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Crutches: A Beginner’s Guide

February 27 | 2024
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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Whether you’re recovering from surgery, a fractured bone, or dealing with a temporary mobility issue, you’ve probably been recommended to use crutches! Using them can help you maintain independence while also reducing the amount of stress on your body.  In this guide, we’ll explore the basics of using crutches to get around. How do I choose the right pair? Firstly, you need to have the right pair for your needs. There are various types of crutches, including axillary, forearm, and platform. Usually, the most used are axillary (standard) crutches but they require good upper body strength and endurance. If you are unsure consult with your healthcare provider to determine which type is best suited for you. 3 different styles of crutches How do I size them? In order for crutches to be effective and comfortable, they must be the correct size for you. Luckily, most types…

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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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Osteoarthritis: How Physiotherapy Can Stop Your Pain

February 13 | 2024
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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Osteoarthritis in the knee. Image by jcomp on Freepik What is osteoarthritis (OA)? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Alternatively, some people call it degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Eventually, it can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. In more severe cases, it also causes reduced function and disability; some people are no longer able to do daily tasks or work. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disease and a leading cause of disability in older adults. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis: Pain or aching Stiffness Decreased range of motion (or flexibility) Swelling Risk factors: Joint injury or overuse—Injury or overuse, such…

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10 Ways a Physiotherapist Can Improve Your Health

January 24 | 2024
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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  Our physiotherapy clinic PhysioNow has 9 locations to serve you across the GTA, from Burlington to Etobicoke Physiotherapists can improve your health by being champions of fitness and wellness. They are experts in a wide variety of topics and can help in many different areas. The following is a list of ways your physiotherapist can improve your health! 1. Prevention Physiotherapists work to prevent injuries and physical health issues through education and awareness. For example, they may provide guidance on proper ergonomics, posture, and exercise habits to reduce the risk of developing pain, injuries and chronic conditions. 2. Rehabilitation Sometimes, accidents happen and injuries can’t be avoided. Physiotherapists help individuals recover from injuries, surgeries, and medical conditions. They use various techniques, therapeutic exercises, and treatments to restore physical function, mobility, and strength. 3. Pain Management Physiotherapists help manage and alleviate pain, whether it’s caused by…

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Reduce Your Risk of Falls with Physiotherapy!

January 22 | 2024
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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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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