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Hip Exercises

This past July, an interesting paper was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy which investigated gluteal muscle activation during different exercises. Gluteal exercises can play a role in rehabilitating many different hip injuries, including hip bursitis, hip arthritis, general hip pain and lower back pain. Whether you’re a rehabilitation professional looking…

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Bench Press Shoulder Pain

There is no question that the bench press is a very popular exercise for strengthening the pectorals. Although effective, this exercise can prove painful for many people so attention needs to be given to proper technique. Here are a few tips that are supported by published research… Shoulder Tendons and Lifting Too Low… That burning stretch…

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Running Injuries

Overuse injuries are very common among distance runners and are frequently seen at our Burlington Physiotherapy clinic. The repeated tissue stress can lead to such conditions as achilles tendinopathy, achilles “tendinitis”, achilles tendinosis, patellar tendinopathy, patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis and shin splints to name a few. Once present, these injuries often require extensive…

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Exercise and Arthritis

Recently we came across an interesting paper published in the well known journal “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” which investigated the loads imposed on our joints when using an elliptical exercise machine. Some of the more interesting results were as follows… Elliptical Machine, Stairclimber or Treadmill? In terms of cardiovascular exercise, an elliptical…

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Turf Toe

Turf toe is a slang term used to describe a common yet frustrating injury that affects athletes like football players and soccer players. In technical terms, it describes a sprain of the plantar capsule and plantar ligaments of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.  In simple terms, you likely pushed your big toe too far and the…

Back Pain and Rowing

Dragon boat paddling has been known to cause lower back pain.  In fact, rowing in general has been linked to lower back pain.  But why?  What specific lower back conditions are caused by these activities? Rowing and Lower Back Pain Two of the more common lower back injuries associated with paddling and rowing are lumbar disc herniation…

Knee Pain and Cycling

With the Tour de France in full swing we thought it would be fitting to address a common cycling injury for this weeks blog; patellar tendinosis. Patellar Tendonitis / Patellar Tendonosis The patellar tendon is located below the patella (or “knee-cap”) and is an extension of our quadriceps muscle (the muscle on the front of your…

ACL Tear

Ligaments help to protect our joints.  Unlike muscles, they do not contract or expand.  Instead, they offer passive support and limit the range of movement in a joint.  Unfortunately, if the joint is forced beyond the normal range of motion, ligaments can be torn, often resulting in surgery and time away from activity.  Common ligament…