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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…

Baseline Concussion Screening

Resolution of symptoms following concussion is known to be a very poor indicator of brain recovery.  Concussion results in metabolic disturbance, changes in cerebral blood flow and perfusion, and a number of other pathophysiologic processes known as the Neurometabolic Cascade (1,2).  Numerous studies show that prior to full metabolic recovery from a concussion, the brain…

Return to sport after ACL reconstruction.

ACL Surgery and Return to Sport The snow is falling steadily on the local mountains. You are ready for skiing/riding, but are your knees? TORN ACL? At Back in Action Physiotherapy our therapists see a lot of ACL reconstructions post surgery and can help guide you safely back to activity. One of the most frequently…

Hamstring injury : the sports physiotherapist view.

As Sports Physiotherapists in Whistler we see a lot of injuries and muscle sprains. With the winter sports season in full swing with recent powder dumps, we’ll see quite a few hamstring injuries. Hamstrings are often neglected by skiers and snowboarders who focus on the quadriceps strength. Often the quadriceps to hamstring ration is way…

Massage Therapy in Whistler

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft tissue (i.e. muscles and nerves) to alleviate pain, muscle tension, spasm or trigger points while also aiming to improve mobility and promote relaxation. Massage also has a positive effect on the body’s natural healing processes and compliments physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation. Registered massage therapists (RMT) use a…

Ski Helmets: Are they all they can be?

There are many ski/alpine/snowboard helmets to choose from, but the question is: are they all the same or do some stand out in their ability to protect from traumatic head injuries? As mentioned in a previous article “Helmets and Head Injury: Do they work” the common criticisms were discussed regarding ski helmets and that most…

Helmets & Head Injury: Do They Work?

There is no question head injuries are by far the leading cause of serious injury and death in recreational and organized team sports and recently there has been increased attention in the media due to a number of recent serious head injuries in hockey. While helmets are required for playing hockey and biking, as well…

BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)

What is BPPV? BPPV is a condition often characterized by brief attacks of dizziness (approx 30 sec), nausea or vomiting or nystagmus (rapid eye beating) triggered by certain changes in head position such as lying down, turning over in bed, bending over or looking up. The causes of symptoms are due to small calcium crystals…