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Shifting the way we use our benefits: prevention rather than reactive care

There is a new trend in health care: avoiding illness and injury through self-care and preventative maintenance. Over 80% of Canadians have some form of extended health care coverage, but often don’t fully utilize them. Why? There are many reasons, from being too busy to not wanting to waste them now in case we need…

Foot Mechanics And How To Choose Running Shoes

Foot Mechanics & Their Relationship to Running Shoes: How to choose? Advice from sports Physiotherapists. Selecting Running Shoes: Looking from left to right: Far  left is a cushion shoe with curved last (Asics), ideal for supinators. In the middle is a  curved shoe with a  semicurved last (Brooks) more suited to a neutral foot and…

How Icing May Delay Recovery After Injury

Great post about icing Why Ice Delays Recovery When I wrote my best-selling Sportsmedicine Book in 1978, I coined the term RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for the treatment of athletic injuries (Little Brown and Co., page 94). Ice has been a standard treatment for injuries and sore muscles because it helps to relieve pain caused by injured tissue. Coaches have used…

Knee Injury: I’ve torn my meniscus. How Physiotherapy can help.

Torn meniscus. Knee Ostero arthritis (OA) How physiotherapy can help and what to expect. Written by Bianca Matheson Sports Physiotherapist at Back in Action Physiotherapy Whistler. BC “Oh no I’ve torn my meniscus or knee cartilage! What should I do?” Knee injuries are common! No shortage of those in our ski resort town. As sports…

The Case Of Age Related Kyphosis Or ‘Hunchback’

In Whistler where we live; everyone skis and everyone crashes! People get spinal compressions and sometimes compression fractures that they don’t even realize they have. As the years go on spinal curvature or kyphosis (hunch back or hump back)  can develop. Some good news here is that this may be moderated or stopped by active muscle…

Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, physiotherapy

ROTATOR CUFF TEARS: FULL THICKNESS AND PARTIAL THICKNESS, HOW PHYSIO PLAYS A ROLE…   Asymptomatic full thickness rotator cuff tears occur in 4-13 percent of people less than 59 years and 28-51 percent of those between 60-80 (research by Templehof 1999).  This means in a lot of people the rotator cuff can tear fully without…

Visual Motor Rehabilitation

Concussions or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) can cause visual and perceptual deficiencies that make daily tasks more challenging, frustrating, or overwhelming. Our visual motor exam assesses and provides our physiotherapy clincal team with a sense of how a patient’s eyes are functioning, and any deficiencies that need to be addressed. With this information, our team can make recommendations on visual…

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular dysfunction following concussion is often subtle and lacks the classic signs that neurologists and ENT clinicians have come to depend on diagnostically. In concussion, the injury starts at a cellular level, but because this is often wide spread within the brain a number of patterns of dysfunction often exist. It is often an interplay…

Concussion

Concussion is a diagnosis that has been present within the medical body of literature since the time of Hippocrates, however, it really is in the last10-15 years when professional athletes and media attention brought it to the forefront of awareness within Sports Medicine, and other subspecialists who deal with athletes. The science of concussion is…

Misconceptions About Back Pain

A summary of Peter O’Sullivan’s Blog Much of the language used in the media and by well meaning clinicians highlight that current approaches to low back pain (LBP) management are fueling rather than reducing the burden of back pain (Deyo, Mirza et al, 2009). Commonly in clinical practice, back pain is considered from purely and…