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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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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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Should a prescriptive clinical prediction rule drive our decision making process in patients with LBP?

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons why patient seek Physical Therapy in an Outpatient setting.  A recent systematic review estimated that the 1-year incidence of first time low back pain ranges between 6.3 to 15.3%.   Reoccurrence … 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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Manual therapists can have a critical influence in the perception of body image in their clients – this is why…

Body dissatisfaction is common in both men and women. Both genders have negative responses to the media images of the idealised, slim, toned or muscled physique. Therapists working in close contact with clients can have a profound effect on how … Continue reading

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Deep Neck Flexor Endurance in Individuals with Neck Pain

The deep neck flexors (DNF) are a group of muscles that have been widely accepted for their importance in neck stabilization.   These muscles, which include the longus capitus and colli, work with the sternocleidomastoid (SCM), on the anterior aspect of … 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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