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Rotator Cuff Injuries 101

Rotator Cuff Injuries 101

Do you have shoulder pain? Have been told that you or a family member has a rotator cuff injury, but you are not sure what that means? If this is you, this post is for you as we will cover: Where is your rotator cuff located? Rotator cuff vs frozen shoulder. How do...

What is Hand Therapy, and Will It Help Me?

What is Hand Therapy, and Will It Help Me?

Hand therapy is the treatment of medical conditions related to the upper extremities, which includes your arms, hands, and fingers. At North 49 Physical Therapy in Saskatoon, SK, we can evaluate and treat your hand problems with non-surgical physiotherapy that can...

What Is Trismus? How is it treated?

What Is Trismus? How is it treated?

At North 49 we recently saw a patient referred to the clinic with the diagnosis of trismus. Unfortunately, she had been living with it since having a tooth removed over a year prior. To make matters worse, the trismus prevented her specialist from examining the inside...

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What is de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

What is de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. It occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. The word "tendinosis" refers to a swelling of the tendons. Swelling of the...

BPPV, Can It Be Caused By Binge Watching Netflix?

BPPV, Can It Be Caused By Binge Watching Netflix?

Have you ever heard of anyone getting BPPV from binge watching Netflix? We recently did and it was an interesting case.  Usually our blogs are more on the technical side. We, however, thought that we would change it up a bit with this post and use a case study format,...

What is Ramsay Hunt?

What is Ramsay Hunt?

If you follow the media, especially in regards to celebrities you may have heard that Canadian singer Justin Bieber was recently diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt and will have seen that his smile seems a bit off. He is not the only celebrity to develop a facial paralysis....

Physio: Is it for you?

Physio: Is it for you?

It’s your first physio appointment for an injury (shoulder “tweak”, hip “pinch”, knee “twinge” whatever it may be). You’ve never been to physiotherapy before and have no idea what to expect.  You’ve probably put off coming to physio because  you: Were hoping the issue...

What is a Perilymphatic Fistula?

What is a Perilymphatic Fistula?

Do you or a patient of yours experience dizziness with coughing, loud sounds, or sudden altitude changes? If so, the symptoms maybe due to a perilymphatic fistula.  Let’s cover the 5 W’s of what a perilymphatic fistula is. That way we will have a better understanding...

What Is The 5 Minute Cover Test?

What Is The 5 Minute Cover Test?

Did you know that dizziness, headaches, and pain in the sinus region can be due to a binocular vision dysfunction (BVD)? There are several tests we can use to assess for this, but let's review one of the simplest being the 5 Minute Cover Test. Before we do this...

BPPV Treatment: 3 Reasons Why It’s Not Working

BPPV Treatment: 3 Reasons Why It’s Not Working

BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness across the lifespan. Fortunately with treatment it typically resolves within 1-3 sessions. Untreated, BPPV also has a 50% chance that it will resolve spontaneously within 3 months. (Bhattacharyya 2017) So, what happens if the...

Part 3: “Best” exercises for a stronger core

Part 3: “Best” exercises for a stronger core

Our core is comprised of different muscle groups, all attached at different angles. Our bodies are built this way to accommodate for the vast movements and positions we put them through. I always get asked what is the "best” core exercise for a stronger core. The...

Part 2: Back to basics: What does “engage your core” mean?

Part 2: Back to basics: What does “engage your core” mean?

The internet is plastered with hundreds of different core exercises; some which are very effective and others… well they can just look impressive. But behind every core exercise is the foundation; the Transversus Abdominis (TA) . And if you don’t have that - then you...