Category Archives: Sports medicine

Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injury

Who is at risk for falling and what can we do about it?

Introduction: Falls have a large impact on the overall health and quality of life in older adults.  It has been estimated that 30-60% of older, community-dwelling adults experience a fall each year and that approximately half of these individuals experience … Continue reading

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Does specificity of manipulation matter in the treatment of chronic low back pain?

Recently, many in the manual therapy community have been questioning the mechanisms of how spinal manipulation works.  While some hold onto the belief that spinal manipulation has more of a biomechanical and structural influence, others believe the effects to be … Continue reading

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Does your patient have patellofemoral pain? Don’t forget the hip…

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common diagnosis seen in our Physical Therapy clinics. It is actually the most commonly diagnosed condition of the knee in patients less than 50 years old. The condition is often perceived as difficult to … Continue reading

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Functional Fascial Taping: Does it have an effect on pain and function in those with non-specific LBP?

Introduction: Non-specific low back pain (NLBP) has been a heavily investigated topic in the literature over the past decade.  This is likely due to its prevalence as well as direct and indirect economic impacts.1,2 Recently, there has been literature to … Continue reading

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Don’t ignore the importance of the therapeutic alliance

The profound effect that clinical interactions have on our patients is often downplayed by the modern clinician.  We often attribute clinical success and outcomes to the tools we use and how they improve mobility, ROM or strength.  But how often … Continue reading

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Claudication May Result in Fear of Movement/(Re)injury and Activity Avoidance

Claudication, derived from the Latin word claudicare (“to limp”), is a symptom of progressive leg or back pain that occurs with ambulation and activity.  This symptom affects millions of individuals worldwide and generally has two major origins: neurogenic and vascular. … Continue reading

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Pain After Surgery: Why Do Some Patients Still Hurt?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most commonly occurring joint disease, affecting millions of aging individuals across the globe.  Incidence rates have shown to be as high as 26 million in North America alone, and the progression is physiologically related to the … Continue reading

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