Regional Interdependence – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Regional interdependence is a term coined by Wainner et al in an article published in 2007 and is defined as:

“The concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint.”

Now, this idea that parts of the body are interconnected has been in existence in Physiotherapy for…

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The Constipation Connection

If there is one “pelvic health” related area that orthopedic therapists should be discussing with their patients it is the question of whether the patient is experiencing constipation. There are multiple reasons why this applies in an orthopedic setting.

First, many patients seen in an orthopedic setting are taking prescription pain medication that has constipation as a side effect. Many…

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Living Well this Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time often filled with excitement, fun, giving and traditions. My favorite thing over the holiday season is a day in the snow with the most important people in my life, followed by a warm beverage. Unfortunately, the joys of the holidays are also often accompanied by stresses that have the potential to derail the holiday…

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Low Back Pain is the ‘Common Cold’ of the Spine

Several years ago articles on low back pain (LBP) would typically start off by stating how common LBP is in clinical practice.  One of my favorite opening statements goes like this:
“Next to the common cold, low back pain is the most common reason that individuals visit a physician’s office.” (reference here, original article here)
This statement has stuck…

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Is “Getting Old” a Choice?

One of my favorite patients (seen 8 years ago) was a lady who was in her mid 60s who came to see me for a vestibular dysfunction. While going through my systematic exam and asking her to squat, I heard probably the most unsettling noises come from her knees as she bent down. Her knees sounded like door hinges that…

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Finding Fear

Another Halloween has come and gone. Thousands of people paid for the experience to find fear. Frightening movies, haunted houses, and spooky trails are designed to create a sense of terror. The sound of a chain saw in the shadows of a dimly lit haunted forest stimulates the brain’s fear center, but in the end it is remembered as…

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