Does your back hurt?

Many of us have suffered from a “bad back” at one time or another. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. Most Canadians will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is costly to the health care system and is a common reason for time away from work.

 

 

 

 

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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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Preventing falls

More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that can permanently reduce their mobility and independence. Direct health care costs relating to falls among seniors in Canada are estimated at $1 billion every year. This accounts for […]
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Choose to Move: Ballet BC Dancers

Physiotherapy is an essential part of the life of these Ballet BC dancers, and plays an integral role in helping them stay strong and injury free.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created part two of our Choose to Move campaign. […]
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Born To Move: Physiotherapy Alberta

  Over 2,600 physiotherapists in Alberta were born to help you move! Watch more videos from Physiotherapy Alberta.
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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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Did you know physiotherapy can help you recover from a heart attack?

By Kerry Kittson, PT Practice & Policy Coordinator, Canadian Physiotherapy Association What is a heart attack? Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is defined as death of a portion of the myocardium, or heart (1). This occurs because of a lack of oxygen supply to the heart. Just like you have arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood […]
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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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Osteoarthritis

Wear and tear of your joints may occur due to aging, injury, prolonged poor posture, overuse of joints, or excess weight. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more how physiotherapy can help.

Whatever the mode of travel, there are a number of problems that may arise from sitting in a confined space. Sitting immobile for prolonged periods of time can put considerable stress on muscles and joints. This can lead to feeling stiff, cramped and sore with a sense of fatigue after the journey.

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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.
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Put the pedal down

It's summertime, and time to get out on your bike. Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, promote cardiovascular health and improve muscular endurance. It's a relatively inexpensive exercise that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, a correct bike fit is absolutely essential.

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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Ageing and Preventative Care

Physiotherapists can plan treatment to help you maintain independence and mobility as you age. Talk to a physiotherapist before small issues become bigger problems.

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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

Physiotherapy is key to lifelong management of adults and children with cystic fibrosis

Respond to the first fracture; prevent the second

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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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