Chronic Pain

Pain is a signal from your body warning you something is wrong. It is an unpleasant experience to motivate you to stop or change what you are doing. You may describe pain in many ways, such as burning, stinging, sharp, aching, or you might just say, “it hurts!”

We call pain that continues for more than three months chronic pain. Chronic pain is a complex experience and it can be difficult to assess. There are many factors your physiotherapist will consider to help you manage your pain. Physiotherapists have many “tools in their kit” such as acupuncture, manual therapy, exercise, or relaxation techniques. Physiotherapists are also a part of pain management teams, working with other health care professionals to optimize your mobility and alleviate your pain.

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6 questions I get asked while treating someone with Osteoarthritis

If you have ever been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), there is a good chance someone has explained this condition to you as the “wear and tear” that occurs at a joint. As you digest your diagnosis, you may begin to feel protective of that painful joint.
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Teens feeling sting of ‘text neck’

Think your kid’s posture is starting to suffer from always looking down at a cellphone? It is…
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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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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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Physical Therapy Is Vital to Joint Injury Treatment

Here’s how physiotherapy may be able to help you avoid surgery
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Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Dog’s Mobility

Here’s what physiotherapy can do for your dog.
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Juvenile Arthritis – a patient info sheet

Although there isn't a cure for JIA, there is effective therapy. Download CPA's information sheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physiotherapy has an important role in the management of all stages of RA, helping to prevent physical impairment and restore functional ability through the use of education, exercise, mobility aids, and therapeutic modalities. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more about how physiotherapy can help.
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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.
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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is one of today's major occupational hazards, affecting approximately 2.3 million Canadians annually. Many of these injuries can be prevented with improved work habits and posture (ergonomics). Ergonomics is an applied science directed at the design and arrangement of work tools and equipment to ensure products and environments are comfortable, safe and efficient for people to use.

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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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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Knee injuries

Anyone can be a victim of a knee injury; whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend fitness buff or someone just busy carrying out your day-to-day activities. Download CPA's infosheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.
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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. Download CPA's infosheet to learn about the signs and symptoms.
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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.

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

Newer research has shown that exercise can improve how well you function physically and your quality of life

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The role of physical therapy in cancer

Large population studies have identified a strong association between lower levels of physical activity and higher cancer mortality
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

Symptoms tend to be worse at night

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

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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Motivating older adults to exercise

Elders commonly report they cannot, will not or should not exercise