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Fractured Bone? 5 Things You Should Know

February 21 | 2024
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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Being diagnosed with a fracture can be a challenging experience, but proper care and attention to your recovery can significantly impact the healing process. Here are five important things to do after being diagnosed with a fracture: 1. Follow Medical and Surgical Advice: Types of fractured bones Listen carefully to your healthcare provider’s recommendations and follow their prescribed treatment plan. This may include wearing a cast or brace for a set number of weeks, taking medications as prescribed, and attending scheduled follow-up appointments. Additionally, if you had a surgical repair, your surgeon may have additional instructions for you to follow. Compliance with this advice will ensure that there are minimal interruptions to the healing stage, and any issues can get caught and managed quickly. 2. Rest and Protect the Fractured Area: Give your body the time it needs to heal by resting the affected limb or…

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Reduce Your Risk of Falls with Physiotherapy!

January 22 | 2024
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Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik Falls among the elderly can lead to serious injuries and a reduced quality of life. However, physiotherapy exercises focusing on balance and proprioception can play a significant role in preventing these incidents. In this blog, we will explore the importance of balance and proprioception, and how targeted exercises can help decrease fall incidents. Understanding Balance and Proprioception Balance refers to the ability to maintain an upright posture and stay steady during various activities. Proprioception, on the other hand, is the sense of one’s body position and movement without relying on visual input. These two factors are closely linked and are essential for mobility and preventing falls, especially in older adults. Why Are Falls Common Among the Elderly? As people age, several factors contribute to an increased risk of falls. Notably, these include: Muscle weakness: Firstly, aging leads to a natural loss…

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How to Treat a Frozen Shoulder: Physio 101

January 16 | 2024
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What is Frozen Shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, involves stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is enclosed in a capsule of connective tissue. Then, frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. What does a typical case look like? Often, signs and symptoms begin slowly, and start getting worse. Over a long period of time, symptoms get better, usually within 1 to 3 years. Additionally, having to keep a shoulder still for a long period increases the risk of developing frozen shoulder. For example, this might happen after having surgery or breaking an arm. Treatment involves range-of-motion exercises. Sometimes, treatment involves corticosteroids and numbing medications injected into the joint. Rarely, arthroscopic surgery is needed to loosen the joint capsule so that it can move more freely. It’s unusual for this condition r to reoccur in the…

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Sports Injuries: How Physical Therapy Helps

January 04 | 2024
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Image by Freepik In the athletic world, sports injuries are a common occurrence while participating in competitions, organized sports, fitness activities, or training exercises. For starters, poor training methods, a lack of conditioning, and/or inadequate warm-ups are a few of the causes of sports-related injuries. At certain times, coping with these kinds of injuries often calls for physical rehabilitation. Physical therapy helps people regain strength and movement in parts of their body after an injury. Additionally, it can help someone manage their pain and prevent permanent damage and recurring problems. What are some examples of sports injuries? Image by pressfoto on Freepik Firstly, common ways that athletes get hurt depend on the kind of sports they participate in. They may be at risk for one or more of these kinds of injuries: Ankle injuries — Just about any athlete who is on…

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How to Treat a Rotator Cuff Tear: Physio 101

December 21 | 2023
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Image by Freepik The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Unfortunately, a rotator cuff tear injuries are fairly common and increase in occurrence with age. What causes a rotator cuff tear? Accident/trauma – Ex. Falling, broken collarbone, dislocated shoulder Bone spurs – Bony growths can form on the top of your shoulder bone. Consequently, these bone spurs rub against your tendon when you lift your arm. This shoulder impingement creates friction between your bone and tendon. Eventually, a partial or complete tear may occur Decreased blood flow – Blood flow to your rotator cuff decreases as you get older. Your muscles and tendons need a healthy blood supply to repair themselves. If blood doesn’t nourish your tendons, they can tear Overuse -…

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