Your Plan for Reducing Chronic Pain This Year

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According to the Government of Canada, an estimated 1.5 million Canadians experience chronic pain. Of those 1.5 million individuals, or 1 in 10 Canadians aged 12 to 44, 9 percent are male and 12 percent are female.   Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 90 days. This type of pain can be slight, debilitating, or anything in between. … Read More

Prevent Cardiovascular Disease with Physiotherapy

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, with 90 percent of Canadians having at least one risk factor for the disease (1). Cardiovascular disease includes conditions such as angina, stroke, and heart attack. CVD is caused when “plaque breaks away from the artery wall (and causes) a clot to form which may lodge in an artery, … Read More

Preventing Falls: A 3-Step Guide for Seniors

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20 to 30 percent of Canadian seniors fall each year, meaning falls are the number one cause of injury in older Canadians (1). Falls often lead to hospitalization and surgery. Injuries caused by falls are not only difficult for those who are personally affected; they also cause financial stress for the economy and are emotionally draining for caretakers.  More Than … Read More

3 Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

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‘Spinal stenosis’ refers to a progressive narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) regions. The condition can be painful and limiting. Spinal stenosis is part of the aging process, but it can and should be managed. In some cases, spinal stenosis is congenital (1). Do You Have Spinal Stenosis? Know the Symptoms. Spinal stenosis … Read More

Physiotherapist Explains How to Prevent Falls and Injuries at Work

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Falls are a leading cause of injury and death, particularly in seniors. When it comes to Generation X, Baby Boomers, and even Millennials, injuries often happen at work as a result of too much sitting. Have you ever worried about either of these issues and wondered how to stay injury-free? In an exclusive interview, physiotherapist Brad Ross shared his secrets … Read More

Physiotherapist Rhea Dufort Reveals What Only PTs Know

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“Why should I get physiotherapy?” “How can I prevent injuries this winter?” “What questions should I ask my physiotherapist?” “What questions will my physiotherapist ask me in our first session?” If you’ve ever asked yourself (or the Internet) questions like these about physiotherapy, you are not alone. In your searching, what you’ve probably found is that there is only so … Read More

What to Do If You Have Cervicogenic Headaches

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When was the last time your head hurt? If you are like most people, your answer is “recently.” Headaches, which affect millions of people each year, are the primary reason individuals take over-the-counter pain medications1. They are also the cause of emotional distress since many people cannot figure out what is causing their headaches. Are you in this boat? A … Read More

Lateral Epicondylalgia/Tennis Elbow: How it is Treated

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What is one cause of pain in the boney point at the outside of the elbow? A correct answer is “lateral epicondylalgia,” aka “tennis elbow.” Oddly enough, tennis elbow doesn’t just bother tennis players; in 95 percent of cases, it affects non-athletes. This can be frustrating and confusing to those who have never swung a racquet. They wonder what they’ve … Read More

The Role of Physiotherapy in Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Rehab

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Let’s face it: rehabilitating from total knee replacement can be tough. It is often a long, slow process that offers few rewards in the beginning stages. Physiotherapy plays a key role in total knee replacement (TKR) rehab. In fact, complete recovery from TKR may not be possible without the intervention of physiotherapy. When Does Physiotherapy Start After a TKR? Usually, … Read More

Is Hyperlordosis the Cause of Your Low Back Pain?

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Low back pain. This term brings a host of negative thoughts to mind. Most of us have experienced at least minor low back pain for a short period of time as a result of a sprained or strained muscle. Others deal with chronic low back pain. Physiopedia stated, “The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as … Read More