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…

Stretches for Back Pain

Last week, several patients asked me for the best back stretches for the relief of back pain. Although stretching is something that most of us do (including my dog when she wakes up in the morning) you may be surprised to hear that it is not always helpful! Several studies have found that static stretching…

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A Pre-Game Soccer Warm-up

Recently we spoke with a number of soccer coaches about exercises that are suitable for a pre-game warm-up.  Below you will find a warm-up routine for young soccer players that we believe is an appropriate blend of evidence based principles and faithful practices that have been used for years.  Should you have any questions or concerns please…

Hamstring Injury

Muscular strains are very common injuries affecting athletic and active people.  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings as to why these injuries occur and how we can prevent them.  As always, we’re going to use the published, peer reviewed literature to help dispel some of the myths… Concentric and Eccentric Muscle Contraction In order…

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Shoulder Pain

As mentioned in previous posts, certain sports are associated with certain injuries.  As baseball season is upon us, it may be a good time to introduce you to some of the newer concepts associated with dysfunction in the throwing shoulder.  Repeatedly throwing (as with baseball) places an enormous demand on the different tissues of the…

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Knee Injury in Soccer

Soccer shoes have changed considerably over the last ten to fifteen years.  It’s now easier to find red, white, blue or neon shoes than it is the traditional black leather.  Although many of these changes in soccer shoes are cosmetic, there is some published research suggesting that certain types of cleats may lead to an…

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Tennis Elbow Physiotherapy

Every sport has its own set of demands on the body.  From previous blogs we’ve learned that hockey players are somewhat prone to adductor injuries and swimmers often experience shoulder impingement.  For this blog, we’re going to examine the common and problematic condition of lateral elbow and arm pain experienced by many tennis, squash and…

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Orthotics Burlington

Custom Orthotics Custom foot orthotics are shoe inserts (similar to insoles) that are constructed from a mold of your foot. They are designed to stabilize and somewhat modify any problems with your feet so that you can treat or prevent various injuries. Keep in mind that these injuries don’t just have to be with your…