Sciatica back pain patient

Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

pt Health Back pain, Limb pain, Pain

  The word “sciatica” seems to be thrown around quite often in the physical medicine world but what does it really mean when a clinician tells you that you have sciatica? In this blog post, we’ll define sciatica, talk about signs and symptoms of sciatica, discuss possible causes of sciatica, and finally address some drug-free treatment options.  What is Sciatica? To begin …

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Webinar: Knee Osteoarthritis and Bracing

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Events, Knee pain

      Watch this webinar on demand, just click the register now button to get started, or click here. Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease affecting the knee joints, and it is considered the most common cause of arthritis pain with 16 million people affected by the disease annually. 1 million Canadians live with knee OA, with one …

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Man with erectile dysfunction thinks about physiotherapy treatment

Treating Erectile Dysfunction with Physiotherapy

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Pelvic health

  Though it may be both frustrating and embarrassing, suffering from erectile dysfunction is a common problem for men from a wide range of age groups. In a recent study of about 4,000 Canadian men between the ages of 40 and 88, almost half had issues of erectile dysfunction. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney …

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A woman with De Quervain's tenosynovitis holds her thumb due to pain.

Is This Serious? Why Does My Thumb Hurt?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Is this serious?, Limb pain

  Sometimes all you want to know is if something is serious or not. Experiencing pain at the base of your thumb or a sticking catching feeling when you move your thumb can be worrisome for sure. If you’re experiencing pain, pinching or swelling at the base of your thumb it could be de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis pronounced dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis). While …

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We Answer the Most Googled Physiotherapy Questions

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Ask a Clinician

  According to Google, “one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information.” That’s not a surprising statistic, after all, we’ve all done it. Google is increasingly becoming our first stop in gathering relevant health information. From small aches and pains to more pressing concerns. Here we’ll answer the most Googled questions about Physiotherapy. Is physiotherapy covered by OHIP? The …

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Dr. Mike Manhas, Doctor of Chiropractic at Advantage Health Royal Oak and Castleridge in Edmonton Alberta.

Chiropractor Spotlight: Dr. Mike Manhas

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Spotlight

  We love celebrating our team members and their accomplishments. We’ve said it before, but clinician spotlights are some of our favourite posts. We love talking about our fantastic clinicians because it lets us celebrate their accomplishments, and learn a little more about the people that make working at pt Health so great. Today we’re spotlighting our first Chiropractor and the …

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How to Choose the Right TENS Unit

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities, Pain Relief

  From now until December 31st, 2017, we have a great promotion on TENS units. You can save up to $70 on your purchase! As a result, we are often asked “Do TENS units really work?” the answer is yes. TENS units are proven effective in treating pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, sports injury, menstruation, migraines and more.  We’ve talked about TENS machine in …

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5 Reasons to Try Dry Needling For Pain Relief

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities

Dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) or myofascial trigger point dry needling uses the same thin, solid needles that are used in acupuncture. Skilled physiotherapists insert the needles into the skin and muscle to directly target tight knots of muscle called trigger points that cause and refer pain throughout the body. If your physiotherapist has suggested you try …

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Can Physiotherapy Help Swelling After Breast Cancer Surgery?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Is This Normal?

  Did you know that physiotherapy can help treat the swelling that can occur after breast cancer surgery and treatment? If you’ve undergone treatment for breast cancer, you may notice that your hand and arm have become swollen and painful. Your healthcare team may have used terms like ‘lymphedema’ and ‘manual lymphatic drainage,’ but what do these words actually mean? …

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