Muscle and Joint Blog

March 29, 2018

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear: Surgery Now Or Later?

It’s a question I get asked often, if I have a shoulder tear should I have surgery performed right away? In an ideal world it may be possible to have surgery performed immediately after an injury, however with our limited resources in the OHIP system, most patients usually have no choice but to wait six months to a year for shoulder surgery. So what should be done in the interim? […]
March 29, 2018

Work and Shoulder Pain: A Case Study

My Michelle Morris Registered Massage Therapist As an RMT, I come across a wide variety of back, neck, and shoulder pain, including those caused by physical jobs. About a year ago, a client came in to the clinic complaining of muscle pain in both shoulders, and difficulty raising his arms higher than his chest. This client is a construction worker and worked a lot with home improvement projects as well, […]
March 29, 2018

What’s my risk of sustaining an ACL injury while playing sports?

One in 29 female athletes and 1 in 50 male athletes ruptured their ACL in a window that spanned from 1season to 25 years. The incidence rate (IR) of ACL injury among female athletes in a season was 1.7 times higher than the IR of ACL injury among male athletes and the incidence proportion (IP) of ACL injury among female athletes was 1.5 times higher than the IP of ACL […]
March 29, 2018

Study: Can Pilates Help With Back Pain?

Pilates is a physical fitness system practiced by nearly 11 million people in the United States. A recent study suggested that two sessions of pilates exercises a week could help with non-specific chronic low back pain. Different doses of Pilates-based exercise therapy for chronic low back pain: a randomised controlled trial with economic evaluation OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and cost-utility of the addition of different doses of Pilates to […]
March 29, 2018

Can Neck Exercises Help With Depression?

A recent study in the Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy 2018 March 14, showed that patients suffering from neck pain reported a decrease in their depression symptoms after performing neck exercises. The study decided patients suffering from neck pain into three groups. The group that received the deep neck flexion exercises reported improvement in their neck pain as well as a clinically relevant improvement […]
March 29, 2018

Quick Tip: What’s The Best Way To Wash Pesticides Off Your Apples?

By Dr Ayesha Qureshi Naturopathic Doctor Fruits and vegetables are sprayed with many pesticides to help preserve crops longer. “Apples tend to have the most pesticides because of the chemicals applied to the crop before and after harvest to preserve them longer. And the longer your produce sits unwashed, the deeper the chemicals are absorbed.” So if your wondering what the best way to wash pesticides off your favourite apples? […]
March 29, 2018

Eight Weight Loss Strategies That Work

Summer is around the corner, and the common theme for most is weight loss. Here is a summary of eight weight loss tips as reported in TIME that actually work:   1. Eat a big breakfast – Skipping breakfast actually leads to weight gain, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It can also cause an increase in blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting […]
March 29, 2018

What You Need To Know About Opioids

Here is why opioids are a problem. Let’s say it is Saturday evening, and John, a 47 year-old healthy male just finished showering. He is about to step out of the tub, when his foot slips from under him. Uncontrollably he falls head over heels and lands on his back. He is in absolute agony. Unable to move he begins to cry out in pain. Luckily his wife is home […]
February 27, 2018

Recipe Of The Month! Pakistani Chapli Kebabs

Chapli kebab is a form of kebabs widely popular in Pakistan. Mixed together with a South Asian blend of spices, the beef is flattened into circles and shallow-fried. The patty must have a charred exterior for an authentic look and flavor! Serve in a bun with pickled red onions or with a side of pita bread. Add any traditional raita (yogurt dip) to your beautiful platter! Ingredients cooking spray 1 […]
February 27, 2018

Knee Pain In Pakistan: A Quick Case Study

While on my trip to Pakistan, I was able to treat a 51-year old woman, whom we shall name Ms. B. Ms. B was suffering from knee pain for the past 3 months. She lives on the third floor of a house that she recently moved into. She has great difficulty climbing the three flights of stairs, and at times needs the support of a cane. Because of her knee […]