A concussion is a transient, functional disturbance that temporarily alters the way our brains work. The majority of concussed individuals (80-90%) have no symptoms within 7-10 days after injury (McCrory et al, 2013). Nevertheless, 10-15% of concussed individuals will experience symptoms longer than 10 days. The international classification of diseases (ICD-10) classifies post-concussion syndrome (PCS) as … Continue reading Concussions and Difficulty Concentrating
What are the Benefits of Orthotics? The purpose of this two-part series is to explain the benefits of orthotics. Before, we proceed I wanted to state that it is my professional opinion that although orthotics are beneficial to some, not every patient needs them. I believe that for certain individuals, similar benefits can be achieved with rehab … Continue reading What are the Benefits of Orthotics? Part 1
It has long been the mentality of professional and recreational athletes a like that stretching before an athletic competition prevents injury, reduces next day soreness (delayed onset muscle soreness – DOMS) and improves performance. However, it is important to look at the evidence to see if this old adage holds true. So what does the … Continue reading Stretching Before an Athletic Competition
One of the most commonly asked questions by patients when dealing with new (acute) or long-standing (chronic) injuries is, “should I use ice after an injury”? The majority of healthcare providers advise icing for new injuries (onset to 72 hrs), and then heat for injuries of a longer duration. The purpose of this post is … Continue reading Should I Use Ice After an Injury?
This power-point presentation covers running shoes and orthotics. This presentation was created for a learn to run group. It covers everything from how to select a running shoe to running shoes and injury prevention. As well as how orthotics work. Click here to view presentation Click here for more information on orthotics.
Captain of the 2015/16 Kitchener Dutchmen, Connor Cole is demonstrating the NHL physical exertion test. The Blackhawks test was designed by the Chicago Blackhawks medical staff. A concussion is an energy deficit. The purpose of the NHL (Chicago Blackhawks) physical exertion test is to exhaust an athlete, draining their energy. The Blackhawks test is a 28 minute, … Continue reading Dutchmen Captain Connor Cole Takes on the Blackhawks Test
The majority of the general public has heard of carpel tunnel syndrome, even if they do not exactly know what it is. Carpel tunnel syndrome is an entrapment of the median nerve as it travels through the carpel tunnel. This syndrome is common knowledge because it’s the number one nerve entrapment of the upper limb. … Continue reading Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
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What are Tension Headaches? Headaches are among the most prevalent healthcare disorders affecting North Americans. The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension-type headaches affect 30 – 80 % of the general population (women are 2x’s more likely to be afflicted) with the average individual experiencing tension headaches twice a month. Three … Continue reading Tension Headaches and Post Concussion Syndrome
This winter has appeared to come and go with little more than a whimper and if you’re like me you’re probably itching to get outside and enjoy the fantastic weather that is around the corner. For some individuals this will entail running, biking and recreational sports. The one unifying factor for all of these people … Continue reading Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: The Bane of the Novice Runner