Pain in the shoulders or arms?

Shoulder pain can be complicated to treat, because there is often more than one factor or area contributing to the problem. Poor posture, poor body mechanics or lack of exercise prior to repetitive movements such as gardening, throwing, housework, or computer work can lead to pain in the shoulder area.

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How I avoided surgery and a year-long recovery for my shoulder injury

Let me start by introducing myself.  I am far from an elite athlete, but I’d also say I’m not your typical 37 year old mom, either.  I am an avid Obstacle Course Runner and cofounder of one of the largest teams of female Obstacle Course Runners in Canada.  I make it a point to incorporate […]
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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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Early heart attack warning symptoms

What most people don’t know is that the warning symptoms are different for women.
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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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Exercises after breast surgery from the Canadian Cancer Society

Have you had or will you be having breast surgery? We have a great resource to share with you about exercises you can do to reduce stiffness and pain and improve strength and movement. Download PDF  
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Minimal exercise can counteract sedentary lifestyle

Now that we know how dangerous sitting can be, it doesn’t take much exercise to combat the problems associated with a sedentary life.
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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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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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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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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.
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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.

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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Tennis Elbow Exercises

Tennis elbow is caused by a strain to the tendons in your forearm

Respond to the first fracture; prevent the second

Lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system which results in swelling of body tissue

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimize patient function and well-being

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Is it Frozen Shoulder or just Stiff?

The actual best technique to prevent the shoulder from becoming stiff is to keep it mobile after an injury.
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Preventing Golf Injuries

About half of all golf injuries can become chronic