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Supporting Our Essential Service Workers

Free Initial Virtual Consultation for our Essential Service Workers.

We want to thank all of the dedicated essential workers that are keeping our community safe and making sure our needs are met.

We appreciate everything you do and want to support YOU!

We understand essential workers may be working longer hours than normal, leaving less time to care for themselves.  We want to help you stay healthy.

One small way to thank you is to offer a complimentary virtual visit in the comfort of your home.

Book a Complimentary Initial Virtual Session with one of our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors.

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Keeping you in the Loop

Keeping you in the loop:
We haven’t stopped thinking about you!

As everyone has been, we are trying to navigate these crazy times to the best of our abilities. We are all experiencing challenges and hope that you are healthy, safe and with family at this time.

Our team is choosing to take this time to find a way to help you maintain contact with us and let us know how you are doing and if you have any questions about your care. While Telehealth is new to many, it will allow us to connect with you and be able to assess things that were previously too difficult (like how to tailor a workout in your home).

Our therapists have been set up and using Telehealth since the start of Covid-19 in Halton. We are ready to serve our clients.

Government mandates have directed closure of businesses until April 7th. We have chosen to put safety first and remain closed until the 13th. This date is fluid, as you know, and we will only reopen our doors if we feel it is safe to resume in person treatments.

If you have an appointment scheduled for next week. You are being contacted by us to reschedule your in-person appointment to April 13th or later. During this conversation, we can discuss if your treatment  would be appropriate for virtual care, and if so, we will review how to proceed.

If you are in need of our services and are curious if virtual care is an option for you, please click on the link below to schedule a Free 10-minute Telehealth Discovery session with one of us.

We are STILL answering our phones and will return your call if we don’t immediately connect. We are OPEN to serve you on Telehealth and are looking forward to seeing you when we reopen our doors.

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In Case of Emergency

If you are in need of urgent care, please try to contact us via phone or email and we will work with you to help guide you on your next steps. We would like to keep the Urgent Care Clinics free to treat non-orthopaedic injuries. If we suspect that further investigation is necessary, we will direct you to go to the nearest Urgent Care Clinic. If this is life threatening, you should call 9-1-1.

 
 
 
 
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To ice, or not to ice?

We’ve all twisted an ankle and instinctively grabbed some ice to make it feel better. We never questioned whether it was working; it was just common sense that icing it was the best thing to do. Is it possible that all these years we’ve had it wrong? Lately, there has been a lot of coverage in the media surrounding the use of ice post-injury and whether or not it actually works. Some researchers, trainers, professional athletes and therapists are supporting the idea that you should toss out your ice packs and eat those frozen peas because they won’t help your injury and may actually be making it worse. What has lead to this new way of thinking and is it supported by research?

The Healing Process

Let’s start with the basics. Once a tissue is injured the body will respond by increasing blood flow to the area and sending specific cells to start the repair process. Unfortunately, this leads to inflammation, redness, pain and increased temperature at the injury site. For years, ice has been used during this stage of healing to limit swelling and reduce pain. The two fundamental effects of icing an acute injury are 1. vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which will decrease the blood flow to the area; hence limiting the amount of swelling, and 2. Ice will block and reduce pain by decreasing nerve impulses. We know physiologically what ice does, but practically, does the research evidence support these findings?

What does the research say?

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of high quality research surrounding this topic, which makes it hard to come to any conclusions. Maclean’s magazine recently published an article on why icing doesn’t help injuries. However, they only cited two research articles to support their claim along with anecdotal evidence. A study by Tseng et al., (2013) continually gets cited to support the “ice is bad” claim. The study was conducted on only 11 healthy subjects, which found icing delayed recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. This isn’t a huge sample size to hang your hat on such a claim. They also cited Bleakley et al., (2004), who conducted a review of the literature and found insufficient evidence on the benefits of icing post-injury. More recently, Collins (2008) review of the literature showed that there was sufficient research to support that modest icing helped reduce swelling, but excessive and prolonged icing was damaging to the injured tissue. Furthermore, Hubbard et al., (2004) conducted a review of the literature and showed that icing soon after injury was effective in speeding up return to play. They hypothesized that the quicker return to play was due to better pain control.

Take home message

Ice is beneficial during the early phases of healing in order to control excessive inflammation and help with pain control. However, long term, it has been shown that prolonged use of ice can interfere with blood flow and the delivery of cells and oxygen needed to stimulate tissue formation and healing. Should you toss out your ice packs? Probably not. Ice is still beneficial for acute swelling and pain control, and at the very least, for keeping your beverage cold long-term!!

Bleakley et al., (2004). The use of ice in the treatment of acute soft tissue injury. A systematic review. The American Journal of Sports medicine. 251-261.

Collins, N.C. (2008).Is ice right? Does cryotherapy improve outcome for acute soft tissue injury? Emergency medicine Journal. 65-68.

Hubbard et al., (2004). Does cryotherapy hasten return to participation? A systematic review. Journal of Athletic Training. 39(1): 88-94.

Tseng et al., (2013). Topical cooling (icing) delays recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 1354-1361.

Special Event for Concussion Baselines at Team Pricing!

Due to our huge success from last year’s open dates for concussion baseline testing, we have decided to do it again this year. Regardless of the team you play for, or the sport everyone will receive the team rate.

Hurry! Team rates are only happening on Fri Oct 9th, and Sat Oct 10th 2015.

Please contact anson@sheddonphysio.com to book your appointments today!

The cost of the baseline (as it is run by a physiotherapist) is covered under most Health Plans and is good for a full year in any sport.

Please click here to learn about Complete Concussion Management.

Please click here to learn about Concussion Program for Hockey.

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Avoiding Osteoarthritis Post-ACL Tear

Osteoarthritis is a condition caused by progressive deterioration of cartilage or even the entire joint.  When the cartilage becomes softened, it will begin to wear away causing bones to rub against one and other. Our cartilage is what normally absorbs the stress. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness, and sometimes a limitation in movement. Most common places of discomfort are areas where large biomechanical forces are loaded including the vertebrae, knees, and hips. Those who were athletes from a young age and have had a serious injury (like ACL tears) are more prone to developing osteoarthritis due to extended years of wear and tear on their joints.

In recent years studies have shown an incline of people who are affected by osteoarthritis between the young people, particularly women.

The major factor that increases one’s chances of developing osteoarthritis is experiencing a serious injury, such as an ACL tear.

Those who suffer from osteoarthritis are always recommended to keep your body moving. Simply taking a walk around your neighborhood can reduce pain. Try a new and fun activity like yoga. Strengthening exercises can help build muscle around the affected joints, which will ease the burden placed on these joints, thereby reducing pain. Range-of-motion exercises continue to help maintain and improve joint flexibility and reduce stiffness. Another good technique is taking up an aerobic exercises that will help with energy levels and improving stamina.

As younger and younger athletes are developing osteoarthritis, it is important to learn that the answer is not to stay in bed but to move, move, move. Contact your Sheddon Therapist and see which exercises are right for you!

Lohmander, L. S., Östenberg, A., Englund, M., & Roos, H. (2004). High prevalence of knee osteoarthritis, pain, and functional limitations in female soccer players twelve years after anterior cruciate ligament injury. Arthritis & Rheumatism50(10), 3145-3152.

 By Jessica Osmond