AESM Hosting Active Shoulder Clinical Seminar

As part of our continuing commitment to education, AESM will be hosting an "Active Shoulder Clinical Seminar" on November 15-16. This workshop is designed to help any clinician focus on the key anatomy of the shoulder, refine their diagnostic skills and examine better ways to treat the shoulder. These seminars will offer a comprehensive look at what the clinician needs to successfully treat a variety of shoulder problems. Interactive lectures, live demonstrations, video reviews and extensive Q&A. Call us @ 416.800.0800 for more information.

Dr. Grant Lum’s recent article in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery

Check out this recent article, “The Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis,??? from Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, co-authored by AESM’s own Dr. Grant Lum. In it, Lum and his colleagues discuss the current research on platelet-rich plasma as a therapeutic intervention in the management of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Athletic Edge Sports Medicine has the experience and knowledge to get you moving again. Call us today at 1 416 800 0800. Article-The Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment

AESM Receives Glowing Testimonial from Renowned Choreographer Jacob Niedzwiecki!

Famed Choreographer, filmmaker and creative technologist Jacob Niedzwiecki recently worked with AESM on a recent performance – and had great things to say about it! ???Dear Grant,  Jacqueries was a risky show, and it ended up a big success with critics and audiences. I wanted to say thanks for seeing me so quickly during the run and helping me get through the rest of it. So from the entire cast, crew, and extended family of Jacqueries: thanks for helping us bring this crazy endeavour to life. We couldn’t have done it with you. xo Jake???

Treat Your Back to Some Much Needed Relief: Chiropractic Care for Chronic Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain you are no doubt aware of how debilitating this pain can be. Everyday tasks that once seemed simple can become difficult, sometimes even impossible, and finding relief can be tough. There are a number of different causes for chronic back pain, ranging from extreme physical exertion to falling to bending or crouching repeatedly. When you participate in a sporting activity that can lead to chronic back pain, the inability to continue can come about rapidly, and not seeking treatment can often make the problem worse. Over the years, chiropractic care for chronic back pain has become more popular as a proven method for relief. There are a variety of techniques used by chiropractors to manipulate and adjust joints that are misaligned. These help to reduce your back pain and restore normal function. Two of the most common chiropractic treatment methods are the Active Release Technique and the Graston Technique. Each offers its own benefits. Active Release Technique: Active Release Technique is a movement-based massage system which locates and breaks up scar tissue. This scar tissue is usually the cause of any chronic pain, weakness, stiffness or numbness associated with soft-tissue injuries. This treatment...

NHL Season is Here – Are You Avoiding Hockey Injuries?

The NHL season has started and players all across North America are gearing up for the fight for the ever-elusive Stanley Cup. The ice is being readied for games across both nations and team therapists are readying team members for the added strains of season play. These doctors are working to help the pros avoid hockey injuries to keep them on the ice – but what are you doing to avoid them? Just because you don’t play professional hockey doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take those injuries, and their avoidance, seriously.  What kinds of injuries are we talking about? Here are some of the most common hockey injuries sustained during regular (or occasional) play. Thanks mainly to the forward posture of skating and the frequent hyperextension stress, lower back pain or pulled muscles in the back are some of the most common hockey injuries that affect the back. These can often be avoided with proper stretching of the hip, as well as training, to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. However, if you have already damaged these muscles and are suffering from an injury that keeps you off of the ice, a chiropractor may be your key to relief. Chiropractic...

Feeling the Winter Blues Already? How Athletic Therapy Can Help You Prep for Winter Activity

With November in full swing and the long winter months spread out ahead of us, what a perfect time to talk about winter activity and how athletic therapy can help prep you for the season! Inactivity during the cold winter months is never a smart option, but neither is heading out and pretending it is June.  Being ready to beat the winter blues is crucial if you want to stay emotionally and physically pain free over the winter. One of the most common complaints individuals have through winter months revolves around the weather's effect on osteoarthritis. If you have osteoarthritis of the knee you know what the cold can do to heighten this condition, so why not deal with the pain? An effective method for treatment of osteoarthritis is to attend a sports medicine clinic that offers treatment specific to this condition. This may include physiotherapy, viscosupplementation or custom knee bracing, either in combination or separately. These can help to reduce pain and increase movement in the knee, making winter activity a breeze. What about running? You can’t run in the winter the same as you would in July, so make sure you adjust to the change in environment with...

Run, Don’t Walk! Avoid Running Injuries During This Year’s Zombie Walk

“Brains…brains…??? Okay, a little over the top, but, come on, it's the Halloween season! And what better way to celebrate than to participate in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk on October 26th at Nathan Phillips Square. Why not get dressed up and join the festivities and excitement while beholding amazing costumes? And this year organizers have even added a bit more fun to the event with a spooky, fun Halloween parade. But wait!! What if your walk looks like a zombie walk even when you are not taking part in this fun event? If you have sustained an injury that caused you to limp or favour one leg/ankle/foot over the other, it might be time to seek out some relief from those running injuries… If you are a runner, you are no doubt aware of the long list of common running injuries that accompanies this sport. Here's our list of the top 3 – and how a running injury clinic can help you deal with each of them: Runner’s Knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome). Many running injuries are knee injuries, and a knee injury can be debilitating no matter the severity. Runner’s knee happens when the cartilage on the underside of...

Prepare for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with Professional Athletic Therapy

October 20th marks the advent of the annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, a 5km, half-marathon or full marathon in support of such charities as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Autism Dog Services and St. Christopher’s House. This is a brilliant opportunity to raise some money for wonderful organizations while participating in a great event! Preparing for a marathon can be a big undertaking. In order to compete you need to be in top form – especially if you want to avoid the pain and strain that can accompany this sport. One wise way to ensure your body is ready is to have a proper fitness assessment – and a sports medicine specialist is the perfect professional to turn to! This assessment can identify any issues and address them effectively. If you are recovering from an injury, athletic therapy is an important resource to consider for readying your body ready for a marathon. If you are an avid runner but have sustained a running injury, an injured runner’s clinic might be the best place to start. Your sports medicine specialist can assess the injury, identify underlying issues that led to the injury and help determine a long-term routine to get you...

Avoid Workplace Injury and Improve Employee Comfort with a Professional Ergonomic Assessment

Time equals money, no matter what business you are in. When employees effectively spend their time performing, the company's end results will reflect this. However, if your employees are not comfortable, or worse, are in pain, their work will suffer. Providing a healthy, safe and comfortable workspace should be a big part of your company mandate – after all, if you want employees to perform, they can’t be focusing on unnecessary details that are not work related. This is why an ergonomic assessment is so important. Not really familiar with the term and what it implies? Well, ergonomics is a science that investigates the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It considers an employee's abilities and limitations in an attempt to see that their workspace and daily tasks are not only suitable, but optimal. Often, discussions surrounding office ergonomics revolve around the best chairs or keyboards, but your workplace ergonomic assessment should go well beyond this. Replacing a few items in the office may be advantageous, but making sure the set-up is ergonomically sound is even better. If your employees are suffering from back or knee pain, sore feet or other discomfort as a result of repetitive work such as...

MLB World Series Kicks Off: Avoiding Baseball Injuries Like The Pros

This month's kick-off of The World Series of Major League Baseball sends players to the field to compete for the championship title. Whether you're an avid fan who plays on a weekly team or just like to head out for a friendly weekend face-off, baseball injuries are a common hindrance to any player’s game - not to mention potentially debilitating – keeping you from the plate for weeks at a time (or longer)! There are two main types of baseball injuries: cumulative and acute. Cumulative injuries occur overtime, largely as a result of overuse. Aches and pains caused by stress on the muscles, soft tissues or joints can quickly turn into incapacitating injuries if left untreated. Acute injuries are caused by sudden impact or force, rather than from stress. These can be quite dramatic. The most common baseball injuries include damage to the shoulder, elbow, back, hand and wrist or knee. Shoulder: -        Shoulder tendinitis, bursitis -        Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) -        Torn rotator cuff or rotator cuff tendonitis -        Shoulder separation Elbow: -        Medial epicondylitis (also known as golfer’s elbow) -        Bursitis -        Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) Back: -        Lower back pain -        Herniated disks -        Muscle strains Hand...