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How Can I Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery?

By | 2019-07-11T14:25:27+00:00 July 11th, 2019|blog|

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 [...]

Is Your Workplace Triggering a Musculoskeletal Disorder?

By | 2019-07-09T07:12:22+00:00 July 9th, 2019|blog|

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 [...]

A Closer Look at Hamstring Injuries

By | 2019-06-12T14:03:23+00:00 June 14th, 2019|blog|

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 [...]

True or False: Which Stem Cell Therapy Myths Should You Believe?

By | 2019-06-12T13:57:16+00:00 June 12th, 2019|blog|

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 [...]

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tears

By | 2019-05-09T11:51:41+00:00 May 11th, 2019|blog|

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 [...]

Tennis Elbow: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

By | 2019-05-09T11:42:34+00:00 May 9th, 2019|blog|

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an injury caused by strain on the muscles in your forearm. Connected to your wrist, hand, and elbow, these muscles may get damaged by repeated contraction due to overuse, causing sharp pain and discomfort. Getting To the Bottom of It The most obvious cause of tennis elbow is, as the name suggests, the sport itself. Since tennis players use backhand and overhead movements repeatedly, they’re susceptible to this particular injury. However, they’re not the only ones who may develop tennis elbow. In fact, similar repeated motions in other activities can also result in muscle strain associated with this condition. These include: Swimming Painting Gardening Using scissors and tools, such as screwdrivers Cutting up tough meat or food Excessive typing or use of the computer mouse Activities that [...]

All You Need To Know About Musculoskeletal Disorders

By | 2019-04-11T14:45:50+00:00 April 11th, 2019|blog|

According to WHO, musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs are the second largest contributors to disabilities, affecting thousands of people each year.  These are injuries or repetitive strain of the musculoskeletal system that impact the body’s functional movements. These include injuries of the ligaments, soft tissue, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and nerves. What Causes MSDs? Your chances of having a musculoskeletal disorder depend on: Age:The older you are, the more at risk you are for developing an MSD. Occupation:The type of work you do on a daily basis (e.g. lifting heavy objects, sitting with an awkward posture) affects your chances of getting an MSD. Lifestyle:Individuals who stay physically active and perform stretching are less likely to have an MSD. Family history:Genetics also influence the likeliness of developing an MSD. Repetitive motions: Performing repetitive movements can cause muscle [...]

3 Common Misconceptions about Stem Cell Therapy

By | 2019-04-11T14:38:47+00:00 April 10th, 2019|blog|

Stem cell therapy (STC) has come a long way ever since it’s conception over a century ago by Alexander Maximow. However, because of the ongoing research and continuously evolving scientific theories regarding STC treatment, people still have some confusion about this form of treatment. Here are three STC therapy myths, debunked. 1. Stem Cells Are Only Harvested From Embryos While stem cells have been associated with embryonic stem cells, the fact of the matter is it is just one type of stem cells studied in medicine. The use of embryonic stem cells is a controversial topic, but definitely not the only one concerning STC therapy by and large. As a matter of fact, adult stem cellsare more commonly used in STC therapy. These are harvested from the postnatal body reservoirs such as the bone marrow, [...]