Knee Pain

Nearly everyone has experienced knee pain. Knee injury may be the result of sports injuries, work, auto injuries or slips and falls. Knee pain is frequently the result of arthritis, bursitis, or wear and tear. Whether it’s caused by arthritis, excessive foot pronation or overuse of the muscles that protect this vulnerable joint, our knees take a knocking. Here’s the good news: Most chronic knee pain is avoidable.

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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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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: Kelsey Serwa, 2014 Winner Olympic Silver Medalist

For elite ski cross champion Kelsey Serwa, her silver medal win in Sochi almost didn’t happen. Physiotherapy helped her recover from a knee injury and win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created […]
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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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New to running? Here’s a handy guide on how to stay injury-free

  So you’ve made the decision to start running. Congratulations! It’s a great way to improve your health and your quality of life. Like all physical activity, however, running carries the risk of injury. It’s important to know how to prevent injury and what steps to take should injuries happen. We’ve created a bunch of tips to help you enjoy running […]
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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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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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Living with Arthritis: 7 tips to get the most out of physical activity

Did you know that you “feed” your joints when you’re active?
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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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Moving with Arthritis – How Physiotherapy Helps

One in every eight Canadians is diagnosed with arthritis. That number is expected to increase to one in four Canadians over the next 30 years. Are you one of them? Watch and find out how physiotherapy can help.
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Living with Arthritis: Tips for endurance, flexibility and strength

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already active, remember: properly designed exercise programs can not only decrease arthritis pain, but can increase your endurance, flexibility and strength. Carefully planned physical activity can help you manage arthritis and take back your life! The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) teamed up to list […]
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Living with arthritis: 8 tips for overcoming exercise barriers

Starting an exercise program can be tough. If there were ever a reason not to be physically active, arthritis pain would seem to be it. In fact, research shows quite the opposite. Properly designed activities may not only decrease your arthritis pain, but may also increase your flexibility, fitness – and revitalize your state of […]
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Living with Arthritis: A beginner’s checklist to getting active

If you’re just starting to be active or haven’t been for a while, a new routine might seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! Medical experts say that your body is designed to move, and it’s surprising how little time it takes to become and stay healthy. Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active […]
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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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To ice or not to ice…

Things are changing with respect to the use of cryotherapy in acute injuries, and the way we use ice in physiotherapy practice. There has been some very good research done over the past decade or so indicating that RICE or PRICE may not be as effective as we once thought in the acute stage of injury. There have been several articles published that help explain the move away from significant cooling.

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.

Soccer players young and old are ready to head out to the pitch for another action packed and fun-filled season. The world's most popular sport continues to grow across Canada, in particular amongst those aged 25 and under.

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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.
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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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Walking Aids

Your health condition, size and age are key considerations when selecting a walking aid along with comfort, ease of use, stability and safety. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more about how physiotherapy can help.
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Walking

Walking is one of the healthiest activities you can choose to help you maintain and gain physical mobility. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more about how physiotherapy can help.
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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.
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Advice and Thoughts for Runners

Francine Eastwood, PT talks about common injuries for runners and how physiotherapy assessment.

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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Running for beginners

Running is a great activity to get your whole body in motion, and body posture is an important part of your running technique. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more about how physiotherapy can help.
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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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Blog – My first love, running

For me there is nothing more freeing than feeling the ground under my feet

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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Running From Injuries

As a physiotherapist with a passion for running, I am always looking for opportunities to educate fellow runners on how to avoid injuries
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Common running injuries (and how to fix them)

8 pieces of advice from Outside Magazine
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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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Helping the elderly get back on their feet

there could be various reasons behind a fall among the elderly
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Knee Pain Exercises

Whatever the cause, exercise and keeping a healthy weight can reduce symptoms

Respond to the first fracture; prevent the second

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimize patient function and well-being

Knee/meniscus tear

Surgery or physical therapy?

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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