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Lumbar spine sprains and strains

The spine is made up of a network of structures: the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves. The lumbar spine (lower back) withstands the greatest amount of strain during movement and because the ligaments of the lumbar spine are inherently weak, injury is always a possibility. A lumbar spine injury often takes the form of …

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Knee injuries

The knee joint is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and the joint capsule. This anatomy lends itself to a multiple of injuries ranging from ACL tears to other ligament sprains and tendon strains. Direct trauma, as well as wear and tear, also contributes to some knee injuries. Most knee injuries will usually …

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Hamstring strain

The hamstring is found along the back of the thigh and comprises of a group of muscles that extend the hip (backwards movement of the leg) and flex (bend) the knee. A hamstring strain, sometimes called a pulled hamstring, is very common in sports that involve sprinting such as football, rugby and hockey and it …

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Groin injuries

Groin injuries most commonly involve the adductor muscles that go from the pelvis to the knee and help to bring the leg in toward the body. These muscles are used during sports that involve sprinting, kicking and twisting such as football and soccer. A strain(tear) in the adductor muscles can occur during these activities. Symptoms …

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Disc prolapse

Commonly called “herniated disc” or “ruptured disc” (or misleadingly called “slipped disc”), one of the common conditions we treat is disc prolapse. The spinal column is made up of several bones called vertebrae. Between these vertebrae are discs which prevent the bones from rubbing against each other during movement and act as shock absorbers during …

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Back pain

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is common among athletes who strain their back muscles or it may be the result of spinal injuries such as fractures or sprains. Accidents, falls and direct blows to the back can also cause back pain. However, many people report …

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Moving beyond pain medication

A prescription painkiller could make a big difference for those suffering from acute pain. But is it necessary to put these chemicals into your body? Can they cause harm? At what point do the disadvantages outweigh the benefits? Take the case of a patient with chronic arthritis, painfully trying to manoeuvre through her daily activities. …

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Why people see us

Do you have muscular or joint pain? Do you have pain or limited movement following surgery, an accident or an injury? Do you have back or neck pain or suffer from headaches? Is a cardiac condition hindering you from performing your normal activities of daily living? Are you suffering from arthritis? Do you experience difficulty …

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