Back Pain

Back pain isn’t usually a sign of a serious medical condition – it’s much more likely that an awkward movement has pulled a muscle or sprained a ligament. Simple cases often improve within 4–6 weeks. Staying active and getting on with normal activities is one of the best ways to deal with back pain.

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Backpack Safety

Many children report pain when wearing a backpack, especially when carrying heavier loads…
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The Scoop on Snow Shovelling

While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body. Research has identified snow shovelling as a high-risk activity for heart problems. Every year, shovellers also sustain injuries such as pulled and strained muscles from repetitive […]

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Choose to move: inspiring stories from B.C.

For the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s latest campaign, they travelled to different areas of British Columbia to showcase some amazing individuals, who are elite athletes, professional dancers, and those with inspiring stories of recovery. What they all have in common is that they Choose to Move, and use physio regularly to help them perform […]
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Posture – A patient info sheet

  Posture Download Patient Info Sheet Having good posture not only makes you look strong and healthy — it’s also a critical factor in preventing pain and injuries. For recreational activities like golf, skating, yoga or running, posture actually plays an important role in performance. And posture is critical in preventing workplace injuries that come […]
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Back and neck pain – how physiotherapy can help

Your physiotherapist will assess the causes for your back and neck pain, mobilize your spinal joints, and will give you advice on how to best maintain your thoracic mobility, essential for a healthy low back and neck.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is not an uncommon disease – recent estimates have it affecting between 0.35% to 1.3% of the population, making it about as common as rheumatoid arthritis. Men are affected three times as often as women. Take the My Health My Future test to find out if you have it and what you can do. 
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Leaf Out Pain and Strain

Raking leaves is a physical activity that can often cause muscle soreness or injury. The most common injuries are strains to the middle and lower back. Physiotherapists can walk you through stretching exercises and a warm up that should be done before any raking, show you the proper body mechanics.

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 whiplash cases in Canada each year. Most occur from automobile accidents, but whiplash can also result from sport or occupational injuries.

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Hot and Cold Treatment for Sprains and Strains

I’ve injured myself. Should I use hot or cold? Download CPA's infosheet to learn more.
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Gardening Tips

The secret to a healthy garden is a healthy gardener. Gardening is an active pursuit that can cause muscle strain to the lower back, shoulders, knees and arms, especially if you are out of shape and do not move properly.
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Fit to a tee

A game of golf is a healthy activity to help gain and maintain flexibility and range of motion. It's a physical activity that includes walking, lifting and repetitive arm movements, providing the benefits of cardiovascular and strengthening exercise programs. However, returning to action after being on hiatus for several months puts enthusiasts at high risk of injury.
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Oh my aching back!

Almost everyone experiences some type of back pain at some point in time. The pain may occur suddenly and be gone within a couple of days or weeks, or it may occur repeatedly, never completely going away, and can have a major impact on your regular daily activities.
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Waiting for imaging

A lot of people think we need imaging and doctor referrals to find out what is wrong with us, but the truth is a physiotherapist can get to the root of the problem by looking at you and how you move.

Most patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal problems are told, "listen to your body". They are led to believe that this will make them feel better. However, when following this recommendation, the pain does not usually decrease and the patients do not get better.

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Are you in pain?

Physiotherapists are skilled in assessing and treating these temporary and acute painful MSK conditions caused by injury. Physiotherapists can help relieve your pain.
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Pain will affect the way you move. The way you move will affect your pain. It can be a vicious cycle.

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For less time in physio rehab, try ‘prehabilitation’

From the Globe and Mail - what if you could gaze into a crystal ball that could predict your injuries before they happen
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Back Pain Exercises

Simple exercises that may help

Patients with MSDs are the largest patient population group treated by physiotherapists

Occupational health physiotherapists have a role in proactively promoting health and well-being in the work environment

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimize patient function and well-being

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Spine, neck problems

A new tool to help health professionals improve their treatment of patients experiencing neck or back pain
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Are you functionally fit?

It could be that while you're getting plenty of physical activity, you're not attending to your functional fitness needs
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Preventing Golf Injuries

About half of all golf injuries can become chronic
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Stretching Guide for Golf

A good stretching routine can improve your exercise tolerance and your golf performance
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Stretch Before Gardening

When you bend to do a job, you add 100% more of a load to your back than when you're standing