disabling condition in your shoulder known as ‘frozen shoulder’, then you understand how important it is to find a remedy as quickly as possible. With severe shoulder pain, stiffness and the inability to rotate your shoulder, it can certainly interfere with your daily routine. From working to sleeping and everything in-between, frozen shoulder can definitely be considered a serious condition for those affected by it. However, many people do not know that acupuncture can be one of the most effective treatments for frozen shoulder. By activating the muscles and joints in the area using the Empirical Points, it can greatly reduce inflammation in the shoulder region.     What is Frozen Shoulder? Named adhesive capsulitis, the symptoms of frozen shoulder are widely known, there is not a true medical definition of the actual cause. Symptoms of frozen shoulder include…



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Elderly Falls Prevention on: 2020 Dec 14

Elderly Falls Prevention Elderly Falls prevention is a huge societal issue. It affects many aspects of society including health care spending and caregiver stress.  As a result injuries and effects from a fall can be very serious, both for the patient and the family involved.   Characteristics of the elderly Population There are some who have been able to maintain their mobility and strength and continue to stay healthy and active. Then there are those who are struggling with their day to day activities due to weakness and frailty.   There are also those who fall somewhere in between.  Those individuals who are either at their most frail or heading towards that level of function are at most risk of falling.   It is important to describe why the elderly are more at risk of falling than the general population. Elderly Falls prevention is extremely important for all of these…



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Youth Physiotherapy: More Than Just Injury Rehabilitation on: 2020 Dec 10

There’s a common perception that physiotherapy is something that you do when you’re hurt and want to heal. This is especially the case among younger people, as most youths do not experience the nagging aches and pains that come with a long life full of adventures, injuries, bumps, and bruises. This perception is changing, albeit slowly, and we think that’s a positive thing. Physiotherapy is as much about injury prevention as it is about rehabilitation. Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is for permission”? Well, this may be true in some areas (not that we encourage it), but when it comes to our bodies, asking for permission is always the better way to go. What do we mean by “asking for permission”? Well, for starters, incorporating stretching, physiotherapy, massage, and other types of therapy traditionally associated with rehabilitation into a preventative regimen…



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Your feet may be causing your lower back pain on: 2020 Dec 08

Can’t seem to find an answer as to why your back is aching? The answer might lie right below you … your feet. It’s easy to assume aches in pains in our backs are originating from where you are actually feeling it. So if your back hurts, it must be coming from an issue within your back, right? This is not necessarily the case. Everything in our bodies is connected through tissue and our nervous system.   How are my feet inter-connected to my back and why does this cause me pain? Your body has three main shock absorbers: your feet, your knees and your spine. The shock of walking, running, jumping etc. is first felt by your feet. If your feet can’t handle the shock, it passes the impact absorption to your knees. When your knees are ill-equipped to handle the shock it passes the absorption to the last…



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How Chiropractic Can Help Manage Stress on: 2020 Dec 08

2020 has certainly been a year of added stress. It’s normal to deal with some stress, but it’s also something that requires attention. Today is National Stress Awareness Day, so it’s the perfect time to learn about our favorite stress management technique – chiropractic care. Here’s how chiropractic may be able to help you manage stress.  Physical Effects of Stress Stress can manifest physically in many ways. Sleep loss, headaches, stomach upset, chest pain, and muscle tension can all be brought on by stress. One organ that is particularly affected by stress is your heart. Your heart rate is one way to determine how much stress your body is under and how healthy your nervous system is, specifically your heart rate variability. You’ve probably heard of the fight or flight response before. Well, your heart rate variability is the balance between that response of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.…



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FIVE COMMON SPORTS INJURIES on: 2020 Dec 07

December 2, 2020   Injuries of any kind should be taken seriously. Athletes require physiotherapy for sports injuries because the pain rarely goes away on its own. Some level of sports injury rehab is necessary, whether it’s ice and rest or intensive healing regimens prescribed by a physiotherapist. Here are some of the most common sports injuries and why you should consult a physiotherapist in Brampton:   Strained hip flexor: This injury occurs when the athlete pulls a muscle in the upper thigh. Many sports can lead to a strained hip flexor, especially those involving quick starts like running and football. As with most injuries, the athlete will recognize a strained hip flexor when pain and bruising are present. Immediate treatment should incorporate rest and 20 minutes of ice. If symptoms persist after a couple weeks, more intense sports injury rehab will be necessary.   Sciatica: Golfers, cyclists and tennis players are…



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FOOT DROP on: 2020 Dec 04

  Foot Drop Diagnosis and Treatment   What is Drop Foot? Our peripheral nervous system has a sensory and a motor component. The sensory nerves help us feel things. When these nerves get injured, patients often describe symptoms of numbness, tingling, pins and needles. When a motor nerve gets affected, we see a deficit in function. Drop foot is a term that is often used when a person has difficulty lifting the ankle toward the shin (dorsiflexion), usually caused by damage to the motor nerve. As a practitioner, the challenge is determining where the irritation or entrapment of the nerve is occurring. If you think of it logically, nerves leave the spinal cord and course through and between structures to get to the muscle they innervate. The L5 spinal level is where the motor nerves responsible for dorsiflexion leave the spine. These nerves can be entrapped immediately as they leave…



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Vertigo Treatment on: 2020 Dec 04

Is your world spinning? Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness, as though the room/environment is spinning in circles around the person. It is a symptom and can be caused by various conditions involving the brain (central) or inner ear (peripheral). Alongside headache, dizziness and vertigo is one of the most common symptoms presented to doctors, with a lifetime prevalence of around 20% to 30%. The term dizziness can take on many meanings to different people, so it is important we take a thorough history to ensure that it is vertigo you’re experiencing and not other forms of dizziness such as lightheaded, foggy/faint. These may indicate other issues for example, blood pressure, heart/vascular issues and neck tension/headaches. Once we have determined it is in fact vertigo, a thorough subjective and objective assessment will help us to determine the cause of your vertigo and whether physiotherapy treatment is appropriate. How do…



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5 COOL BENEFITS TO PHYSIOTHERAPY on: 2020 Dec 02

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapy is a science based profession and takes a ‘whole person ‘ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is patient involvement in his/her own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. The treatment administered by physiotherapists varies and can range from exercise, manual therapy, stretching, soft tissue massage and release, acupuncture along with other therapeutic treatment options. Here are 5 key benefits of Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy helps manage pain Physiotherapists often see patients who experience acute pain due to injury. They not only treat the painful areas but also look for the source of the pain. They also look for areas of stiffness or weakness that may be adding stress to certain structures that are causing pain. Physiotherapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation,…



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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome on: 2020 Nov 30

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a broad term used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap. It is sometimes called "runner's knee" or "jumper's knee" because it is common in people who participate in sports—particularly females and young adults—but PFPS can occur in nonathletes, as well. The pain and stiffness caused by PFPS can make it difficult to climb stairs, kneel down, and perform other everyday activities. Many things may contribute to the development of PFPS. Problems with the alignment of the kneecap and overuse from vigorous athletics or training are often significant factors. Symptoms are often relieved with conservative treatment, such as changes in activity levels or a therapeutic exercise program.   Description Patellofemoral pain syndrome occurs when nerves sense pain in the soft tissues and bone around the kneecap. These soft tissues include the tendons, the fat pad beneath the…



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Top Strategies to Eliminate Your Recurrent Neck Pain on: 2020 Nov 27

By Adam Brown - Physiotherapist and Founder and Advisor to Therapia Posted on January 9, 2019   You wake up one morning and notice your neck feels a little stiff. You make some seemingly minor movement like brushing your hair or reaching up to apply shampoo and you are struck with disabling neck pain. The first thing you think is “not again….I don’t have time for this”. If this sounds familiar, then this article is for you. The best way to prevent episodes of neck pain is to make simple changes when your neck is feeling good. These simple tips can help to decrease the number and intensity of painful episodes. Your mom was right. Posture matters. Look over at your colleagues when they have been working on a computer for over an hour and it will be no mystery why neck pain has become a problem for so many people. Our bodies evolved…



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A Few Things I Do To Prevent Low Back Pain on: 2020 Nov 26

  April 27, 2020|Low Back Pain, Physiotherapy These days, I find that I’m sitting more than usual.  It may be due to working from home (I can finally work from home as a Physio with Virtual Care), Zoom chats, video games or watching Tiger King on Netflix.  I’m not always in an ideal sitting position for these activities either.   These are just a few things that I do daily to help me deal with some of the aches and pains we all tend to get in the low back.    Don’t Sit for Too Long First of all, to manage the low back tightness, I try to not to stay in a sitting position for longer than 40 minutes.  I understand that this doesn’t always work when you’re “in the zone” getting work done, in the middle of a documentary or Netflix series binge watch, but it helps to stand and…



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How Nutrition Affects Prostate Cancer on: 2020 Nov 25

                          Written by:  CASEY ANDREWS, PT, DPT, OCS   We want to restore good pelvic floor function… …part of that is nutrition. The goal of pelvic floor physical therapy is to help our patients restore good pelvic floor function in order to improve continence, decrease urinary frequency and urgency, reduce pain, and/or improve sexual function, just to name a few things! These are all symptoms that can affect men who are undergoing or have completed treatment for prostate cancer. Though my area of expertise lies in the realm of the musculoskeletal system and movement, it is important to understand how other important aspects of health and wellness contributes to healing and function. This is where nutrition comes in! There is a good amount of research being done to determine how dietary choices impact prostate cancer cell growth. Though further research is…



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Physiotherapy as an alternative to pain management: on: 2020 Nov 24

  By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia Posted on June 15, 2016   Both the US and Canada are afflicted by the growing prevalence of patient dependence and abuse of analgesic and narcotics. Healthcare providers are caught between addressing their patients pain concerns and balancing medication overuse. Patient use the medication for analgesia and sedation, but the same benefits are used by abusers to get high or relieve anxiety. In 2013 and 2014 the National Survey on Drug use and Health reported 50.5% of people who used pain killers, received it from a family or friend and not their doctor. Repeated use of narcotics results in dependence, requiring more of the same medication for the same original effect, medically termed as tolerance. As a result we have seen a dramatic increase in black market sales, estimated at 25 billion. It goes without saying that opioid abuse is a big enough…



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Pelvic Floor Problems And Incontinence - Physio Can Help on: 2020 Nov 23

How Do I Know I Have A Pelvic Floor Problem? Do you recognise - Needing to go to the toilet in a hurry or not making it in time Feeling you constantly need to go to the toilet Losing control of your bladder accidentally A prolapse-in women felt as a bulge in the vagina, feeling dragging, dropping, discomfort or heaviness Painful sex or pain in the pelvic area How Do Problems Of The Pelvic Floor Occur? The Pelvic floor muscles may be too weak , stretched or too tight. In some people this can occur from an early age while others develop problems later with: Pregnancy, childbirth and with menopause Pelvic floor fitness is affected by a history of low back pain and poor posture Heavy lifting at work and in the gym A chronic cough/sneeze linked to asthma smoking and hayfever. A previous injury to the pelvic region eg…



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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy on: 2020 Nov 18

Lymphatic Drainage: (LDT)    (LDT) is a hands-on technique which enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction and depth and is designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. A properly functioning lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. Lymph vessels rely on hundreds of tiny muscles (Lymphangions) contracting within the lymph vessels to propel lymph flow.  These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport substances such as proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells to our lymph nodes which then process them. Lymph flow can be hindered or stopped due to surgery, trauma, burns, infections, substantial swelling, fatigue, stress or age. LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow to provide more precise out-comes.     Some benefits of…



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What Can Physiotherapy Treat? on: 2020 Nov 17

  By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia Posted on August 2, 2016   Physical therapists are experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal impairments. A fancy way of saying that physiotherapists are the people to help you with issues involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, nerves, and bone. However you may be unsure whether the specific injury you have is one that physios typically treat.   Here is a list of the most common conditions that are successfully treated with physiotherapy.   • Back Pain and Sciatica • Neck Pain • Disc-related conditions including Degenerative Disc Disease • Shoulder Impingement • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) • Headaches • Tendonitis and tendon tears • Bursitis • Sprains and Strains • Joint Dislocation and/or Joint Instability • Various forms of Arthritis including Osteoarthritis • Spondylitis, Spondylosis, Spondylolisthesis • Following Joint Surgery to repair meniscus, tendons, ligaments (e.g. ACL) •…



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A naturopathic perspective on Canada's new Food Guide on: 2020 Nov 16

Hooray for positive change! Canada’s new food guide is a huge step in the right direction. Shockingly, in our fairly health-seeking society, the national food guide has not been updated in over ten years! While I don’t agree with everything in the updated guide, the positives far outweigh the negatives. HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THE UPDATED CANADA FOOD GUIDE: THE PLATE The headlining plate image is more visually appealing and easier to understand than the old rainbow image. I love the emphasis on vegetables and fruits taking up half the plate. These foods are incredibly nutrient-rich, simple to prepare, and typically very affordable.   Water is also emphasized as the “drink of choice.” Adequate hydration is required for EVERY process in the body. Getting your 2-3L/day is possibly the simplest change you can make to see huge changes in your health and wellbeing. Drinking more water also means drinking…



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Heat or Ice? Which should I use for pain relief? on: 2020 Nov 13

By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia , Posted on February 4, 2019   Applying heat or ice to a painful injury or condition is one of the oldest, most common and easiest ways to treat your own injury. But the discussion over which to use can be contentious. The reality is that both of these treatments are generally safe so even if you choose the wrong one, it is unlikely you will make your problem a great deal worse. That being said there are a few guidelines to help you to make the best decision possible. When do I use ice? Use ice when the following conditions are true. The problem is relatively superficial (close to the surface of your body) Your body is very good at maintaining your core temperature at an optimal level so the cooling effect of applying ice to your skin does not penetrate very far. With this…



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TREATMENT AFTER CAR ACCIDENTS on: 2020 Nov 10

PHYSIO FOR CAR ACCIDENTS   May 14 | 2019 Posted by Sharon Tierney Treatment after Car Accidents Car accidents are events that no one wants to be in.  Unfortunately, traffic, weather conditions and bad driving result in hundreds of car accidents. These accidents occur daily, such as in Mississauga and Etobicoke.  These accidents can range from minor to horrible accidents. As a result, these terrible accidents can cause serious injuries. Thankfully, many of the accidents have few long lasting effects on your health.  However, any accident can really affect your life. Physio for car accidents can help restore your health. Role of your Car Insurance There many things you need to do after a car accident. Firstly, you will need to tell your car insurance about the accident. Secondly, you will need to deal with the damages of the vehicle. Above all, you need to recover from your injuries.  It is important to…



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WHAT IS EXACTLY SCITAICA? on: 2020 Nov 05

WHAT IS EXACTLY SCITAICA?     By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia Posted on July 11, 2019   Sciatica is brutal. It is one of the most common conditions that we see as Physiotherapists and it has the potential to cause pain that will stop you in your tracks. The good news is that Sciatica is not dangerous and does not generally lead to any serious or life-threatening pathology. But that does not mean that it can not do a fair bit of damage to your life, making it impossible to move around or do your job effectively. Physiotherapy is the first line of defence for treating and ultimately eliminating sciatica. If you are suffering from this condition, find yourself an experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist as soon as possible. Below are some of the ways that they will help to eliminate your leg pain. Sciatica is not really a specific diagnosis. Rather…



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POST-HIP SURGERY PHYSIOTHERAPY on: 2020 Nov 02

PHYSIOTHERAPY AFTER HIP IMPINGEMENT SURGERY   By Jas Chahal - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon and Founder, Therapia Posted on May 22, 2019   Physiotherapy after hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI or hip impingement) is something that many patients and physiotherapists do not have familiarity with. If you are undergoing this procedure, here are several pearls that will help you progress smoothly and achieve your rehab milestones while also minimizing the risks of any flare-ups or complications. In the first 2 weeks, the main goal is to protect the hip joint and avoid irritation. In particular, it’s important to avoid hip flexor tendonitis, muscular irritation, and anterior capsular pain/pinching. A few tactics to do so include: Assisting the operative leg by a family member or using the nonoperative limb, avoiding sitting for more than 30 minutes and lying prone for 2-3 hours a day. Avoiding hip flexion more than 90 degrees, internal/external rotation more…



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What Are the Health Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage? on: 2020 Oct 29

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — Written by Annette McDermott — Updated on September 29, 2018   What happens during a hot stone massage? A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees. The stones may be placed: along your spine on your stomach on your chest on your face on your palms on your feet and toes Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as: long strokes circular…



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How Massage Therapy Can Help Stress on: 2020 Oct 29

  How Massage Therapy Can Help Stress   We’ve talked about the benefits of massage therapy many times—for mind, body and soul. But there’s no denying the power of massage for reducing stress.  Stress manifests itself physically in a number of ways: tight shoulders, stiff necks and aching backs. When we are constantly stressed, our bodies react by tightening muscles.  Stress can cause you to clench your jaw or grind your teeth and these things lead to headaches.  It can also lead to poor sleeping patterns. Sleep is essential to restoring our bodies’ balance and feeling energized, so when we are robbed of this, it can create a vicious cycle. We’ve talked about a few remedies and how to deal with stress, but today we’re focusing on massage. Here are just a few ways massage therapy is proven to help stress: Releases muscle tension. Improves circulation for more optimal body…



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TMJ pain on: 2020 Oct 27

Suffering from TMJ? Chiropractic care can help. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or lockjaw is often thought to be chronic with few treatment options other than pain medications or surgery. TMJ is usually temporary and often caused by simple triggers like sleeping in the wrong position, dentist office visits, or symptoms of stress. TMJ can be caused by teeth grinding which can seem chronic but mostly because the cause is habitual. Many are surprised to discover than chiropractors treat TMJ on a regular basis. What Is TMJ? “Temporomandibular” refers to the temporal bones (lower lateral walls of the skull) and mandible (jaw) bones. These two sets of bones are connected at the joint by cartilage and soft tissues that act as a hinge that allows the jaw to open and close. TMJ is the name of this joint, which everyone has, but is often used to describe the pain and other issues…



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A Sprained Ankle, a Twisted Ankle, and a Rolled Ankle: What is the Difference? How do I treat it? on: 2020 Oct 26

A Sprained Ankle, a Twisted Ankle, and a Rolled Ankle: What is the Difference? How do I treat it? Early this summer my mom and I were walking through our yard to water the flowers. It was a beautiful, sunny morning with a cool breeze. I was having a conversation with my mom with my back to her while I was looking at one of our bushes. The next thing I know, I turn around and my mom is sprawled out on the ground. She had stepped into a hole in the yard and twisted her ankle. It immediately swelled and was painful when she walked. I helped her get inside where we applied an ice pack. I’m sure that almost everyone has a story at least somewhat similar to this. A sprained ankle is one of the easiest and most commonly occurring injuries to get. What is the Difference…



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What is Tennis Elbow? on: 2020 Oct 22

TENNIS ELBOW   WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW AND HOW TO FIX IT?   BY BARBARA WARD, BScPT, BPE, Certified GUNN IMS Practioner, Spinal Manipulation, FCAMT on Joint Pain…. June 13, 2020   How Do I Know if I Have Tennis Elbow? Typical symptoms of Tennis Elbow (lateral elbow tendinopathy) are: Tenderness when you press on the outside bony part of your elbow Pain when you use the muscles that move the wrist, index and middle fingers in an extension motion. Pain with gripping an object‍ What Causes Tennis Elbow? Tendon break down can be the result of overuse, underuse, and excessive forces that leave the tendon in a weakened state. ‍ What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow is a condition where the tendons that attach to the outside of your elbow become sore and make the elbow and hand difficult to use.  It results in pain on the outside of…



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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? on: 2020 Oct 20

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME Steph Clement Pogonowski, MS, OTR/L, CHT is a Certified Hand Therapist and a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.   Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of the upper extremity that is known as the most common nerve compression to occur in the body. It affects approximately 3% of the population and can cause many debilitating symptoms that affect a person’s daily life. In fact, because of its commonality and significance of symptoms, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of work time lost in the U.S., making this an important diagnosis to understand and be aware of. In an effort to build better awareness of this diagnosis, here are some commonly addressed questions regarding carpal tunnel syndrome.   Q: What is the carpal tunnel? A: The carpal tunnel is an anatomical space that is found where your wrist transitions to your hand.…



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Physiotherapy for neck Pain on: 2020 Oct 14

APRIL 20, 2019 SHARON TIERNEY Physiotherapy for Neck Pain   Neck pain is a common problem for a lot of people.  Physiotherapy for Neck Pain is one of the top 5 reasons why people go for physiotherapy treatment.  People can get neck pain after many different types of activities.  Some of the most reported examples are: Getting a kink in the neck after a bad night’s sleep Feeling pain in the neck and shoulder area after doing some heavy lifting at home or at the gym Feeling pain in the neck when using the computer for long periods of time Feeling pain in the neck after an accident, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident Signs and Symptoms There are many obvious signs and symptoms of a neck injury.  Some of these include: Pain in the neck Restricted movement of the neck Sensations of tightness or stiffness in the neck There…



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Acupuncture for Migraine on: 2020 Sep 08

Science confirms acupuncture prevents migraines   A highly respected and official review of scientific literature to prevent migraines showed acupuncture works slightly better than drugs and is not just a placebo.   Some trials tested acupuncture alone compared to routine care, others tested “fake” or “sham” acupuncture, and some compared acupuncture to the use of drugs taken to prevent migraines. Fake or sham acupuncture treatment in research is usually a non-penetrative procedure done to fool the test subject, or can be acupuncture needles inserted into areas on the body assumed to not have a therapeutic effect.  This is controversial, since we don’t fully understand the mechanism of acupuncture, therefore we don’t fully understand how to make a good “fake” acupuncture system to measure placebo effect and not get some active therapeutic effect too. 1. Adding acupuncture is a valid procedure to include in a symptomatic treatment plan to reduce the…



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Benefits of Pre-natal Massage on: 2020 Sep 08

 KAITLYNN BONIN AUGUST 20, 2020 MASSAGE THERAPY What’s the difference between a regular massage and a prenatal massage? It’s not just that the patient is pregnant. The biggest difference is the modifications that are made to make sure the mother is comfortable and safe. To ensure this, you will most likely not lay on your stomach or back, neither of which is comfortable during pregnancy. Instead, you will lay on your side, and may be offered a pillow for support. Don’t expect a deep tissue massage – this is usually avoided during pregnancy, a long with potential trigger points around your ankles. Rest assured, your massage will be gentle and relaxing, which is exactly what you need as you experience the potential aches and pains of your body changing. Tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women, prenatal massage aims to relax tense and sore muscles, improve circulation, increase mobility, and ease…



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Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis on: 2020 Sep 08

 KAITLYNN BONIN JULY 14, 2020 ARTHRITIS,  PHYSIOTHERAPY Osteoarthritis is a common term, but what exactly is it? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body. It happens when the cushioning cartilage between the joints becomes rough and breaks down, exposing the bone. Without the cartilage between the joints, bones rub agains each other and can begin to grow outward, forming painful bone spurs. Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly and worsens over time, so it’s important to start treatment early to help you stay active, manage the pain and slow progression of the disease (measured in for stages: minor, mild, moderate and severe). Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting one in six Canadians each year. It is estimated that 85% of Canadians over the age of 70 will have osteoarthritis. Causes There is no one cause for osteoarthritis, but factors that include the likelihood of developing…



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