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Our spinal columns contain a series of bones, known as vertebrae, that are stacked on top of each other. Each bone is protected by a disc that acts as a cushion. Discs absorb the shocks that happen due to our daily activities. When we walk, lift, twist – basically any movement we make – these discs keep our bones from rubbing against each other and becoming damaged from shocks. However, when we get hurt these discs can slip. If you are undergoing accident rehabilitation, you are probably very familiar with this. For those who aren’t undergoing traction treatment or rehab for back issues, below you’ll get an idea of what happens when you slip a disc. What Does Slipping A Disc Actually Mean? Each of our discs has a gelatinous inner part that is encased in an outer ring. After an accident, wrong movement, or even from the aging process,…

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Your physiotherapist’s goal is to ensure that you get the most out of your sessions and give you the tools necessary to continue your recovery at home. You’ve probably made New Year’s resolutions to better your life and your physiotherapist is no exception. They want you to fully recover and to do so, here are five New Year’s resolutions a physiotherapist makes to help you get back to being you: Help You Destress Stress plagues us all, especially in the…

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Millions of people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents across the country. The injuries resulting from the collision can be as varied as the unique circumstances of each incident, though there are a few types of injuries that are more likely to occur than others. The most common auto-accident injuries include: Whiplash This is the most common soft-tissue injury caused by motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash is also referred to as hyperextension or cervical sprain/strain, and it occurs when…

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Medial epicondylitis, more commonly referred to as golfer’s elbow, refers to a painful condition that involves the tendons of the forearm muscles that are attached to the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow (medial epicondyle). In some cases, the pain spreads into the forearm and wrist. When the pain develops on the outside of the elbow through a similar set of events, it is referred to as tennis elbow. Other symptoms of golfer’s elbow include: Pain and…

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With the arrival of winter season, many people will be at risk of all kinds of injuries, from slips and falls, to sprains and strains, to serious back injuries when shovelling snow. It is important to take safety precautions to prevent injury, because even light fluffy snow can sustain serious back injuries if shovelled improperly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid low back pain and injuries when shovelling snow: Choose the right snow shovel Choosing an ergonomic…

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