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Chronic episodic low back pain.
Posted on: May 21st, 2019 by Jeffrey Begg

Acute low back pain comes, then goes and is gone. Chronic low back pain is continually there for a very long time without break. What about acute episodes of low back pain that last a short while, but seem to come back every month or 2 or 3? Is it possible to finally end this […]

Since when do physiotherapists order xrays?
Posted on: May 4th, 2019 by Jeffrey Begg

In 2013, Alberta Health granted physiotherapists ordering privileges for certain types of diagnostic imaging (xray, ultrasounds and MRI). This was another step in the advancement of primary care practice for physiotherapy in Alberta. Including myself, CSA employees a number of these qualified PTs. “I have knee pain. So you mean I don’t have to see […]

I have Achilles Tendonitis! (No you don’t. And stop stretching)
Posted on: April 21st, 2019 by Jeffrey Begg

Tendons are phenomenal structures. Our understanding of them has grown immensely in the past 25 years. In fact the proper care for tendon injuries has changed more in that time than perhaps any other injury that is commonly seen in physiotherapy. The Achilles tendon is particularly unique and notoriously difficult to treat when injured. Here […]

Waiting for joint surgery? Stop waiting, and start rehabbing.
Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Why does our system think it’s OK to wait 14 months for joint surgery? The Alberta healthcare system provides excellent and timely care for life-threatening conditions.  A sore knee or hip is considered not life-threatening, and therefore you get thrown in the queue to wait for joint surgery. What if that sore knee stops you […]

Physiotherapy Specialists – helping get the diagnosis right.
Posted on: August 1st, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Currently in Canada, there are less than 50 certified Physiotherapy Clinical Specialists.  I qualified as a specialist in bone, muscle and joint disorders in 2013, and my partner Cory Choma qualified as a pain management specialist in 2015.  We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of most types of pain and injury.  It’s not unusual […]

Groin and hip pain? It’s rarely “tight hip flexors”!
Posted on: June 6th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Groin and hip pain You’ve got that nagging pain in the front of your hip.  It’s sort of in the groin region, but a bit more in front.  When you sit, it’s basically somewhere along the fold your skin makes between your leg and your lower belly.  It’s been there for months, really, when you […]

Hip pain in middle age. What now?
Posted on: March 9th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Are you between 30 and 60 with persistent groin or hip pain?  That’s not normal.  You have to stop ignoring that.  Getting your hip assessed by an experienced physiotherapist can help preserve your hip for a healthy lifespan.  Here’s a few things to understand. Preserving your hip Hips wear out in different ways.  Sometimes the […]

Crick in the Neck?
Posted on: March 9th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Crick in the neck? What now? You woke up with quite a bit of neck pain.  You can’t turn your head to look over your shoulder.  In fact, you can hardly move your neck at all.  That’s not uncommon, and it usually isn’t anything serious.  Let’s assume you don’t have any prior neck injury or […]

How a body should live: Part 2
Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Previously, we talked about how a body should live from birth to 40 and from 40 to 60.  Here’s my final bit of advice: (and for the record, working with people after 60 to keep joints healthy is one of my favourite challenges). 60 and beyond:  Don’t fall. From birth to age 40: Have fun. […]

How a body should live: Part 1
Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Jeffrey Begg

Lately, I’ve come up with a simple bit of advice for how I think a body should live, based on 20 years in my profession watching people do it well, and often not so well. So, you want to live an active, healthy life? Welcome to the club. It doesn’t just happen by chance though. […]

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