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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 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...

“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...

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

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...

Thankful!

Thankful!

Today is March 20, 2022, and I have so much to be thankful for. March 20, 2020, on the other hand was by far the worst day of my life. That was the day that I had to lay off my entire team. The government told us that we had to close our doors to the public for an...

Core Strength; The Centre Of It All!

Core Strength; The Centre Of It All!

My passion in life is working with those who are having a difficult time on their self-journey and want to improve their quality of life. I take pride in my work and those who have worked with me  know that I am a very technical teacher when it comes to exercises....

Is IMS (or Dry Needling) Right For Me?

Is IMS (or Dry Needling) Right For Me?

What is IMS? Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that physiotherapists use to release muscles which may be causing pain. There is a certification process that physiotherapists have to go through to perform this type of treatment. With treatment very fine...

What is Trigger Finger? A hand therapist explains

What is Trigger Finger? A hand therapist explains

Trigger finger is when one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may bend or straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.   What causes trigger finger? Each of the tendons which flex your fingers passes through a tunnel in...