Are Sports Therapy Clinics Only Used When An Injury Has Occurred?

It’s interesting to note how people often take better care of the things they own than they do their bodies.  Take cars for example.  Frequently, owners make faithful priority of their car maintenance:  scheduling oil changes, tire rotations even detailing and car washes, with fluids all topped up to boot.  So why is it people often wait until they’re njured to visit sports therapy clinics?  That’s like waiting until you have engine trouble before visiting your mechanic for a tune up! The truth is, people are creatures of habit and are often reactive rather than proactive.  It often takes an injury, trauma or condition that can no longer be tolerated to prompt a person to seek treatment.  But what many fail to realize is that listening to the body and early symptoms, a problem can easily be solved.  The alternative is waiting until the condition becomes unbearable, and why on earth would you ever choose to do that?! Whether you’re an athlete or non-athlete, there are simple things you can be doing to prevent injury or worsening existing conditions, and such steps often involve the services of sports therapy clinics.  You will find they not only treat the injured but...

LIVE LEAN offers a simple, realistic, sustainable weight loss solution

TORONTO - According to Statistics Canada, more than half of Canadians are overweight or obese. And while most people may lose weight on a diet, very few have managed to keep the weight off permanently. To address this issue, Athletic Edge Sports Medicine clinic is launching the new 12-week LIVE LEAN Weight Management Program on March 20, downtown Toronto. “We are really excited about LIVE LEAN because it teaches people step-by-step how to eat healthy, improve their fitness and build habits that that can lead to permanent weight loss,” says Dr. Grant Lum, founder and owner of Athletic Edge Sports Medicine. “It helps people overcome the barriers to a healthy lifestyle and establish an eating and exercising regime that suits their unique needs, food and exercise preferences and lifestyle.” The program was created and will be led by Stefanie Senior, Registered Dietitian and Trina Lambe, Certified Fitness Trainer and Kinesiologist. Stefanie managed the Steps to LessTM Weight Management program at St. Michael’s Hospital for three years and now has a private nutrition consulting practice. Trina is the founder and owner of Train by Trina, a premier personal training agency. LIVE LEAN includes nutrition education, fitness training, behaviour modification techniques, professional and...

Lateral epicondylosis and calcific tendonitis in a golfer: a case report and literature review

Written by: Erik Yuill, Chiropractor, Athletic Edge Sports Medicine Published in: The Journal of Canadian Chiropractors Association ABSTRACT Objective To detail the progress of a young female amateur golfer who developed chronic left arm pain while playing golf 8 months prior to her first  treatment visit. Clinical Features Findings included pain slightly distal to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow, decreased grip strength, and positive orthopedic testing. Diagnostic ultrasound showed thickening of the common extensor tendon origin indicating lateral epicondylosis. Radiographs revealed an oval shaped calcified density in the soft tissue adjacent to the lateral humeral epicondyle, indicating calcific tendonitis of the common extensor tendon origin. Intervention and Outcome Conventional care was aimed at decreasing the repetitive load on the common extensor tendon, specifically the extensor carpi radialis brevis. Soft tissue techniques, exercises and stretches, and an elbow brace helped to reduce repetitive strain. Outcome measures included subjective pain ratings, and follow up imaging 10 weeks after treatment began. Conclusion A young female amateur golfer with chronic arm pain diagnosed as lateral epicondylosis and calcific tendonitis was relieved of her pain after 7 treatments over 10 weeks of soft tissue and physical therapy focusing specifically on optimal healing and decreasing the...

Causes Of Joint Pain Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis

Ahh the joy of joints…they bend, they move…and sometimes they hurt. If you suffer from joint pain you are not alone. Joint pain is actually so common it affects hundreds of thousands of people throughout Canada. There are many causes of joint pain, with the two most common being:  injury, and disease of the joint (or of the tissues that surround the joint). But, identifying joint pain is trickier than it sounds as you need to first truly determine if the pain youre experiencing is actually in the joint. Joints, by definition, are areas where two bones meet to provide motion to a particular body part, for instance: knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, hips and wrists.  The essential stuff (!) But joints are separated by cartilage and ligaments that attach the bones around the joint. Then there are tendons that helpfully attach muscle to the bone around the joint.  The problem is: cartilage, ligaments and tendons are ALL also prone to injury, so the sensation of pain in the joint region does not automatically mean you have injured the joint itself.   If you self-diagnose and try and treat the area the wrong way, you wont be solving the problem. The causes...

“The Anterior Cruciate Ligament – Stabilizing and Recovering from a Torn ACL”

A torn ACL sounds like a mystery unless you've ever had one.  Described by those unfortunate to be stricken by one as a loud popping sound followed by an intense and sharp pain in the knee,  a torn ACL usually happens in an abrupt movement or sport, like shifting directions, weaving around guards while moving a basketball down court. Shortly after tearing an ACL the knee joint will begin to swell, making it very difficult to straighten the leg or even walk.   ACL tears happen more frequently than you think. If you feel you may have injured your ACL take heart, you will heal, but not without some help.   Read on. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is actually one of the most important ligaments to the human body.  Found behind the knee cap, extending through the middle of the knee joint between the shinbone and the thigh bone, this vital ligament prevents your thighbone from sliding backwards onto your tibia and also stabilizes the knee, preventing it from rotating. ACL injuries are very common in athletes, but aren't restricted to them. People that would describe themselves as simply very active can also experience an ACL tear. High impact movement or contact...

LIVE LEAN Weight Management Program – OPEN HOUSE!

You are invited to attend the: LIVE LEAN Weight Management Program - OPEN HOUSE! Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM   Location:  Simcoe Place at 200 Front Street W, concourse level, Toronto, ON, M5V-3K2 Join us on March 6th to learn more about the LIVE LEAN Weight Management Program starting on March 20th and to enter a draw for your chance to take this 12-week NUTRITION AND FITNESS program for FREE! Register now! Space is limited. Call 416 800 0800 to reserve your spot! Program Description: LIVE LEAN offers a complete and permanent weight  loss solution through a unique combination of nutrition, fitness, behavior and lifestyle strategies.  Developed and led by Registered Dietitian, Stefanie Senior and Certified Fitness Trainer and Kinesiologist, Trina Lambe, this 12-week program will  EDUCATE, GUIDE and EMPOWER you to make positive changes to your life and help you to reach your nutrition, fitness and weight loss goals. Visit our website for program details: live lean weight management program/ Check your health benefits plan! LIVE LEAN falls under Registered Dietitian services. Call 416 800 0800 to register or to book your FREE 15  minute consultation with Stefanie Senior, RD to help you determine if LIVE LEAN is right for you! We hope to hear from you! Stefanie Senior,...

Why Do Athletes Use Sports Therapy Clinics?

Sports therapy clinics, also known as sports medicine clinics, are clinics that specialize in sports medicine. Sports medicine clinics offer physical therapy but also a host of other services that cater to sports injuries and conditions. Why do athletes use sports therapy clinics? Sports therapy clinics don't just treat the injured. They also focus on preventative medicine and education to help the athletes avoid injury altogether. Typically sports injury clinics will specialize in injuries or conditions that affect the head, spine, neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, hip, pelvis, knee, leg, ankle and foot. Common injuries treated at sports therapy clinics include concussions, osteoporosis, fractures, sprains, herniated disks, chronic instability in bones and joints, dislocations, rotator cuff tears,  joint tears, burners and stingers, tendon dysfunction, muscle strains, injuries to the ACL, MCL, or PCL, torn cartilage, pulled hamstrings and more. Sports therapy clinics also typically treat conditions such as; arthritis, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis  lumbar spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, tendinitis, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow, femoroacetabular impingement, burning thighs, discoid meniscus, runners knee, osteonecrosis, adult flat foot, clubfoot, bone spurs, tendon dysfunction, sesamoiditis, claw toe and more. Many conditions treated in sports therapy clinics affect hundreds of thousands of non- athletes as...

Kobe Bryant Learns That His Foot Pain was Caused by Plantar Fasciitis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What exactly is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Faciitis: tricky to say and extremely unpleasant to experience! Pronounced PLAN-tar fah-cee-EYE-tis, this foot condition specifically refers to the bottom of the foot.  Fascia - Latin for the tough, fibrous outer casting of muscle - becomes irritated and inflamed making it painful to walk. If caught early Plantar Faciitis is easier to remedy than if you wait until it becomes chronic.  This painful, annoying condition frequently affects athletes, among them Kobe Bryant who learned in 2004 that Plantar Faciitis was the cause of his foot pain. Kobe Bryant is not alone. Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and tennis player Pete Sampras were also reported to have suffered from Plantar Fasciitis. In May of 2011, Sports Illustrated reported that Scott Podsednik of the Toronto Blue Jays was working diligently towards a full recovery from his plantar fasciitis. Though athletes like these have faced treatment for Plantar Faciitis, it's actually a condition that most frequently plagues runners. Learn more about Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis Keeping You Off Your Feet? Sonocur Shockwave Therapy Could Be The Solution Plantar Fasciitis Surgery May Be Avoided Through The Use of Custom Foot Orthotics How & Why Athletes Get...

Valentine’s Day Promotion

A Valentine's Day Gift that Keeps on Giving! Therapeutic Couples Massage with Training This package includes: 1. A 30 min. massage by our massage therapist, for each partner 2. A 30 min. training session to teach couples how to massage one another 3. Plus a FREE gift massage tool and massage oil   Rejuvenate your relationship this Valentine's Day with a gift, that will be sure to please.   Call 416-800-0800 for more information ***individual massage gift certificates are also available***