What is arthritis? It is an inflammation of the joints, affecting one or multiple joints. Many different types of arthritis exist but the most common two are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Did you know? Approximately, 350 million people are affected by arthritis worldwide.
Hip injuries are some of the most common sports related injuries reported in Canada. In one study, as many as 106 cases of hip injury were reported, which were attributed to ice hockey alone. These injuries varied in nature and severity, but contributed to significant pain and loss of range of motion among athletes. Here are three of the most common types of hip injuries sustained in sports. Hip Bursitis An inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (or bursae) that provide cushioning to the hip muscles, tendons, and ligaments is known as hip bursitis. As is the case with most other inflammatory conditions, this too is caused by overuse of a joint—in this case, the hip joint. Hip bursitis causes pain and stiffness of the hips, thighs, and groin, which worsens with repetitive motions. The symptoms [...]
Have you been experiencing persistent ankle pain for the past couple of weeks, with difficulty moving and performing everyday activities? Here’re a few reasons why your ankle is hurting the way it is, and what needs to be done about it. Ankle Sprain Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments (bands of tissue) connecting the leg bones with the feet bones twist or contort at an odd angle. This movement causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their optimum capacity, causing them to tear okay. Ankle sprains are one of the most common forms of ankle ailments, and account for 14% of sports related injuries. Swelling, bruising, and pain can accompany ankle sprains. You may also have difficulty walking and feel discomfort shifting weight from one foot to the other. What’s more, ankle sprains can also [...]
Over the past five years, the number of joint replacement surgeries performed annually has increased drastically in Canada. In fact, between 2017 and 2018, as many as 70,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed nationwide. Are you suffering from knee pain and fear you may need a joint replacement surgery in the near future? Here’s what you can do to prevent that from happening. Exercise Regularly It’s no secret; physical exercise helps in strengthening your muscles and preventing cartilage damage. This is particularly true for those individuals who have knee osteoarthritis and are experiencing cartilage degeneration. Exercising on a regular basis can slow down the degeneration process and prevent the chances of needing surgery. Studies have shown that patients who have larger quadriceps (thigh muscles) are at a lower risk of requiring knee joint replacement surgery. Physical [...]
Muscle strains and sprains are one of the most common forms of musculoskeletal injuries. We’ve all experienced pain and discomfort in our tendons, ligaments, and muscles at some point in our lives, be it at the wrists or neck. Have you been experiencing muscle stiffness a little too often ever since you started working at that new job? Don’t ignore the warning signs; you may be suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder! What Are WMSDs? Work-related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSDs are muscle ailments and injuries brought on because of ineffective or unsafe work conditions. These may develop over the course of several weeks, months, or even years because of the nature of the tasks you do and the body movements involved during those tasks. Since WMSDs don’t just appear overnight, you may not immediately [...]
Remember two years ago when Andre De Grasse injured his hamstring and had to miss the world championships? It surely was a setback to the sprinter’s career, and although classified as a Grade 2 hamstring strain, it required up to 6 weeks of rehab for the muscle to fully heal. What are hamstring injuries and how do they affect your movement? Let’s take a closer look. Hamstring Muscle Injuries The hamstring muscles comprise a group of three muscles situated at the back of your thigh, which connect the hip to the knee. This group of muscles enables you to bend your knee and stretch your leg, promoting flexibility and an improved range of motion. If one of these muscles is pulled or stretched beyond its limit, a hamstring muscle injury occurs. What the Symptoms [...]
The term “stem cell therapy” yields mixed responses. While some people accept it as an innovative medical solution for a variety of ailments, others are more sceptical about the procedure and what it entails. Here are a few common myths surrounding stem cell therapy, debunked: Stem Cells Are Taken From Embryos TRUE/FALSE. Here’s the thing - certain clinics and practices do use embryonic stem cells for their procedures. However, that’s not the case at RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy. Stem cells can be classified as adult cells and embryonic cells. We use the former adult mesenchymal cells which are undifferentiated and can thus easily replicate into other types of cells. These adult stem cells are taken from the patient’s bone marrow or adipose tissue, and are then injected at the affected site. Platelet rich plasma injections may also [...]
Rotator cuff tear refers to an injury of the muscles or tendons in the shoulder joint, which form the rotator cuff muscle group. Studies have shown this form of injury is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders, affecting millions of individual across the globe. What the Symptoms Look Like The first sign that you’ve sustained a tear in your rotator cuff muscles is a sharp pain in the shoulder. This may worsen if you perform an activity requiring overhead motions, or if you lie on the affected site while asleep. Consequently, it may also result in disturbed sleep due to the pain and discomfort caused. Additionally, you may experience weakness in your arm, even during slight movements such as lifting it, or when it’s in a stationary position. There may also be a [...]