WHAT IS ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS? Your rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that act to stabilize the shoulder joint. The 4 rotator cuff muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis With rotator cuff tendinitis, one (or multiple) of the rotator cuff tendons gets inflamed. Repetitive strain, overhead movements, and increased stress on the…

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WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY? Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body? With Achilles Tendinitis, the Achilles tendon, also known as the common plantar flexor tendon, gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. You might hear…

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WHAT IS JUMPER’S KNEE? With jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), the quadriceps tendon/ligament structure gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. It is more common in younger, athletic populations, especially in sports that involve a lot of jumping and explosive movements. HOW DO I KNOW…

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WHAT IS GOLFER’S ELBOW? Golfer’s elbow is the common term for medial epicondylitis. It is not as common as lateral epicondylitis. With medial epicondylitis, the common flexor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW? Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis. It is the most common elbow injury. With lateral epicondylitis, the common extensor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENDINOPATHY (OR TENDINITIS)? Tendons are structures that attach muscle to bone. They act as springs (mainly for recoil) and shock-absorbers. Tendinopathy (also sometimes referred to as tendinitis) is a failed healing response of the tendon leading to disrepair and weakening of the tendon. Too much stress or overuse of the tendons can result…

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vertebrae showing normal versus central spinal stenosis with a text bubble saying spinal stenosis and leg cramps

Nighttime leg cramps are very common in patients with spinal stenosis.  Research has investigated why the connection between cramps and stenosis exists. We also see that managing the spinal stenosis can be helpful for the leg cramps, and furthermore help with long term nerve and muscle health. More information on nighttime leg cramps is found…

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a skeletal model with a highlighted area over the shoulder, indicating a painful trigger point

Shoulder pain is very common and tends to recur despite medical treatment [5]. When assessing the shoulder, we consider all sources of shoulder pain, from joint dysfunction, endocrine disorders (including diabetic shoulder pain) and muscule/tissue origins of pain, such as frozen shoulder and myofascial pain syndrome, which is associated with trigger points. Trigger points are…

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anatomical musclular model with a red portion indicating low back pain, from trigger points

Low back pain is a very common, with the majority experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. When assessing the low back, we consider mechanical causes of back pain (such as joint dysfunction), disc issues, age related changes and muscular origins of pain. Trigger points are hypersensitive painful points in muscle, which…

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Organic Acids Test logo with text bubble saying Great Plains Laboratory: Organic Acids Test which naturopaths will use to test chronic fatigue

Organic Acids Test (OAT) by Great Plains Laboratory This Test is useful for: Chronic Gastrointestinal DisordersChronic Inflammatory DisordersMitochondrial DisordersGenetic DisordersNeuropsychiatric ConditionsNeurological ConditionsAutismPDD Lab offered by: Specimen Type: Urine Results Returned in: 10 Days Sample Report The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot with over 70 markers. It provides an evaluation of intestinal…

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