Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition that results from an imbalance between tissue wear and repair in the Achilles tendon – at the back of the ankle. It usually develops slowly over time, although symptoms can come on quite suddenly.

Factors affecting tissue wear can include activity level, biomechanics, muscle imbalance and footwear. Factors that affect tissue repair can include age, gender, genetics, sleep, fitness level, and certain medications and medical conditions.

Why Should I Know the Signs?

Achilles pain is common in athletes and for those who spend a large portion of their day standing or walking. The development of tendon pain is often preceded by a change in activity level, for example running longer distances or spending more time walking at a new job. Sometimes tendon pain can come on several months after making such a change. Other times it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the injury, since tendonitis is influenced by so many factors.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

The ideal treatment for Achilles tendonitis will depend on how old the injury is, the section of tendon affected, and the type and degree of tissue change that is present (for example is the tendon thickened, or are there bony changes where the tendon attaches to the heel bone). Management will often involve activity modification as well as a progressive exercise program.

Your physiotherapist can help to confirm your diagnosis (several other conditions can cause pain at the back of the ankle!) and can help to identify and correct any muscle imbalances or biomechanical problems that may be contributing to your injury. Achilles tendonitis can also benefit from Shockwave Therapy which is offered at all Sun City Physiotherapy locations.

Rob Heimbach is a registered physiotherapist who works out of our Glenmore clinic. His passions include distance running, hiking, tennis, curling, and beach volleyball. He is an outdoors and movement enthusiast who enjoys helping people return to pain free movement!

Sun City Physiotherapy Locations

Downtown

1468 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-861-8056
downtown@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Glenmore

103-437 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-762-6313
glenmore@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lake Country/Winfield

40-9522 Main St., Lake Country, BC
Phone: 250-766-2544
winfield@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lower Mission

3970 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 778-699-2006
lowermission@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

What Is Scoliosis?

What Is Scoliosis?

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine, usually diagnosed in adolescents; often without a known cause.

What is Scheuermann’s Kyphosis?

It is a (hyper)kyphosis; a spinal deformity that leads to a more rounded appearance of one’s upper back (sometimes referred to as a “roundback” or “hunchback”)

What does this look like; and what does that mean for me or my child?

It means that you may have noticed some differences in the appearance of your child or yourself as compared to peers: uneven hips, waist, and/or shoulders, a “sticking out” spot on the ribs and/or back, a shoulder blade that doesn’t match the other side. You or your child may also experience increasing symptoms as the condition progresses, such as pain, breathing difficulty, osteoarthritis, mental health problems, and decreased health-related quality of life.

What is Schroth? 

Schroth exercises are an evidence-supported, set of physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises (PSSE). They are aimed at preventing the progression of the spinal curve, or to optimize post surgical results. Studies have shown that Schroth is effective for decreasing pain, improving quality of life, increasing back muscle endurance and range of motion, and improving self-image.

Does timing matter?

Early detection and care planning are very important. The options for, and effectiveness of treating a scoliosis or kyphosis vary with stages of skeletal maturity. If you suspect you, your child or teen has scoliosis or kyphosis, it is important to get it screened by a professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist.

What should I expect when signing up for Schroth therapy?

  • Assessment of your posture/curve and movement
  • Education about your scoliosis/kyphosis
  • Specific Exercises, positions and postures to practice at home
  • Monitoring your scoliosis/kyphosis

Scoliosis and Kyphosis management is a team approach which includes your family doctor (observation, monitoring, and care coordination), physiotherapist (physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises), orthotist (bracing), and surgeon (surgery).

Sun City Physiotherapy Locations

Downtown

1468 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-861-8056
downtown@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Glenmore

103-437 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-762-6313
glenmore@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lake Country/Winfield

40-9522 Main St., Lake Country, BC
Phone: 250-766-2544
winfield@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lower Mission

3970 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 778-699-2006
lowermission@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Shaking Sugar Cravings

Shaking Sugar Cravings

Shaking Sugar Cravings

5 Tips for shaking those lingering holiday sugar cravings:

Holidays…we love them…and we tend to overdo the treats a bit during them. That’s okay, but battling those sugar cravings while adjusting back to reality and fighting off the post holiday illness, often makes for added frustration. Try these simple tricks to try to get back on track and focused on your holiday resolutions:

  1. Drink your water! Sometimes this alone can help curb those sweet cravings! Often, during this cold time of year, we do not drink as much water as usual. Try having a glass first thing in the morning and supplementing throughout the day with caffeine free teas to help boost overall water intake.
  2. Make sure you are including those starchy carbohydrates. The dieting culture almost makes cutting carbs seem like a normal thing. It’s not! Carbohydrates are not the enemy, they are actually the main source of energy for your body and brain. When the body breaks down carbohydrates it turns them into sugars. This is what is transported to your cells to give you energy (along with other important jobs). If you cut out our starchy carbs (i.e. breads, pastas, rice, potatoes etc.,) you may notice that you feel low energy, mood swings and/or feelings of frustration or agitation. What you will also notice is that you may be rummaging through all the cupboards and fridge looking for that something – not quite satisfied – craving quick sugars (aka processed sugars). Instead of cutting out those starchy carbs, make sure you include them in your healthy diet (try choosing higher fibre choices) as this actually helps fight off some of those sugar cravings!
  3. Balanced meals: It sounds simple, right? But balanced meals really do help kick those sugar cravings! If you skimp on any of the portions, you may notice more evening cravings, or feelings of constant hunger. To make meal planning easier – and better for you – book an appointment with a Registered Dietician. Help is just an appointment away!
  4. Try having natural sugar instead. Processed sugar is often referred to as a ‘drug-like addiction’, the body wants more and more. The body can be lazy, and these sugars have already been processed, so your body doesn’t have to do much work to receive the ‘benefits’. Foods that naturally contain sugar often also contain fibre, protein, or fat. These all help to satisfy the body, but still give that sugar you’re craving. Next time you are caving that fudge or sweet treat after a meal, try having a piece of fruit or yogurt instead!
  5. And finally….If you’re having a treat for simply the pleasure of having a treat (in moderation), ENJOY it!! Be conscious of portion size (i.e. have a bowl, not the WHOLE ice cream bin!), eat it mindfully, really savour it… and DON’T compensate calories for it at your next meal. Just go back to regular eating, have a healthy relationship with treats! Happy Chomping!

If this is the year to take better care of your heart, to manage your IBS or diabetes, to lose weight or gain a bit of extra, or you just want to revamp the family dietary style, book an appointment with Janice Fitzpatrick, RD, at Sun City Physiotherapy. Janice can give you more specifics on this topic, or any other nutritional matter. And Registered Dietitian services are covered by many extended benefits, some offering direct billing services! Please check with your Sun City Physiotherapy Client Care Team.

Sun City Physiotherapy Locations

Downtown

1468 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-861-8056
downtown@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Glenmore

103-437 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-762-6313
glenmore@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lake Country/Winfield

40-9522 Main St., Lake Country, BC
Phone: 250-766-2544
winfield@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lower Mission

3970 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 778-699-2006
lowermission@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Injury Magnet

Injury Magnet

Injury Magnet

 

Sun City Physiotherapy Locations

Downtown

1468 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-861-8056
downtown@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Glenmore

103-437 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-762-6313
glenmore@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lake Country/Winfield

40-9522 Main St., Lake Country, BC
Phone: 250-766-2544
winfield@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info

Lower Mission

3970 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 778-699-2006
lowermission@suncityphysiotherapy.com
more info