Neck Pain can result from a variety of factors, such as a motor vehicle accident, a fall, computer use, arthritis or poor posture, to name a few.
Your physiotherapist will be able to assess the components of your neck pain and provide the appropriate treatment which will be designed just for you.
Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Injuries
Your rotator cuff is made up of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder, which connect your upper arm bone with your shoulder blade. These muscles and tendons help to hold the ball of your upper arm bone firmly in the shoulder socket. A rotator cuff injury involves any type of irritation or damage to these muscles and tendons. Injury may occur suddenly and be associated with a specific incident such as a fall or lifting, or may develop over time with repetitive activities such as throwing a baseball or painting, and can be aggravated by poor posture.
Physiotherapy treatment can aid in the healing of a rotator cuff injury by reducing inflammation and improving the flexibility and strength of the involved muscles.
The jaw (TMJ), like any joint in the body, has ligaments and muscles that help it function. As with other joints, the jaw can be subject to injury and wear and tear. Symptoms of TMJ include pain over the jaw or near the ear, clicking when you open or close your mouth, pain while chewing, yawning or talking, and occasionally locking of the jaw.
Manual therapy, exercises and modalities can be used to reduce the pain and improve function.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injury is the name given to conditions resulting from frequent repetitive motions often involving the arms or hands. This often is attributed to compromised work habits or postures, and is commonly seen with frequent computer use or assembly line workers for example. Even golf or other sports enthusiasts who perform repetitive movements can be prone to a repetitive strain injury. Some of the more common injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome (pain in the wrist and hand) and tendonitis of the elbow and shoulder.
We can assess and treat repetitive strain injuries, and can also offer advice on work station set up and postures, as well as exercise techniques to include with your sport activities to help resolve and to prevent such injuries.
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Recovery from a motor vehicle injury can be a stressful experience. The most common MVA injury tends to be whiplash; however, there can be any number of injuries resulting from a car accident. We will work with you from the beginning to properly diagnose the root cause of your pain and ensure you are receiving the highest quality of care for your injuries.
Our goal is to help you recover as soon as possible so you can get back to your daily activities.
Knee injuries often occur as a result of trauma such as a sudden injury or fall, or from sudden increases or changes in daily activity. Knee pain can also occur over time with normal wear and tear. Even something as simple as changing footwear may place stress on the muscles and tendons around the knee joint, resulting in knee pain and dysfunction. Sometimes, stiffness or pain in the hip or ankle can contribute to and influence knee pain. Your physiotherapist can assess your knee to determine the cause of injury and any influencing factors which may be contributing to your knee pain and develop a treatment program to suit your needs.
Poor posture can be the result of long periods of time spent in less than ideal positions. Think of sitting in non-supportive chairs, frequent computer use, "hunching over" when using phones, or other electronic devices.
The proper exercises along with "tips and tricks" to improve posture and day to day habits can go a long way to improving your posture and appearance as well as reduce muscular fatigue and pain.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that affects the joints, and most often occurs in wright bearing joints such as hips, knees, feet and spine. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which wears away over time causing the bones to rub against each other. Osteoarthritis in a joint often results in pain, stiffness and lack of movement. The muscles around the joint are also often weak.
Often times osteoarthritis sufferers are told there is nothing that can be done to relieve their symptoms. Fortunately, this is NOT true. Physiotherapy techniques and specific exercises can be used to strengthen the muscles around the joint, and decrease the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. This can significantly improve your function and mobility to help you to move with greater ease, while also helping to slow the progression of joint wear and tear.
Low back pain may be the result of muscle strain or ligament sprain, or irritation of a disc or nerve. Back pain could also be due to restriction of the normal motion of the joints resulting from injury or arthritis. The great news is that all of these conditions are treatable!
We will examine you to determine the cause of your pain and design a treatment program geared specifically to your individual needs.
Sciatica is the umbrella term referring to "pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve". The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back to the back of your thigh, calf, and into the foot. Pain may occur with or without a change in sensation such as numbness or tingling.
There are many different causes for this type of pain and therefore many different treatment options. If you have sciatic type pain, it is important to have a health professional, such as a physiotherapist, assess and determine the cause so it can be properly treated. This may involve some combination of manual therapy techniques such as mobilization or manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and modalities such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound to decrease pain.