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Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is a relatively common complaint at our clinic. There are various causes of wrist pain and there are different structures around the wrist and hand that can be involved. Some of the relatively common conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist sprain, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, cartilage injuries, arthritis and various repetitive strain injuries of the…

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Laser Therapy

Our body is made up of cells. Each cell has a different function that is vital to our existence. The Mitochondria is a cell which is responsible for producing adenosine triphosphate or “ATP”. ATP is the energy that our body uses. Similar to the gas that makes your car work, adenosine triphosphate is the energy…

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Compartment Syndrome

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is very different from acute compartment syndrome. From time to time we encounter the exertional type of compartment syndrome at our clinic, so it’s probably a good idea to distinguish between the two conditions for some of our readers. What is Compartment Syndrome? Various muscular areas of our body are sectioned…

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Bicep Tendonitis

If you’re experiencing pain in the front of your shoulder, you may have an injury to your bicep tendon. The bicep tendon is a relatively common source of shoulder pain. There are variable patient presentations and different treatment options depending on the specific dysfunction. Let’s start with the basics… Bicep Tendon The bicep muscle is…

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Sciatic Pain

Leg pain associated with back pain is quite common. In fact, it is estimated that 25-57% of all cases of lower back pain have associated leg pain. The pain can take various forms and be described in various ways. Common descriptors include numbness, tingling, pins and needles, weakness, tooth-ache pain, a dull ache or even…

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Headache

Many people come to our clinic looking for relief from their headaches. Whether or not we can help them depends on many factors, one of them being the specific type of headache. Perhaps the headache type that we find the most success with is “cervicogenic headache”. This is a fancy term that describes headaches that…

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Trigger Point Therapy

A “trigger point” is a slang term used to describe an irritable, localised area of dysfunction in a muscle. What makes a trigger point unique is that it refers pain in a characteristic pattern. That is, it sends a pain signal to a different location and this location is often predictable (depending on the dysfunctional muscle). What causes…

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle. As discussed in a previous blog, “sciatica” is pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. This can cause symptoms in the buttock, posterior thigh and or lower leg and foot. Piriformis Muscle The pirifomis muscle is a small muscle located in…

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Fascia

Fascia. Many of you have likely heard this term used more and more over recent years. This is perhaps due to the surge of new research on the topic and therefore the renewed interest within the manual medicine community. What is Fascia? Fascia can be defined as a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue…