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Posts by YYC Sport and Spine

Shock Wave Therapy

In an era where many passive therapy modalities are falling out of favor, one modality is bucking that trend. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new modality that has rapidly growing research support for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. A September 2018 meta-analysis of 29 RCT’s concluded:  “Extracorporeal shock wave therapy exerted a…

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What causes Chronic Low Back Pain?

If you asked people what causes chronic low back pain (pain lasting > 3 months) – most people would answer disc, joint, and muscles problems – and this would be mostly correct. Now acute low back pain and chronic low back pain are two separate animals in how they respond to treatment, so here we…

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Effective Back Rehab – Medx Lumbar Strengthening

The problem of back pain that keeps returning, even with treatment, is very common. Why is this?  Most likely because your back is weak.  Medical studies show that when you try to strengthen your weak back, your body tries to protect it by moving at the hips. The glutes and hamstrings (butt and leg) take…

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Nordic Curls – Protect and Strengthen your Hamstrings

Study Title: Including the Nordic hamstring exercise in injury prevention programmes halves the rate of hamstring injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 8459 athletes Authors: Van Dyk N, Behan FP & Whiteley R Author’s Affiliations: Aspetar Injury and Illness Prevention Program (ASPREV), Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Qatar; Research Department, Aspetar Orthopaedic and…

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Referred pain

Do you have a sore shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist etc…? That pain may be coming from your spine and not the joint where you feel the pain. Here is an interesting study that looks at how much of the joint pain may be coming from your back or neck (which does not hurt),  If you…

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Failed back Surgery Syndrome

A look at Failed Back Surgery Syndrome We all know that low back pain in north America is a bit of an epidemic – with over 90% of people experiencing low back pain in their lifetime.  A study in the journal of pain research looked at people who had surgery for low back pain and…

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Have foot pain and not sure how to fix it?

I’ve posted on this before –  Here are a couple more studies showing that Low Level Laser and Shock wave therapy are effective treatments and cortisone injections are not. “Our study results suggest that both shock wave therapy (ESWT) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) seem to be effective on pain, foot functions, and fascia thickness…

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Symmetry and Adjustments

Symmetry and  Adjustments, and therefore Performance   This study in BMJ looks at symmetry (or lack thereof) and the effects of spinal manipulation. The researchers in this study used what is called a symmetry index which uses motion capture technology to look at bilateral symmetry of the body.  0% – perfect symmetry 100% – totally out…

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