Muscle and Joint Blog

June 29, 2018

How To Lift Your Luggage

In the flurry of packing for a vacation or business trip, it’s easy to get carried away and pack every­thing but the kitchen sink into your suitcase and carry-on. But over-packed luggage and improper lifting and carrying techniques are common causes of injury to the back, neck and shoulders. The good news is many of these injuries can be easily prevented. The following tips can help take the pain out […]
June 29, 2018

Get In The Game Without The Pain

One key to success on the golf course can’t be found at the pro shop. It’s the physical condition of the golfer. Pain shouldn’t be par for the course. Stay in the game by protecting your back. When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a golf swing and the fact that the speed of the club can reach 160 km/hour, it’s easy to understand that golf puts significant […]
June 29, 2018

10 Great Probiotic Foods

By Dr Ayesha Qureshi Did you know that the gut has a strong influence on your immune system? Keeping your gut healthy is an essential step in keeping your whole body healthy! Incorporating probiotics in the diet is one recommendation I often tell my patients to help improve their gut. Probiotics are live bacterial organisms that are beneficial to your overall health. There are many factors that can affect the […]
June 29, 2018

‘Not Even Water?’ – The Benefits Of Fasting

May marked the beginning of Ramadan, an Islamic month that consists of fasting 30 consecutive days from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan involves abstaining from food and drink throughout the day, and focusing more on good human values and spirituality. To get an idea of what a typical day in Ramadan was like, here is a brief outline: 3:25am to 4am – eating Suhoor (the pre-fast meal) This consisted of eating […]
May 24, 2018

Benefits Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C 🍊 Which fruits are your favourite sources of vitamin C? Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is so essential to overall health and wellbeing. 🍊–>Its an antioxidant, protecting the cells from harmful molecules (free radicals) and oxidative stress. 🍋–> It increases the absorption of iron. If you have low iron stores, taking vitamin C rich foods or a supplement can help increase your […]
May 24, 2018

Why Do My Joints ‘Snap’, “Crackle’ and ‘Pop’

It is something we all experience – knees and shoulders snapping and popping with movement. It is a phenomenon that has caused much curiosity amongst my patients, so hopefully today we can shed some light on why joints pop. Firstly, it may be a good idea to put your mind at ease, most snapping and popping, despite how loud it can be, is very normal and does not pose any […]
May 24, 2018

My First 10km Run

The Mississauga Marathon took place on May 5th and 6th. Although I am not much of a runner, I thought I would give the 10km a try. Running the 10km was a goal I had set for myself after losing 30 lbs in four months; details of that process can be found here. For the 10km run, I began my training in January. I’m not much of a runner, so […]
April 27, 2018

Are You Addicted To Your Phone?

The term used to describe this addiction is called nomophobia, short for ‘No Mobile Phone Phobia’, and now there is a test to measure this addiction. This test, developed by the University of Iowa, asks 20 simple questions after which a score is given to determine your addictiveness. Give it a try and see how you do! Are you a smartphone junkie? Rate each item on a scale of 1 […]
April 27, 2018

Are You A Smombie?

Are You A Smombie? By Dr Malik We are all addicted to our phones: in a short time they have become the center of our lives, the spot usually reserved for children! And it is no surprise, these devices are incredible, borderline magical. But as incredible as these devices are, they are addicting and causing numerous health problems.  The average American, and for argument sake we can assume Canadian, checks […]
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? […]
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