Shockwave Therapy benefits

Shockwave Therapy: Common Conditions It Cures and Its Benefits

Persistent pain like chronic joint or muscle pain restricts you from carrying your day smoothly and often makes you feel lethargic and lousy. Chronic pain requires multiple sessions that can take up to more than 7 weeks to resolve. Not quite intriguing, is it? 

However, what might be compelling to you is the new highly popular SHOCKWAVE THERAPY that we acquire here at PhysioExperts in Kanata! 

WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY? 

Shockwave therapy is the most progressive non-surgical technology that helps to heal chronic inflammation, stimulates collagen (which connects and supports tissue), and also breaks up excessive calcium deposits. This therapy has proved to be a great leap of success in multiple disciplines like orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, etc. 

WHAT IS THE “MECHANISM OF ACTION” INVOLVED IN SHOCKWAVE THERAPY? 

Shockwave is an acoustic wave that carries the energy of low to high intensity promoting energy to the painful spot on your body. This energy endorses the healing process of the smallest tissue as well as the repairing process of the bones. 

The therapy is initiated in 3 simple steps

  1. Location of the area to be treated

This is done so by using palpation to precisely detect the location of the pain. 

  1. Gel application 

Applying gel helps to transfer the waves efficiently and smoothly.

  1. Therapy initiation

Finally, with utter care, the therapeutic motions of the shockwave machine begin under the supervision of an expert. 

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE SHOCKWAVE THERAPY? 

There are umpteen benefits of this painless treatment of which some are: 

  • Helps to stimulate blood flow necessary for the regeneration of new healthy cells and tissues
  • Accelerates the repairing and healing process of the scar tissues
  • Controls muscle spasms 
  • Helps consolidate ligament tear and tendon ruptures 
  • Heals chronic inflammation 
  • Breaks excessive calcium deposits 
  • Restoring mobility 
  • Relive pain and relax muscles


WHAT CONDITIONS DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY CURE?

Some common conditions for which shockwave therapy used are:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder tendonitis and calcifications
  • Achilles Tendon Pain
  • Neck and Back strains
  • Shin splints
  • Muscle trigger points
  • Chronic knee tendinitis
  • Shoulder rotator cuff pain
  • Hamstring tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Hamstring tears
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Stress fracture
  • Tennis elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Scar tissue

The effectiveness of shockwave therapy is excellent, typically with a success rate of 90% when combined with exercise therapy. Many times, relief is achieved after just 2 or 3 sessions, with an overall success rate of: 

  • 91% for calcific tendinitis of the shoulder and Achilles tendinopathies
  • 90% for plantar fasciitis
  • 77% for tennis elbow

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY? 

Shockwave therapy shows minimal to no side effects but, you may expect mild bruising, swelling, numbness or tingling sensation in the treated area. However, these are all a result of increased blood flow to the injured spot and the constructive repair of damaged tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. This is a pathway to optimal recovery that is appealing to athletes especially. 

DID YOU KNOW, a consistent course of shockwave therapy could save you from undergoing surgery? 

To know more about Shockwave Therapy Treatment in Ottawa, book an appointment with us at PhysioExperts in Kanata. 

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Stiff Upper Back

How a Stiff Upper Back Can Spiral into More Issues and What to Do About It?

Is the work-from-home situation turning you into a couch potato due to lack of physical activity? This could be one reason behind the sturdiness of your thoracic spine leading to an unrecognized disrupted posture. 

The neck and the lower back are usually more prone to injuries and common pain as compared to the upper back which over time can turn into something serious. As unusual as the pain to the upper back is, it is also not easy to distinguish the upper back pain from the neck strains. This is why, by the time you realize the pain, it’s a red flag. 

The upper back is the region that lies below the cervical spine (neck) and above the lumbar spine (low back). The upper back is called the thoracic spine, and it is the most stable part of the spine. The range of motions in the upper back is limited because of the thoracic spine’s attachment to the ribs (rib cage). 

Some of the Upper Back Pain Symptoms are: 

The pain in the upper back region does not solely remain in one spot. There occurs: 

If your upper back pain is related to the bones, nerves, or discs of your thoracic spine, your symptoms may also include:

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain down the legs
  • Incontinence (bowel and/or bladder leakage) 
  • Numbness or weakness in your legs

Burning Sensation in the Upper Back Region: 

When the upper back pain becomes serious enough to limit your movement, there is a sharp pain and burning sensation localized to one spot along with pain in the neck, shoulder and elsewhere. This is due to the below mentioned two reasons. 

  1. Muscular irritation.

The shoulder girdle is the area where more than 1 bones attach. It is here that a large muscle attaches on our shoulder blade and the back of the rib cage. These large upper back muscles are prone to developing strains or tightness that can be painful and difficult to alleviate. Muscular irritation in the upper back is typically due to either de-conditioning (lack of strength) or overuse injuries (such as repetitive motions).

  1. Joint dysfunction. 

It is either from a sudden injury or a natural degeneration due to ageing, joints in the upper back can dysfunction and cause pain. 

However, you could yourself examine the stage of your pain. There are 3 stages to the pain: 

  1. Stage One: 

It is the pain in the centre of your back though aiming in the upper middle part. There is mild pain and on stretching a little you feel relaxed. 

  1. Stage Two: 

Now, the pain has elevated and you will feel it when you move quickly or even sneeze. If you are not sure if the pain associated with it is regarding the same issue, you can test so by taking a deep breath. 

  1. Stage Three: 

By this point, you are going to feel the pain so intense just as if it were a burning sensation by doing the simplest of the tasks or even by doing nothing! 


Exercises to Relieve Upper Back Pain:

To relieve upper back pain, try these simple home remedies: 

  • Gentle stretches
  • Ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Heat to improve mobility and ease stiffness 


Exercises to improve posture and pain:

  • Imagery. 

Imagine there’s a cord passing through your body from ceiling to floor. Now imagine someone pulling that cord upward, slightly lifting your chest and ribcage.

  • Chin tuck.

Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Your shoulders should be relaxed and down. Now pull your chin in toward your neck. Count to five, then relax. Repeat 10 times.

  • Shoulder blade squeeze.

Put your hands on your thighs and keep your shoulders down, roughly at chin level. Slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together. Count to five, then relax. Repeat three or four times.

  • Upper back stretch.

Raise your right arm to shoulder level, directly in front of you. Bend your arm at the elbow and grasp that elbow with your left hand. Now gently pull it across your chest and hold for it 20 seconds. Repeat three times on each side. 

How Serious is an Upper Back Pain? 

Most cases of the upper back are not due to a serious underlying cause, but in some cases, it may be caused by an infection or from the compression of the spinal nerves further leading to spinal instability. With serious upper back pain, comes serious underlying symptoms. These may include, radiating pain or pins-and-needles tingling in the chest or abdomen, fever or chills, reduced coordination, problems walking, or severe headache. 

This brings us to conclude that DO NOT unsee or neglect any pain in the back as with time, the condition may get serious which might as well not be related to muscles or bones. 

Get an analysis as to what is causing you back pain and get a permanent solution to it at PysioExperts, Kanata. 

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Frozen Shoulder – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

Frozen shoulder is a typical condition in which the shoulder hardens, which reduces mobility.

There has been ambiguity about frozen shoulder and arthritis. Frozen shoulder refers categorically to the shoulder joint, while arthritis may apply to multiple joints. Frozen shoulder can affect one or both shoulders.

With visible conditions, you may need physiotherapy.

In this article, we will talk about everything that you need to know about frozen shoulder:

What are the symptoms?

A person with a frozen shoulder will have a consistent pain followed by the shoulder joints getting stiff.

There are three stages for Frozen Shoulder:

  • Freezing, or painful stage 

In this initial stage, the pain increases gradually, making shoulder motion harder and harder. Pain tends to be worse at night. This stage can last from 9 weeks to 9 months.

  • Frozen stage

In the second stage, the shoulder remains stiff. It can last from 12 months, and movement may be restricted.

  • Thawing stage

In this stage, shoulder movement may become flexible again. Pain may fade but occasionally recur. That takes between 20 to 24 months.

What causes Frozen Shoulder

Below are the common causes of frozen shoulder: 

  • Stroke
  • Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid
  • Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Parkinson’s disease

The risk factors for frozen shoulder are:

  • Age: Being over 40 years of age.
  • Gender: Women are some susceptible to frozen shoulder
  • Recent trauma: Surgery or an arm fracture often leads to immobility during recovery, and this results in the thickening of the shoulder capsule.
  • Diabetes: About 15 to 20 percent of people with diabetes develop a frozen shoulder.

What are the various Frozen Shoulder treatments?

  There are four main treatment methods: 

  1. Anti-inflammatory medications 

Medications play an immense role, and these include analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and sometimes medicines to assist with sleeping.

  1. Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy is powerful, but the impact depends on the phase of the frozen shoulder.

In the initial stages, the physiotherapy exercises focus on maintaining movement, flexibility, and strength to avoid further stiffness. 

  1. Corticosteroid  injections

 These injections are usually given using a sterile technique.

  1. Shoulder manipulations and Surgery

A manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) is the common Frozen Shoulder treatment technique for a simple frozen shoulder. The shoulder is moved through a range of motion, which causes the capsule and scar tissue to stretch.  

During the treatment procedure, 2 to 3 holes are made in the shoulder. 

The thickened capsule tissue is cut and removed. Thus the tight capsule releases, which allows the increase in range of motion. 

 It is an effective treatment for stiff shoulder after injury, trauma, or fracture, and diabetes.

The benefits of Frozen Shoulder Physiotherapy

The benefits of frozen shoulder physiotherapy vary according to the stage of the frozen shoulder you experience. 

For the first phase, assisted range-of-motion exercises can help prevent loss of movement, and various pain-reducing methods can sometimes help. 

In the second phase, treatment may become more efficient. Although the shoulder is still very stiff, physical therapy can become more active as the pain recedes.

The goal for physiotherapists is to retain and regain as much motion as possible.

Therapy can be more aggressive and is better tolerated for the final phase, which can last up to 24 months. 

 Conclusion

If you experience a frozen shoulder, schedule an appointment with us. 

We can assess the stage of the condition and create a particular physiotherapy to get you back to full range of motion as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

What are the various stages of Hip Osteoarthritis (OA)?

About more than 10 % of Canadians are currently living with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. There’s a prominent connection between osteoarthritis and aging factor.

Therefore, as the baby-boomer generation ages, the number of people with osteoarthritis in Canada is expected to surge. 

Pain and stiffness are indications for worsening disease. By the time the initial symptoms of stiffness and pain occur, changes in the joint may have already reached an advanced stage.

Osteoarthritis Treatment and outcome can depend on the joints’ effects. For the records, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body.

It is beneficial to have brief knowledge about your condition before you go for treatment.

How do you know you need physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis

The commonly affected areas are the knees, hips, hands, fingers, and spine. Osteoarthritis rarely affects the elbows, wrists, and ankles.

In most cases, people with osteoarthritis are middle-aged or older because the condition appears over time. There is the gradual development of cracks on the joints due to wear and tear.

However, you may not need rehabilitation [1] physiotherapy for the condition if you are below the age of 40. By contrast, at least 80 percent of people over age 55 have X-ray [2] evidence of the disorder, even if they show no prominent symptoms.

There are specific cases when people need to take the help of different physiotherapy treatments to help recover.  These situations are the most probable cause in younger adults who show osteoarthritis symptoms due to sports injuries, obesity, and other types of arthritis, which encompass various inflammatory joint conditions.

However, in this article, we would introduce to you some of the fundamental aspects of hip osteoarthritis to help you understand your symptoms well.

The specific case of Hip Osteoarthritis

First thing first, let’s walk you through what is the hip joint and how that works.

The hip joint consists of a ball-shaped end of the thigh bone (femoral head), which fits into the hip socket (acetabular socket). Generally speaking, that’s the area around your groin, thigh, buttocks, or knee.

The inner part of this ball-and-socket joint is lined with smooth cartilage to help with the flexible joint movement. If this smooth cartilage wears away, the remaining rough surfaces of the ball-and-socket grinds against each other, which causes pain.

Over time, this condition deteriorates causing permanent damage to the joint. 

Let’s know how Osteoarthritis develops in the hip joint, and when you should opt for physiotherapy.

We will also discuss different physiotherapy treatments that we include in the physiotherapy home service. 

Osteoarthritis: The PrimaryStage

The various causes of the Hip OA are the structural problems with the hip joint (hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement), age, obesity, and accidental or chronic injury.
The first changes that osteoarthritis typically bring is when the cartilage that coats the ends of your bones and cushions your joints starts to thin out.

Even though cartilages don’t have nerves when the damaged cartilages rub against each other, they affect the bone underneath,  this is the initial symptom of osteoarthritis.

However, in this initial stage of the disorder, we recommend staying active while avoiding overuse of any particular joint. As a means of physiotherapy, we suggest getting exercise therapy for core stability.

Osteoarthritis: The secondary Stage

As osteoarthritis progresses, you may notice pain tends to worsen as the day goes on, rather than easing off.  Now it becomes difficult to carry the daily activities due to the wear and tear of the hip joints.

At this stage, it is very important to receive physiotherapy to help with your joints pain, stiffness and other symptoms. This will help you delay the further deterioration of the joint disease and also to get back to your normal routine with minimum pain.

Conclusion

At PhysioExperts, our physiotherapists are very experienced to help you with the same using the latest machines and most helpful exercises and manual therapy. We also use electrotherapy, evidenced-based manual therapy, acupuncture, etc to help you get back to your normal activities.

How Physiotherapy Relieves Arthritis Pain

Arthritis affects 4.5 million people across Canada – that’s about 1 out of every 6 people.

Essentially, arthritis is a chronic and painful condition that may begin to limit your daily activities and function. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is categorized as the breakdown of cartilage at a joint. This type of arthritis happens over time and through wear and tear. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is defined as an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s own immune system is attacking the tissues at a joint or multiple joints, causing inflammation and pain.

The good news? Physiotherapy can help reduce and manage your arthritic pain. In fact, being active is one of the best things you can do to relieve your symptoms. Let’s take a closer look!

Managing Your Arthritis Through Physiotherapy

Pain is your body’s way of telling you when something is wrong. And arthritic pain is no exception. Your body is letting you know what’s going on – or at least it’s trying to in the best way it knows how.

And while an arthritis diagnosis isn’t ideal, it is manageable. Physiotherapy incorporates an array of treatment options that work together to manage your pain and potentially, eliminate it. What do these treatment techniques entail?

1. Education

When it comes to understanding your condition, education is step one. The more you know, the better equipped you are to prevent pain before it happens.

Through an assessment at PhysioExperts Physiotherapy Clinic in Kanata, your physiotherapist will help you understand what exactly is happening at your joint. They will perform various tests and measurements to determine where your limitations are and where improvements can be made.

Your physiotherapist will further prescribe exercises and provide you with the proper knowledge to help you limit the effects of your arthritis.

2. Exercise

Your prescribed exercises will include appropriate stretches and strengthening movements for your unique situation. Stretches will aim to improve your flexibility and mobility at the affected joint or joints. Further, strengthening exercises work to strengthen the muscles and tissues around the affected joint. This helps support the joint, limiting pain and helping you move better.

Your physiotherapist will gradually increase your exercise load, helping you determine how much you can handle. By doing so, they also help you avoid adding too-much-too-soon, which could potentially lead to other problems or injuries.

In some situations, exercise programs may be recommended to be performed in-clinic. This ensures you are performing each exercise correctly.

3.  Hot or Cold Therapy

Ice helps reduce pain and decrease inflammation. Heat, on the other hand, helps relax tense muscles and increases blood flow to the area. Your physiotherapist will often recommend one or the other. They may also go off of your own preference. Occasionally, they may prescribe a hot and cold bath which further helps improve circulation.

Hot or cold devices are applied for about 15-20 minutes. A cloth is placed in between the device and your skin to prevent any tissue damage. You may also choose to use hot or cold applications at home to help manage your arthritis pain.

4. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles at specific acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s natural pain-relievers. At PhysioExperts Physiotherapy Clinic, we have various physiotherapists in kanata that are trained and experienced in acupuncture. Although it’s not used for all cases, it may help reduce pain in some individuals – especially those with arthritis.

5. Manual Therapy Techniques

At each appointment, your physiotherapist will perform physiotherapy techniques. These techniques may include massage, stretches, and manipulation.

Depending on the goal of your treatment, your specific manual therapy techniques may vary. Massage techniques may be used to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Manipulation techniques and stretches may also be used to improve range of motion.

6. TENS and IFC

If you’ve ever been to physiotherapy before, you may have heard these terms before. TENS stands for transcutaneous nerve stimulation. IFC stands for interferential current. These therapies help manage and eliminate pain. Essentially, they replace the pain signals at the affected area with a new tingling sensation. This temporary reduces the pain you feel at your affected joints. This therapy is frequently used at the end of your treatment session.

Start Your Journey Toward a Pain-Free Life Today!

Arthritis is an entirely manageable condition. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put a halt on the activities you know and love.

If you’re facing an arthritis diagnosis, contact our physiotherapy clinic in Kanata. At PhysioExperts, we involve you in every step of the way. Our team includes various physiotherapy experts and specialities. Our goal is to get you back to your life – without pain standing in your way. Let’s start moving you toward better health. Contact us to book your next appointment today!

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