Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (PBFR)

In physiotherapy, the clinical application of PBFR utilizes a Class 1 medical tourniquet system (FDA approved device) during exercise training. This unique method of rehabilitation results in enhanced strength gains and muscle hypertrophy that can usually only be attributed to high intensity strength training. However with PBFR, these enhanced strengthening, athletic performance and injury repair benefits are achieved instead with low intensity exercise, thereby protecting the injured area from heavier loading as it heals.
This safe and innovative form of rehabilitation benefits all conditions related to sports medicine and post-surgical orthopaedics (for example: bone fractures, tendon, muscle and ligament injuries) and is now offered at Go! Physiotherapy Sports + Wellness Centre.
Physiotherapist, Susan Deslippe is a clinical instructor of PBFR. Contact Go! Physiotherapy to schedule an appointment and learn more.

What does a foot nurse do? Intro to Monette Baltazar, LPN

Monette Baltazar, foot nurse, recently jointed the Go! Physiotherapy team. Want to find out more about what she does? Watch this 1 minute video to find out more. We are so glad to have her join our team at Go! Physio. Monette is taking appointments on Saturday mornings.

Intro to Registered Dietician Roya Tabesh

What inspired Go! Physiotherapy’s Roya Tabesh to become a Registered Dietician?
What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist?
We are thrilled to have Roya join our team! Watch this short video to find out more. Roya is currently taking appointments at the clinic on Saturday mornings.
 

Patellar tendinopathy

by Tariq Dossa – Registered Massage Therapist, BSc (Kin), RMT, CSCS

Patellar tendinopathy is a common condition encountered in sports medicine. Patellar tendinopathy is commonly referred to as “jumper’s knee”. However, this term is misleading as this condition is found in a wide variety of athletes, many of who do not partake in activities that include jumping.

Unfortunately, its origin and development are poorly understood, and thus it is a troublesome condition that is difficult to treat. It is considered an overuse injury characterized by activity-related, anterior (front)  knee pain associated with focal patellar-tendon tenderness just inferior (below) the patella.

Figure 1: Patellar tendinosis (jumper’s knee)

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Patellar tendinopathy is degenerative by nature and thus even if asymptomatic, tendon damage can be present. If the tissue is not allowed to fully recover, injury is is inevitable.

In individuals with short duration of symptoms complete recovery may take two to three months. In chronic cases, patellar tendinopathy recovery can be four to six months. As a result, it forces many athletes to limit their training and competition levels for prolonged periods of time, which in turn impairs performance. Perhaps as many as 33% of athletes are unable to participate in sport for more than six months and an estimated 10% of athletes with patellar symptomatic tendinopathy have to undergo surgery. Clearly, this condition can adversely affect the quality and longevity of participation in sport.

Conservative symptom management is typically attempted via the application of ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, taping and braces. Electrophysical modalities such as ultrasound, laser, and electrical stimulation are also used. In some cases local corticosteroid injection is beneficial. The literature finds that a combination of manual therapy and remedial exercise can very effectively manage patellar tendinopathy.

Don’t let knee pain prevent you from doing the things you enjoy! Come and see us today!

Snow Angel Stretch: an effective stretch to help restore shoulder movement after mastectomy.

Discover a safe and effective stretch to help your recovery after mastectomy. Susan Deslippe, a physiotherapist at Go! Physiotherapy Sports + Wellness Centre in Vancouver, will show you how.

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Cane overhead stretch

Susan Deslippe demonstrates an effective shoulder/chest stretch to do following mastectomy or radiation treatment.

Shoulder exercises post-mastectomy

Physiotherapist Susan Deslippe demonstrates a safe and effective stretch to help you recover after mastectomy.

How to avoid spinal neck and back pain when playing Violin

Musician injuries physiotherapist, Grace Cheung, walks us through a few common postural errors amongst violinists in this video segment, a first of a series of videos related to injury prevention amongst musicians. Have a visit. :)

Grace Cheung is a physiotherapist who specializes in treating musicians and performing artists. She is also a musician and plays violin, piano, guitars and is now learning the cello. Grace is co-owner of Go! Physiotherapy Sports and Wellness Centre.

First Ever Breast Cancer Meet Up in Vancouver!

Are you a Breast Cancer Survivor in Vancouver? Please join us for our first Meet Up Group. Details about registering are here.

Physiotherapy After Mastectomy

For more information see our Breast Health page.