Sprains & Strains

Sprains, strains, and other pains! These injuries are the most common and symptoms will vary depending on your activities and your current physical condition.

Sprains and strains are sometimes confused and used interchangeably. A sprain is an injury to the ligament that is stretched or torn. A strain is a an injury to the muscle or tendon that is overstretched or torn.

Your physiotherapist can help reduce your risk of sprains and strains by correcting bad habits with your posture, finding exercises that enhance your flexibility, and more!

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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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Blog – Is there a stretch for that?

Stretching is a hot topic in the world of pro athletes and armchair quarterbacks alike
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Advice and Thoughts for Runners

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

The adage "it is better to break an ankle than sprain one" need not apply if the injury is diagnosed and treated properly. Download CPA's infosheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.

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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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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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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Knee Pain Exercises

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

Stay active. Bed rest for more than a couple of days makes it harder to get going
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Tennis Elbow Exercises

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

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.

There are three hamstring muscles per side: Biceps Femoris, Semitendonosus, and Semimembranosus

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Foot pain exercises

Two causes of foot pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis
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Preventing Golf Injuries

About half of all golf injuries can become chronic