A retrospective pair-matched follow-up study found that after 20-years, there was no difference in knee osteoarthritis between operative versus nonoperative treatment when treatment was allocated on the basis of a patient’s response to 3 months of physiotherapy.
With more freezing rain in the forecast, I thought it prudent to post some information on how to walk on the ice. At our physiotherapy clinics in Ajax, Whitby and Brooklin, we’ve seen a lot of slip and falls this year resulting in various injuries: arm, shoulder and wrist fractures, knee sprains, meniscal injuries, and aggravation of some pre-existing conditions such as arthritis.
Very often we see people in the clinic with musculoskeletal pain that has been ongoing for weeks, months, and sometimes years. It can take time to get a diagnosis as physicians order imaging, refer to specialists, and prescribe medications. Because of this prolonged time to diagnosis, many people suffering from musculoskeletal pain don’t get to […]
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons for visits to the physiotherapist by individuals over the age of 50. Meniscal tears are also very common among this age group and can occur in people that don’t complain of knee pain. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine challenges the thought that […]
Using our physical therapists’ knowledge we treat the source of your problem. Here’s what a physiotherapist can do for you – proper diagnosis comes first: 1. A big part of the picture is your voice. We need a clear picture of your story, when and why your pain started, how your pain behaves. The more […]
Anyone that works with the public will know that this year has been a particularly brutal one in terms of colds and influenza. With the new year upon us we are trying to lead healthier lives, keep resolutions, and ride the wave of enthusiasm that a new year can bring. Becoming more active, whether that […]
The major objective in training is to cause biologic adaptations in order to improve performance in a specific task. This requires adherence to carefully planned and executed activities. Attention is focused on factors such as frequency and length of workouts, type of training, speed, intensity, duration, and repetition of the activity. To enhance physiologic improvement […]
Epidemiological studies show that 80% of people will experience low back pain in their lifetime; approximately 25% of people report having had pain in the previous 3 months, and up to 80% of individuals with back pain will have pain that recurs.1 Because of this, the amount of research into appropriate care of nonspecific low […]
Patients often ask if there is a relationship between running and osteoarthritis of the hip and knee due to the high impact involved; yet, running is an activity that benefits cardiovascular fitness, mood, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight loss, bone density, etc. Prior studies have linked running to the development of hip and knee arthritis […]
Western medical acupuncture, as it is practiced in Canada by physiotherapists, is a therapeutic modality that uses the insertion of needles. This practice is also known as dry needling or intramuscular stimulation. This acts by directly stimulating the nervous system utilizing the mechanisms of antidromic reflexes, and neuromodulation, amongst other central effects. Its use in […]
Ultrasound helps calcific tendonitis. Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder causes pain that is not activity dependent and often severe. Calcium deposits around the shoulder most commonly develop in the supraspinatus tendon. The condition typically occurs in persons between the age of 30 and 50 but a literature search revealed no data on its incidence or […]
“Burners” or “stingers”are a nerve injury one commonly experiences in contact sports such as hockey and football. 70% of college football players will experience a burner in their 4 year career. 1 These are injuries to the nerves that result from a hit to or a fall on the head, shoulder, or neck. Common symptoms […]
While the evidence is still out on whether heavy backpacks cause back pain in children, it is still something that is being investigated. Anecdotally, there appears to be a relationship between back packs and kids’ lifestyles, other factors, and back pain. A study in 2006 found that the weight of a child’s backpack was directly […]