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X-rays for Back Pain

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of discussion online about how imaging findings don’t usually relate to a person’s pain.  It seems to be the current trend in social media, for practitioners to criticize the value of imaging results and how they relate to a person’s condition.  Like many “new” ideas in musculoskeletal research, things become trendy among…

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Lower Back Pain and the Diaphragm

Lower back pain is a very complex topic.  We’ve posted many blogs on our site regarding back pain and the various subcategories that are related to it.  The cause of lower back pain, the natural course of it, treatment options, prognosis, and prevention, are all examples of different areas for discussion.  Spinal stability is just…

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Foam Rolling for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Are you feeling sore after starting a new exercise or increasing your exercise intensity?  You may have delayed onset muscle soreness, often referred to as DOMS. What is delayed onset muscle soreness? Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is an exercise-related pain that occurs in your muscles (not joints), after a new or unusually intense exercise. …

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Understanding the Forces of Sport Injury

Imagine a cardboard box. It’s a fairly stable structure that can withstand a certain amount of weight placed on it.  For example, if you placed a one-pound weight on that box it would likely be able to hold that amount of compression.  Now imagine adding another one-pound weight and continue to add weights one by one.…

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Alternatives to Medication for Treating Low Back Pain

The American College of Physicians recently published new guidelines for treating non-radicular low back pain. With concern mounting about narcotics prescribed for back pain (Oxycontin, Percocet) and misuse and overdose becoming prevalent, research is focusing on safe, non-invasive methods of treating low back pain. The College identifies acute low back pain as lasting up to…

businessman with sore back

Common Tips for Lower Back Pain

For this week’s blog, we’re just going to touch on some very common recommendations for lower back pain.  Keep in mind, the advice for anyone with lower back pain needs to be individualised. For any advice to be appropriate for someone with lower back pain, the practitioner needs to know what the diagnosis is and…

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What is the Best Pillow for Neck Pain?

What is the best pillow for neck pain? Being a chiropractic, massage and physiotherapy clinic, this question gets asked a lot.  The standard answer that I have always given my patients is that it is “trial and error”.  You must try one out and make note of what you are trying (whether it be feather,…

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Neck Braces for Neck Pain

At Burlington Sports Therapy, we practice in an evidence-based manner.  That means we try to base our recommendations and our treatment approach on research so that the care we deliver to our patients is the best it can be. Although some clinical decisions are based on a practitioner’s experience and opinion, there is usually research…