INFORMATION ABOUT INJURIES AND CONDITIONS

Knowledge is power! Part of our job at Quality Care Sports Injury & Rehab Inc. is educating you with regards to your injury. We will always discuss aspects of your injury with you like (but not limited to): what your symptoms mean (i.e. nerve pain can feel different than that of a muscle), possible reasons why the injury could have happened (for example poor posture or prolonged positions), how your body heals as well as ways you can help quicken your recovery time.

Several times per year, we produce newsletters to help you, the client, understand certain injuries and conditions.

Sometimes an article can help you make sense of symptoms you have been experiencing before talking to a health care practitioner and/or may even prompt you to take action and visit a therapist regarding your pain or dysfunction.

The list of topics below is by no means inclusive of the conditions we treat or the advice we have to offer! Please check back often as we post more and more helpful information about your health!

1) Oh no! You slipped, fell, broke a bone, and now you are in a cast, sling, brace or walking boot for several weeks. If you are feeling helpless about how you can avoid the unwanted side effects of being casted or immobilized, like the loss of muscle mass and strength, please click on and read our newsletter regarding Cross Education. Cross Education is using your non-immobilized (or "good") limb to do exercises that will keep your casted limb stronger and reduce the amount of muscle wasting you experience!

2) Golf has been named the most popular sport among Canadians, with numbers ranging from 1.5 to 5.95 million Canadian "golfers". We have produced two newsletters with regards to this favourite Canadian pastime - one which describes some things to do to prevent injury, entitled Golf Injuries and Prevention, and one which describes ways your physical body may be hindering your performance and causing you low back pain, entitled Golf and Low Back Pain; An Unhappy Couple.

3) Have you ever experienced pain down the back of your leg and figured "I must have pulled a hammy!"? Click on the following title to see if you are really experiencing muscle pain in the back of your leg, or if it could be nerve pain stemming from your low back! Hamstring Strain or Sciatic Pain?

4) With every stride or every reach, your muscles must change length to accommodate this movement. What may be less apparent though, is that our spinal cord and nerves must also shorten or lengthen to produce the movement. Nerves extend from the spinal cord to the tips of your fingers or toes, and must travel through canals, holes and tubes in our muscles and fascia to do so. Sometimes, past or present injury or immobilization can create an area where the nerve or spinal cord gets "stuck" and therefore it can no longer change length correctly, hindering the movement and potentially causing pain. Click on the following to learn more about Mobilization of the Nervous System

5) More and more jobs require us to sit at desks for several hours on end. This has created a host of new overuse injuries. If you click on the following link for Office Ergonomics you will learn how your work station and computer should be set-up to help avoid these injuries!

6) It's not a topic that most of us want to discuss, however Bladder or Urinary Incontinence affects 28 percent of women ages 30 to 39, 41 percent of those 40 to 49 and almost half of all women 50 and older, according to a University of Washington survey. Recent estimates by the National Institutes of Health suggest that 17 percent of men over age 60, experience urinary incontinence, with this percentage increasing with age. Incontinence is treatable and often curable at all ages. Recruiting your pelvic floor muscles starts most simply with correcting your posture. Read on to learn more - Posture and its Relationship to Incontinence.

7) Are you experiencing jaw pain? Not only should you consider a visit to your dentist, but also consider a visit to your therapist! The jaw is the most used joint in the body! Athletic Therapists, Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists are joint pain specialists! Please read the following two publications with regards to jaw pain - Temporomandibular Joint Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Pain - How Therapy May Help!

8) Is there a reason why some people never resolve painful conditions or are continually being injured? The SFMATM (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is an assessment tool used by the therapist to determine if certain fundamental movement patterns are functional or dysfunctional. If a movement pattern is dysfunctional, participating in activities or sports requiring aspects of this movement could lead to pain and injury and/or reduced performance. Click on the following link to see if an SFMA is right for you! The Selective Functional Movement Assessment

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