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My Physiotherapy Clinic is Reopening: Is it Safe to Go?

  •  May 21, 2020

Physiotherapy Alberta has provided direction to physiotherapists regarding the measures that need to be in place for you to receive the care you need in a safe environment. We keep hearing about the new normal and you probably want to know what that looks like for physiotherapy clinics and other community physiotherapy services. Let us look at what you can expect when you go to see your physiotherapist.

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Telerehabilitation: What Patients Should Know

  •  May 7, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

In an effort to flatten the curve, Albertan’s access to in-person health-care services, including physiotherapy, have been limited. In an effort to provide much needed physiotherapy, many clinics and physiotherapists have turned to technology, adding telerehabilitation to their clinic services. Even as the province begins to re-open, it is expected that the option to receive services via telerehabilitation will continue.

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Urgent Care and Telerehabilitation: Information for Patients

  •  April 8, 2020
  •  Leanne Loranger, PT

On March 27, 2020, Premier Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hinshaw announced new restrictions. As a result, private practice physiotherapy clinics and other physiotherapy businesses were directed to close except when providing emergency and urgent services. So, what is considered urgent care?

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4 Common Conditions That are Highly Treatable With Physiotherapy

  •  March 9, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Many people, old and young alike experience pain, stiffness, or balance problems that limit their daily activities or independence. While some may think these problems are typical of the aging process, no one should expect that they must simply live with limited function because they are getting older. Although a physiotherapist may not reverse the underlying condition leading to these symptoms, they can help you manage your condition and limit any loss of function you may experience.

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What is a Passive Physiotherapy Treatment and Does it Work?

  •  February 11, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Most treatments provided by physiotherapists are supported by research that identifies when they are effective, who should receive them, and how they should be provided. However, some treatments used by physiotherapists have limited evidence supporting their effectiveness. When do you need to ask questions about what you are paying for?

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6 Tips for Starting and Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

  •  January 10, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

It seems you can’t go a day without seeing an article, advertisement or social media post proclaiming the virtues of exercise. In addition to other benefits of exercise, the evidence shows that most chronic conditions are improved through regular physical activity. So, if exercise is good for us, why do many of us struggle to achieve our recommended daily dose?

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Injured in a Collision? How Physiotherapy Can Help

  •  December 6, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Car collisions are a common occurrence in Alberta with 133,124 collisions reported in 2016 (the last year for which data is available). While the severity of these crashes can vary widely, with some leading to serious, life-changing injury or death, most injuries from car collisions are considered “minor.” How can a physiotherapist help?

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7 Signs It’s Time to See Your Physiotherapist

  •  November 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

When symptoms such as pain, weakness, unsteadiness, or a general decline in function start to become bothersome and affect your ability to live your life as you want to, it’s worth asking for professional help.

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Low Back Health for Life

  •  October 10, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

If you have ever had low back pain (LBP), you are not alone. Over 80% of Canadians have experienced back pain at some point in their life. Approximately 62% of Albertans have had an episode of back pain within the last year and over three quarters will have a recurrence of LBP in the future. Close to 40% of these individuals will have visited a health-care provider about their back pain.

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10 Questions You Need Answered Before Leaving the Hospital

  •  September 6, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

In today’s health-care environment, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are being discharged sooner than they may expect. Discharge planning often starts at admission; however, discharges may come up suddenly. This can result in patients and their caregivers feeling overwhelmed with information and concerned about their readiness for discharge. There may be little opportunity to think of and ask questions.

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Backpacks 101: Tips for Parents

  •  August 8, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

Along with buying the required books, calculators and pens, parents and children are looking to buy cool, new backpacks to carry all these supplies to school. However, it is important that, as parents, you consider the overall design and size of the backpack to ensure your child is able to wear the backpack comfortably and without experiencing injury.

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Foam Rollers: Not Just for the Gym

  •  July 4, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

You might also have seen these foam rolls for sale in the exercise equipment section of your local department store or on the internet and wondered why something that looks like an oversized pool noodle is considered an exercise tool. Welcome to the foam roller craze! Do they really work?

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Frequently Asked Needling Questions - Answered

  •  June 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Over the years an increasing proportion of physiotherapists have incorporated the use of needles into their practice. As with any other type of treatment, it is important that you have a good understanding of these treatment approaches, so you can make an informed decision if your physiotherapist suggests needling as a part of your treatment.

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Spotting Fake Health News and Misinformation

  •  May 2, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

The internet, and especially social media, also allows for the wide-spread and rapid dissemination of information regardless of its accuracy or the evidence behind the information provided.

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Golf: A Great Way to Get Active

  •  April 3, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Did you know that more Canadians participate in golf than any other sport? While this means Canadians can take advantage of the health benefits associated with golf all year, more time on the course may also increase the risk for injuries associated with the sport.

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Senior’s Health: Can Exercise Improve Memory?

  •  March 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Physical exercise and a more active lifestyle can help older adults maintain or improve memory, word finding and problem solving, and may even reverse some of these changes often associated with aging.

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Cancer: Survive and Thrive

  •  February 6, 2019

Although, cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada, advances in earlier detection and screening, as well as new, more effective treatment, mean that more people are surviving cancer than ever before. The five-year cancer survival rate has improved to 60% today with some cancers having much better five-year survival rates. This should be a good news story, but how good this news is depends on what survival looks like. Unfortunately, many survivors are left with lifelong impairments because of their cancer treatment. Common problems include fatigue, memory problems, pain, muscle wasting, and changes to the heart, lungs and bones.

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Falls Are Not a Normal Part of Aging

  •  December 21, 2018
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

As we get older it is easy to put issues with mobility or health down to simply being a “normal part of aging” and feel that nothing can be done to change the inevitable. However, though the risk of falling does increase with age for a variety of reasons, falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

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Are you Sedentary?

  •  December 5, 2018
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

We've all spent a day on the couch at some point or another. And we've all parked ourselves in front of the TV after work without a second thought. But when does all that time on the couch become a problem? Add that to the time you spend sitting at work or commuting and you may find that you've become sedentary, a lifestyle that may come with a variety of health risks.

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6 COPD Myths: BUSTED

  •  November 6, 2018
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

There’s plenty of misinformation out there regarding COPD: What it is or isn’t, can it be cured and how to manage it. Understanding the facts will help people living with COPD and their families better manage the condition and maintain an active lifestyle.

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