Our team of physiotherapists at Aurora Physiotherapy are qualified to handle any questions you may have for them. Find answers to some of the most common questions we're asked below. Need more answers? Give us a call.
Q: What are text neck and text thumb?
A: Cell phone related injuries are increasing as people spend more time texting, tweeting and surfing. Injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, neck and upper back are on the rise. Bending your head to look down at your cell can put up to 60lbs of pressure on your spine! Our thumbs were also not built for repetitive texting and swiping. Symptoms may include pain, burning, tingling and weakness.
Here are some tips to reduce these types of injuries:
Q: What is a rotator cuff injury?
A: The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles/tendons that help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. Damage to these muscles is most common in people who perform repeated or prolonged overhead reaching/lifting. Symptoms include sleeping discomfort, difficulty or sharp pain when moving the arm in certain positions and a loss of strength. Severity of injury can range from a strain to tendonitis to a tear. Most cases do not require surgery and can be fully rehabilitated.
What to do:
Q: What are some good golfing tips?
A: Use the S.M.A.R.T golfing principles:
Stretch: make sure to stretch as a warm-up, between repetitive and as a cool-down.
Move: get moving, keep moving and stay moving to promote elasticity in your body and prevent injury.
Add it up: plan activities throughout the day that keep you moving for at least 10 minutes. Pace yourself, start your season slowly, working yourself up to a full game.
Reduce strain: make sure your equipment matches your skill level and body type. Alternate sides on a one-strap bag, push rather than pull a wheeled golf cart and when lifting, bend your knees and keep your back straight.
Consult a Physiotherapist: optimize your game by optimizing your body. Get the input of a physiotherapist today!
Q: What is prehab?
A: Prehab is pre-surgical rehabilitation. There are several reasons to attend physiotherapy before surgery.
1: To help heal secondary injuries. Often with injuries, multiple muscles, tendons and/or ligaments are injured. Surgeries often only repair the worst of the injured tissues. Similarly with joint replacements, the surrounding tissues are often in poor condition due to compensating. Attending physiotherapy before surgery can help address secondary issues, so that post-surgically you can focus on rehabilitating the newly repaired tissue or joint.
2: Improve joint range, strength and function. Having muscles that are flexible and strong provides better support to a joint and allows for better mobility and functioning. Physiotherapy can provide you with an individualized exercise program to help optimize your potential prior to an operation. The more range of motion and strength you have going into a surgery, the easier the recovery will be.
3: Education. Preparing yourself mentally before an operation can sometimes be as helpful as being physically prepared. Physiotherapy can help you to better understand your expected surgical procedure and post-operative prognosis.
Simply said—the better you go into surgery, the better you will do coming out. Our team at Keswick Physiotherapy can assist you to maximize your prehab potential.