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Category: Articles of Interest

De Quervain’s Tendonitis: Golf

May 11, 2016
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The golf swing involves a high velocity wrist release followed by sudden deceleration just after impact. This places considerable stress on the arms and leaves the wrists susceptible to injury. De Quervain’s Tendonitis A common injury for golfers is De Quervain’s Tendonitis. The two tendons affected by this condition (abductor pollicus longus & extensor pollicus brevis) are […]

The Trapezius Muscle

April 11, 2016
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Avoid the Traps Trap! If you are experiencing any pain to the shoulder or neck area, and require more information, don’t hesitate to contact a physiotherapist. Any muscle imbalances should be corrected, and a physiotherapist will be able to instruct you specifically with respect to corrective exercises. The Anatomy of the Trapezius Muscle Well defined upper […]

Repetitive Strain Injury for Musicians

March 11, 2016
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Repetitive Strain Injury Has Many Causes There are many causes of Repetitive Strain Injury, suffered by musicians, which can lead to neck and low back pain, shoulder pain, arm and forearm pain, wrist and hand pain, and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. The most plausible cause can be due to musicians who have undergone one or more […]

Proper Walking Techniques

February 13, 2016
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Proper walking techniques are very important to maximize the benefits and prevent injury. Be sure to start with a warm up before each time you walk. Stretching your calves is vital to help prevent tendonitis. Place the ball of your foot against a wall or curb with your heel touching the ground. Push knee toward wall, hold for […]

Plantar Fasciitis

February 8, 2016
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Definition of Plantar Fasciitis: inflammation of the plantar fascial or perifascial bursae most commonly involves the origin of the plantar fascia on the medial tubercle of the calcaneus may progress to thickening of the plantar fascia or traction spurring of the calcaneus Etiological/Biomechanical Factors improper or worn out footwear abnormal biomechanics in the lower quadrant […]

Avoid Back Strain

January 28, 2016
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Proper body mechanics help you avoid back strain. Lifting Bend with your knees, not your back. Lift with your legs. Lift object only chest-high. Be sure of footing. Standing and Walking Stand with one foot up;change position often. Stand with your back’s three natural curves in their normal, balanced alignment. Walk with head high, chin […]

Kinesiotaping for Frozen Shoulder

December 19, 2015
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What is “Frozen Shoulder”? Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, results in contraction of the capsule which surrounds the joint. The muscles which surround the shoulder also become tight and cause increased compression in the joint resulting in pain and decreased mobility. Kinesio Tape Can Be Helpful Kinesio tape can be used to assist in reducing edema, […]

Hamstring Techniques Before Running

November 15, 2015
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Stretch Your Hamstrings Before Running Runners are often plagued with recurrent hamstring strains and overuse. Tight hamstrings can cause a variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions including lumbar dysfunctions, patello-femoral syndrome and sacro-iliac dysfunctions. Proper stretching prior to and following any physical activity is crucial to avoid sprains and strains of joints and muscles. Hamstring stretches are often performed […]

Tendonosis vs Tendonitis

October 14, 2015
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Tendonitis is now Tendonosis Tendon injuries are among the most common overuse injuries. What was once commonly thought of as a tendonitis is now considered a tendonosis. Tendonosis is defined as primary collagen degeneration characterized by separation of collagen bundles increased hydrophilic ground substance increased poor quality blood vessels absent inflammatory cells Inflammation likely precedes the development of tendinosis […]

Functional Training of the Rotator Cuff

October 6, 2015
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How can we prevent rotator cuff dysfunctions with repetitive activities such as swings and throws in sports such as golf, tennis and baseball? Flexibility and strength of the surrounding soft tissue structures of the shoulder are of primary importance but a physiotherapist should also address the following components in order to optimize rotator cuff efficiency […]