My wrist hurts after typing, what gives?

Girl holding left wrist because of pain from typing.

As we are nearing the year end and the deadlines for work are coming up, a lot of us are spending more time sitting at the computer typing away. This leads to a number of people developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs […]

Costochondritis: Unmasking the Chest Pain Puzzle

Girl holding chest either because of trouble breathing or chest pain.

Costochondritis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone or sternum. The term “costochondritis” is derived from “costo,” referring to the ribs, and “chondro,” referring to cartilage. It typically causes pain and discomfort in the chest, specifically along the cartilage that joins the ribs to the […]

Understanding and Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

Introduction In today’s digital age, where we spend long hours typing on keyboards, using smartphones, and performing repetitive tasks, the risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) has become increasingly common. RSIs can affect anyone, from office workers to athletes. Let’s talk about RSIs, understand what they are, their causes, symptoms, and (what you came […]

Isn’t Physiotherapy just Massage Therapy?

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RMT (Registered Massage Therapy) and physiotherapy (physical therapy) are both healthcare professions that focus on helping individuals improve their physical well-being and address musculoskeletal issues. However, they have distinct differences in terms of their scope of practice, training, and treatment approaches: Training and Education: Scope of Practice Goals of Treatment: Referral and Collaboration: In summary, […]

Patellar Tendinopathy: A Guide to Understanding and Treating the Condition 

Patellar Tendinopathy, commonly known as Jumper’s Knee, is a prevalent overuse injury that affects both athletes and everyday individuals. It occurs when the patellar tendon, the thick band of tissue connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia), becomes inflamed and irritated due to repetitive stress and strain. This condition can significantly impact one’s quality […]

Conquering IT Band Syndrome: Effective Physiotherapy Treatments for Recovery

Whether you’re an athlete or an everyday individual, we understand the impact of injuries on your active lifestyle. In this post, we will shed light on IT band syndrome, it’s causes, symptoms, and risk factors. More importantly, we’ll focus on the physiotherapy treatments that can help you overcome this common ailment and get you back […]

Achilles Tendinopathy: A Guide to Effective Physiotherapy Treatments 

Achilles Tendinopathy is a common condition that can be quite debilitating, affecting both athletes and regular individuals alike. It is characterized by inflammation and irritation of the Achilles tendon, the large band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This essential tendon plays a crucial role in allowing us to walk, […]

Rehabilitation: When can I return to sport after a sprain?

Person receiving treatment for a sprained ankle.

Sprains are all too common regardless of age and gender or any other differentiating factor. Be it sport related or improper posture during the most common tasks, a sprain can happen to anyone. While some sprains can be managed at home, it is advisable that you book an appointment with your physiotherapist.   It’s easy to […]

Why did the physiotherapist assess my ankle when I have low back pain?

Ankle assessment being performed by a physiotherapist for low back pain

How often have you wondered why your physiotherapist is insistent on checking more than just your localized pain points? For example, you called and specifically requested treatment for low back pain. When you arrive at the clinic, you are asked about your knee and ankle, your physiotherapist explains the reasoning behind the whole-body assessment, but […]

Answering the 5 most-asked questions on whiplash injuries and neck pain.

Physiotherapist performing a manual therapy technique on a patient's neck to address whiplash injuries and neck pain

Typing out ‘whiplash’ on a search engine can lead to two visuals, the first- a fantastic movie about a young aspiring drummer, the second- a more graphic one involving an unfortunate injury.   I genuinely wish you were looking for a review of the movie, that would mean you did not experience the condition and you […]

I don’t like to move it: Physiotherapy for fractures 

Image of a person in a wheelchair receiving physiotherapy from a professional, with a focus on recovering from fractures and regaining mobility.

There’s nothing pleasant about a fracture. Maybe for a second, back in high school; getting your crush to sign on your plaster cast gave you temporary relief, that’s about it.   Fractures are so incredibly painful, as if that wasn’t enough, you must deal with regular doctors’ appointments, the limitation in movement, depending on someone to […]

Physiotherapy management of epicondylitis: tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. 

Physiotherapy management of epicondylitis: tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. 

Being unable to hold your coffee cup or your hair brush with adequate strength can be extremely frustrating. Maybe it’s other activities like gardening in the spring, that are made impossible by your tennis elbow symptoms.  The Canadian Medical Association has estimated that up to 3% of Canadians can have tennis elbow and they fall […]

Will Cognitive Behavior Therapy work for me? 

Will Cognitive Behavior Therapy work for me?

The World Health Organization has recently declared the need for action on mental health as a matter of urgent concern.   1 in 3 Canadians reportedly struggle with their mental health (Angus Reid Institute, 2022) and Statistics Canada says 1 in 3 Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.  This is not to […]

Is Plantar fasciitis causing my limp?

If you’re trying to diagnose your own limp, well, you’re not alone. Sometimes, finding and arriving at your own answers can feel quite empowering, especially if the problem is causing you discomfort and debilitation.  The ankle joint is said to withstand up to five times your body weight in normal walking and up to thirteen […]

Osteoarthritis: Physical therapy for hip and knee pain

Osteoarthritis: Physical therapy for hip and knee pain

You’re no spring chicken, you have to make your peace with that.” Is that the response you got from a dismissive-someone when you described your hip or knee pain? Have you gone so far as to believing that about yourself?  If you woke up with stiffness in your hip and knee, maybe even some creaking […]

Holy Cow, -ow, my jaw hurts! – Physiotherapy for TMJ disorder

Physiotherapy exercise for TMJ disorder

Who would’ve thought that you would have to stifle your yawn anywhere but a work meeting or any meeting where the stakes are high? Not me. That’s until I had temporomandibular joint disorder.   If you’re reading this, it is likely you are annoyed at being unable to do the most elementary activities such as yawn, […]

Someone make my Sciatica go away

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Typing out the following words on a search engine- Pain that begins in the low back, radiating to the feet, accompanied by numbness, tingling, an electric feeling- will quickly give you the following result- Sciatica! While we don’t recommend this as the ideal method for an accurate diagnosis, we have all been there, done that.  […]

Manual Physical Therapy: 6 facts about IASTR 

Manual Physical Therapy

For a long time, hot packs, ice packs and/or exercises, maybe even ultrasound machines were central to an effective physiotherapy session. While these are all good treatment modalities which have been in use for decades, are they enough?  In our experience both as practitioners and recipients of services, we know the above-mentioned methods provide temporary […]

Let’s talk Vertigo: Causes, Treatment and Rehabilitation 

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Living with one or more episodes of vertigo can, most often, feel isolating. It falls into the category of an invisible injury; those around you cannot really see what’s going on and therefore have a hard time taking your symptoms seriously.   Vertigo: Causes, Treatment and Rehabilitation It’s most often laughed off; “As dizzy as a […]

Have you considered Shockwave Therapy for your heel, elbow or shoulder pain? 

Shockwave Therapy for your heel, elbow or shoulder pain.

There is no pleasure without pain- wisdom passed down for generations. But, for those of us with chronic pain (more than 6 weeks), it seems pleasure is secondary; relief from this constant and nagging pain will do, thank you very much!   Maybe you’ve tried them all; popping pain killers like they’re candy, ice packs that […]

Physiotherapy treatment: What are your biggest fears about dry needling?

Physiotherapy treatment

Did your physician or physiotherapist recommend dry needling for your low back pain or neck pain? Your mind probably went, ‘say what now? Needles? No!’. But you couldn’t say it out loud for fear of being judged. So, here you are, on the internet, googling away; What is a dry needle and how big is […]

Everything you must know about Concussions and the role of Physiotherapy

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If you have received a diagnosis of Concussion and you are curious about return to pre-concussion activities, this post is written for you. We understand how frustrating it can be to be recommended rest when you feel absolutely fine. But here is why being patient with yourself and your body can be a life saver.   […]

4 considerations for Physiotherapy after work-related injuries 

Revere Physiotherapy treatment

Injuries or diseases resulting from the workplace can be quite debilitating as they impact multiple areas of your life. In some cases, it might seem difficult for you to determine that symptoms are originating from your workplace. However, if you feel symptoms are being exacerbated at work it might be helpful to talk to your […]

Physiotherapy after accidents: 4 things to consider

A motor vehicle accident is a traumatic experience. A violent impact on the body can leave lasting effects, in the form of severe injuries or aches and pains that persist for days, even weeks.   In the Lower Mainland alone, ICBC states that up to 22% of all crashes are casualty crashes- crashes that result in injury.  […]

4 things to expect on your first Physiotherapy appointment

Be it a dentist, a doctor’s appointment or a physiotherapy appointment, there is just something about seeing a medical professional that can be slightly unsettling.   Maybe this is your first time and you are not sure what to expect.   Maybe you had physiotherapy before and because you haven’t seen much progress you want to switch […]

Ancient Greece to Vancouver: Origin and Evolution of Physiotherapy 

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Whether you are an undergrad considering a career in physiotherapy or a curious history medicine healthcare nerd or a client wondering how this wonderful profession came about, this one is for you. How did Physiotherapy originate and where? To answer this question, we will have to dial it back. How many years, you ask? How […]

Challenging six misconceptions about Physiotherapy

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Ignorance is bliss? Try saying that to someone in pain or recovering from an injury!   When it comes to your body and health, information is power. Specifically, truth and facts can empower you to take charge of your health.   Misconceptions can be likened to pesky parasites that invade your mind and stop you from taking […]