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Understanding the Forces of Sport Injury

Imagine a cardboard box. It’s a fairly stable structure that can withstand a certain amount of weight placed on it.  For example, if you placed a one-pound weight on that box it would likely be able to hold that amount of compression.  Now imagine adding another one-pound weight and continue to add weights one by one.…

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Alternatives to Medication for Treating Low Back Pain

The American College of Physicians recently published new guidelines for treating non-radicular low back pain. With concern mounting about narcotics prescribed for back pain (Oxycontin, Percocet) and misuse and overdose becoming prevalent, research is focusing on safe, non-invasive methods of treating low back pain. The College identifies acute low back pain as lasting up to…

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How to Treat Muscle Back Pain

As mentioned in the past, our blog entries are not intended to be specific, individual advice for patients.  They are perhaps best viewed as “food for thought” or talking points for you and your health professional.  I cannot tell you through a blog entry what to do for your lower back pain because I don’t…

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Common Tips for Lower Back Pain

For this week’s blog, we’re just going to touch on some very common recommendations for lower back pain.  Keep in mind, the advice for anyone with lower back pain needs to be individualised. For any advice to be appropriate for someone with lower back pain, the practitioner needs to know what the diagnosis is and…

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What is the Best Pillow for Neck Pain?

What is the best pillow for neck pain? Being a chiropractic, massage and physiotherapy clinic, this question gets asked a lot.  The standard answer that I have always given my patients is that it is “trial and error”.  You must try one out and make note of what you are trying (whether it be feather,…

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Neck Braces for Neck Pain

At Burlington Sports Therapy, we practice in an evidence-based manner.  That means we try to base our recommendations and our treatment approach on research so that the care we deliver to our patients is the best it can be. Although some clinical decisions are based on a practitioner’s experience and opinion, there is usually research…

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Lower Back Pain Diagnosis and Treatment Approach 

Lower back injuries are very common.  We see them at our clinic every day.  As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, approximately 80% of the population will experience a debilitating case of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Treating Lower Back Pain There are various approaches to treating lower back pain.  The chosen…

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Why You Should Always Seek Professional Advice

  So, I did it again, just to see.  I googled “stretches for back pain”.  I did this many years ago as one of our first Burlington Sports Therapy blog entries to illustrate how ridiculous the internet can be when it comes to expert opinion and getting health related information.  Beware!  The first time I…

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Do I need an x-ray for back pain?

When do you need an x-ray for back pain? This is a question I get asked on a regular basis.  Many people that I meet are under the impression that a chiropractor needs x-rays of the spine to diagnose.  Perhaps surprising, it’s quite rare for an x-ray to be the sole factor that provides a…