The following are some of the most common conditions we treat or help to manage at Altima Wellness Centre:
As a result of disc degeneration and break down, sometimes inner material leaks out and covers the outer portion of the disc. This condition is known as disc herniation.
Common symptoms of lumbar disc herniation are as follow:
- Leg or foot pain, which can happen with or without lower back pain
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the leg or foot
- Pain in the lower back or buttock
Conservative treatment options of lumbar disc herniation include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Heat/Ice therapy
If the pain persists more than six weeks, it is reasonable to consider surgical options.
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are experts in pain relief and management of Lumbar Disc Herniation (pre or post-surgery). Please book your free consultation today.
Neck strain is the injury to the neck area. Common causes of neck strain are as follow:
- Whiplash, which often happens in accidents
- Repetitive or prolonged neck extension
- Abnormal posture
Common symptoms of neck strain are as follow:
- Tingling sensation
If the pain persists for more than a few days, physiotherapy and chiropractic can often help a lot. Treatments may include traction, physical modalities, laser therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises. It is normally suggested that the patient gets 7-8 sessions of treatment followed by massage therapy.
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are experts in pain relief and treatment of Neck Strain. Please book your free consultation today.
Arthritis is inflammation of the joint, there are different kinds of Arthritis but the most common one is Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect both large and small joints. It starts with minor pain during activity, and in aged population it can cause pain in rest position.
Currently, there is no cure for Osteoarthritis but one can prevent Osteoarthritis from worsening by doing physical therapy to strengthen muscles and joints. Weight loss is also very important to reduce stress on joints. In severe cases, surgery is the only possible option.
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are experts in pain relief and management of Osteoarthritis. Please book your free consultation today.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of plantar fascia. This medical condition is caused by repetitive strain to the ligament that supports the arch. Plantar fasciitis typically causes more problems in people who are:
- Subject to prolonged standing or walking
- Have tight Achilles tendon or tight calf muscles
Patients of all ages, who suffer from plantar fasciitis, can benefit from specifically designed exercises such as toe stretching, calf stretching and towel stretching. Also, custom made orthotics is a proven device in providing pain relief, correcting posture and increasing range of motion (ROM). At Altima Wellness Centre, our professionals are highly trained to treat plantar fasciitis. We use advanced GaitScan technology, 3-D foams and work only with certified laboratories to make the best quality custom orthotics for our patients. Please book a free consultation today.
Rotator cuff tendinitis is a very common medical condition. Rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons when they are injured.
Two common symptoms of Rotator cuff tendinitis are pain and weakness of shoulder. In some people pain can travel down to the arm and all the way to the elbow. Most common causes of rotator cuff tendinitis are as follows:
- Injury (sport, accident, work, etc.)
- Repetitive or sudden movements
Physical therapy and daily stretching can be very helpful at early stages of tendinitis.
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are experts in pain relief and treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis. Please book your free consultation today.
Sciatica is irritation/compression of the nerve. Common symptoms include:
- Lower and buttock pain
- Numbness in some parts of leg or foot
Sciatica is usually diagnosed by physical examination and history of symptoms. Spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis, Piriformis syndrome and pregnancy can be different causes of sciatica. It is common that medication won’t help in most cases; especially NSAIDS do not appear to help acute Sciatica. Research has shown that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for acute sciatica and is totally safe for the treatment of sciatica related pain.
As a leading pain clinic serving Richmond Hill area, Altima Wellness Centre has helped many patients with Sciatica. Please book your free consultation today.
Tension headache is one of the most common types of headache. It is usually described as constant pressure over the head, and it can last from few minutes to days. It is also more common in women than men. Some causes of tension headache are as follow:
- Not getting enough sleep (i.e., lack of sleep)
- Not eating well (i.e., poor diet)
- Bad posture
Acupuncture and manual therapy are both very effective techniques in treating tension headaches without the use of drugs. To address tension headaches in long term, causes of the headache should be identified and resolved.
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are experts in pain relief and educating patients on ways to prevent tension headaches from occurring. Please book your free consultation today.
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck area; it is also called neck strain or sprain. Whiplash injuries are mainly due to rear impacts and normally occur after sudden acceleration-deceleration forces. Motor Vehicle Accidents (e.g., car accidents) are common causes of whiplash injuries that if stays untreated it might eventually lead to severe conditions including depression and anxiety. Some symptoms of whiplash are as follow:
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder and back pain
- Difficulty swallowing
Whiplash injury is treatable, especially when diagnosed early and therapy starts soon after the accident. The appropriate treatment is unique to each injury, however your therapist might recommend the following to treat whiplash injuries:
- Special stretching and strengthening exercises
- Mobilization and manual therapy
- Muscle relaxation and simulation
Our health care professionals at Altima Wellness Centre are very experienced in treatment of whiplash injuries. They can help you get back to your normal daily activity and recover as soon as possible. Please book your free consultation today.
P.S: Please also see our post on What to do after a car accident.