child with concussion like symptoms

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…

Sciatic nerve location

Sciatic Symptoms and The “Flip” Test

Sciatica is a common complaint at our clinic and has been the topic of sciatic blogs. As we’ve mentioned in the past, there are various causes for “sciatic” symptoms. These causes can include a lumbar disc injury (herniation) or lumbar stenosis to name a few. The symptoms of sciatica can range from leg pain, numbness,…

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A Myth About Exercising Your Back Muscles

It’s the New Year, which for many is the time for resolutions and the implementation of a new exercise program. I thought it might only be fitting to mention an interesting study published in the Journal of Dynamic Medicine. The Latissimus Dorsi is a muscle in the back that is known to be a prime…

woman with lower back pain

Degenerative Disc Disease

Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is something that will happen to all of us.  Perhaps the question is to what extent.  Like many things in our body, the intervertebral discs wear down with time and age.  For some, they will generate pain while for others it may not pose a problem.    A recent paper I reviewed reminded me of…