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It can be scary when your knee starts hurting - especially if you don't know why.  We often see clients whose knee pain has started suddenly or gradually, and they're frustrated that the knee pain doesn't go away on its own.  One question, especially among middle-aged or advanced-aged clients, is whether the pain is from arthritis. Our physiotherapists are highly trained professionals with the skills to figure out whether your pain is arthritis, or something else.  They'll rely...
Posted on 2021-12-14
We love treating back pain, but we love PREVENTING patients’ back pain even more. Unfortunately, every year at River East Physiotherapy we see many injuries from snow shoveling.  They're usually back and shoulder injuries, caused because shovelers used poor form or don’t have the fitness level to match the amount of snow they face.   And right now we are facing so much snow! Here are three tips to help you prevent injuries from shoveling this winter. 1) Use Great F...
Posted on 2021-11-12
By Maddy Lengyel, Physiotherapist So your doctor diagnosed you with having knee pain from osteoarthritis. You’re experiencing pain, stiffness and maybe even swelling.  And you aren’t quite sure what to do next. What is Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis, and Why Does It Matter?. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects more than 4 million Canadians, or 1 in 7 adults. According to the Arthritis Society, osteoarthritis is the “body’s failed attempt to repair damaged jo...
Posted on 2021-09-01
TENS machines feel weird.  Usually they create a buzzing, or tingling sensation to the skin, and they may even cause muscle twitching.  So why do we sometimes use them?  These hand-held machines are commonly used to treat pain, both in clinics and at home.  TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which means the machines transmit electricity through the skin to stimulate your nerves.  The idea is that by stimulating the nerves under your skin with...
Posted on 2021-07-08
Pregnancy and childbirth are the most common causes of injury to the pelvic floor muscles.  Since controlling urine flow is one of the things the pelvic floor muscles muscles do, it's very common for newer and experienced moms to experience urine loss ("peeing my pants") post-partum.   But just because urine loss is common after pregnancy and childbirth doesn't mean it's normal!  Urine loss doesn't have to be your new re...
Posted on 2021-06-25
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