a man with back pain

Nerve Flossing for a Pinched Nerve

We’ve posted many blogs on sciatic nerve irritation. “Sciatica” as it is often called is a very painful irritation of a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of the leg. As we’ve mentioned before “sciatica” is not a diagnosis. Irritation of the sciatic nerve can occur for various reasons depending…

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What is Scapholunate Dissociation?

A “FOOSH” injury is rather common for many athletes and kids. “FOOSH” stands for fall on outstretched hand. Other than the obvious scrapes that can occur, the most common injury related to this mechanism is what we classify as a sprain / strain. This infers damage to both muscles and joint structures (ligament). One specific…

a brain with a band-aid on it

Treatment For Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury that can cause a variety of symptoms. A person doesn’t have to be hit in the head or knocked unconscious to have a concussion. It can be caused by a blow to the body, whiplash, or a fall. Most concussions in children resolve in 1-2 weeks, but approximately 30…

A brain injury occuring

Signs and Symptoms Of A Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain. It occurs after a hit that is hard enough to move the brain back and forth in the skull. The hit can be to the head, face, or elsewhere on the body. You can have a concussion without losing consciousness. Concussion symptoms can be physical, mental, emotional,…

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Concussions in Children

Has your child ever had a concussion? Has your child ever had a brain injury? If you answered yes to the first question, you should have answered yes to the second question. It is important to remember that a concussion, no matter how severe, is an injury to the brain. I recently attended the fourth…

lower back muscles

Proper Stabilization and Support of the Spine

By now most people have heard of the term “core” muscles.  This might mean different things to different professionals but at this point, most people would understand that we’re generally talking about the muscles that stabilize and support the lower spine. The transverse abdominus, internal and external oblique muscles and the rectus abdominus are probably…

A man with back pain

Stress Fractures in the Spine / Sacrum

Stress fractures are a relatively common condition that we’ve previously blogged about. In a nutshell, the bone gets stressed (usually from exercise) to the point where there is a net breakdown of bone cells in an area.  What we haven’t specifically addressed though is a sub-type of stress fractures that occur at the bottom of…

middle-aged man stretching shoulders

An Interesting Study on Shoulder Pain

For this week’s blog I thought I’d address a research paper published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  I have found that I frequently reference this study in my day to day practise so it’s probably time that I mention it in our clinic blog. Shoulder Pain Study A 2011 study published in the American…

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Elbow Pain in a Child

There are many different causes of elbow pain. Common injuries that we see at our Burlington sports injury clinic include tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and tendinopathies or overuse injuries in the bicep or tricep muscles. Often the history associated with the condition is what helps us diagnose. Are you a throwing athlete? Does your job…

woman doing planks

Core Strengthening with Care

Core strengthening is very important for protecting the lower back against injury.  The “core” in this context refers to the muscles that support the lower back; the rectus abdominus, the obliques, transversus abdominis and the various layers of muscles in the lumbar spine area (multifidus, quadratus lumborum, parapsinal muscles and latissimus) to name a few.…