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Concussion management – tips for self care

December 02 | 2021
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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What is a concussion? Concussion management is important for the recovery of a concussion, which is a form of a traumatic brain injury.  A concussion results from getting either a direct or indirect trauma to the head.  The trauma to the brain produces changes in the brain chemistry that can result in a wide variety of symptoms.  These symptoms can clear up within a couple of weeks.  However, for some people the symptoms can last for several weeks and months. How do you know that you have a concussion? A concussion injury results in a unique set of symptoms and limitations.  The signs and symptoms of a concussion include: Headache Dizziness Nausea and/or vomiting Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to sound Sleep disturbance Excessive fatigue Poor concentration Feeling frustrated or impatient Visual disturbances Poor balance Taking longer to think Restlessness Fogginess These symptoms require some form of concussion management to improve…

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What is tendonitis?

November 24 | 2021
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Tendonitis is a common diagnosis for many people.  Tendonitis means that the tendon structure has been altered in some way resulting in weakness in the structure.  There are different degrees of severity of tendonitis. What are tendons? Tendons are found at the end of the muscle and act like a flexible cord.  Tendons connect muscles to other body parts, usually bones.  The function of the tendon is to pull on the structure that they are attached to when the muscle is working.  For example: When you do a biceps curl, the biceps tendon pulls the forearm bones up, bending your elbow. As you are walking, the Achilles tendon pulls the heel bone up which moves the foot downwards. When you raise your arm, the rotator cuff muscles pull on the shoulder bone and move your arm up Therefore, the main function of tendons is to carry load and produce movement.  As…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What is the best treatment?

November 18 | 2021
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a very debilitating condition that affects the use of your hand.  It is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist.  The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of the hand.  The median nerve passes through this tunnel, along with tendons and blood vessels.  This small area allowed for the median nerve, makes this a prime location for nerve compression to happen. What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome results in a characteristic set of signs and symptoms.  More specifically, these include: Pain, tingling, numbness or burning into the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers Pain on the palm side of the wrist and forearm Weakness into the hand, thumb and fingers Inability to grip strongly through the hand and a tendency to drop things Loss…

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Falls Prevention Programs have many benefits

November 10 | 2021
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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Falls prevention programs play an important role in the health of the elderly population.  Falls and the complications associated with them are a huge issue.  It affects many aspects of society including health care spending and caregiver stress.  Furthermore, the resulting injuries and effects from a fall can be very serious, both for the patient and the family involved.  At PhysioNow, our Registered Physiotherapists can help protect your loved ones from falls.   Causes of Weakness & Frailty in the Elderly The reasons for weakness, loss of function/mobility and frailty in the elderly may include: Genetics Some physical characteristics or conditions may have a strong genetic component For example, osteoarthritis may be influenced by genetics and can significantly affect a person’s ability to be mobile and active Disease/Conditions Any disease that affects the strength and/or mobility of a patient will place the individual at risk of falling as the condition…

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Tips for Back Pain

November 03 | 2021
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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Why do I have back pain? If you have had low back pain, you are not alone.  Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work.  Even school-age children can have back pain.  Having some tips for back pain will help people manage their symptoms on a regular basis. Back pain can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp or shooting pain.  It can begin suddenly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time as we age. Low back pain is caused by common causes like: Poor posture Sitting for long hours Awkward movements Excessive use of lower back muscles causing overuse injuries Inappropriate ways of lifting weights Trauma Frequent Bending Forward Degenerative conditions What are the types of back pain? There are two types of back…

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