Aurora Physiotherapy

Serving Aurora Since 1994

Aurora Physiotherapy: 15017 Yonge St. Suite #105, Aurora, ON: 905-727-5181
Aurora Medical Center - corner of Yonge and Kennedy St.

Find Answers to Your Most Pressing Physiotherapy Questions

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 is Achilles tendonitis?

A: The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel. Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon as a result of overuse, repetitive strain and/or degeneration. It is often caused by activities such as walking, running and jumping, or by shoes that rub against the heel. Common symptoms include pain and stiffness along the tendon (often worse in the AM or following activity), thickening of the tendon, swelling, and/or severe pain during/after exercise.

What to do:

  • Rest: limit aggravating activities; apply ice every 10 – 15 mins, 3 times a day.
  • Proper footwear: wear supportive shoes that do not rub against the heel.
  • Orthotics: for proper arch support to correct poor foot mechanics and optimize gait.
  • Exercise: perform lower leg stretches first thing in the morning and frequently through the day.
  • Get help: seek treatment from a qualified physiotherapist who will be able to treat you with pain-relieving modalities.

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:

  • Rest: avoid moving the arm into painful positions; no heavy or repetitive lifting.
  • Ice/ heat: ice during inflamed stage and at the end of a strenuous day, heat for a more chronic issue.
  • Anti-inflammatories: consult with your pharmacist and physician first.
  • Tape: kinesiotape can help support the injured muscle(s).
  • Exercise: gentle range-of-motion stretches can help, as well as muscle strengthening exercises.
  • Get help: allow a physiotherapist to assess the specific problems and prescribe treatment.

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: How do I find a backpack for my child?

A: Wearing an overloaded or incorrectly fitted backpack can often cause a variety of aches and pains to the neck, back, and shoulders. Here are some tips to help select the right backpack for your child this fall.

What to Look for:

  • Padded and wide shoulder straps
  • Proper fit: no wider than the chest; when sitting the pack should not extend higher than the shoulders
  • Another great option is a bag on wheels the child can push or pull

Proper Use

  • Always wear both shoulder straps and fasten waist and chest straps comfortably tight with minimal slack to avoid gaps between the pack and the body
  • Distribute the load: choose a backpack with many compartments
  • The weight of the backpack should never be more than 10% of your child’s body weight
  • Carry the minimum amount possible: be organized and make use of the locker—whenever possible, unload some contents
  • Place the heavier objects at the base of the backpack, closer to the spine

If your child is complaining of pain and/or you are concerned about his/her posture, come see us at Keswick or Sutton Physiotherapy for all your physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage needs.

Q: What is prehab?

A: Prehab is pre-surgical rehabilitation. There are several reasons to attend physiotherapy before surgery.

Use prehab

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.

Aurora Physiotherapy

15017 Yonge St., Suite #105

Aurora, ON L4G 1B9

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