Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ankle Injuries


An ankle sprain is a very common injury that can happen to athletes, non-athletes, children and adults.  A sprain refers to a stretching or tearing of a ligament.  Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another, and help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement. 

Most ankle sprains can be managed conservatively.

Initial conservative management of ankle sprains should follow the P.R.I.C.E. principle (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

The P.R.I.C.E. principle helps decrease pain and swelling and can be used during the rehabilitative process as needed.

Additional treatment options include:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Taping
  • Bracing
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Manual mobilization

Rehabilitative strategies should also include:

  • Exercises that incorporate active range of motion
  • Stretching and strengthening for the ankle joint and lower extremity
  • Proprioceptive/balance training to minimize the risk of ankle instability and re-injury.

An untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability.  This may also result in secondary foot, knee, hip, and back problems because of subtle changes in movement patterns. 

If you are having difficulty with ankle pain, our qualified health professionals can determine the cause of your pain and prescribe appropriate therapy and rehabilitation strategies specifically for your circumstance.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Meet Dr. Melissa Hamilton

 Meet another one of our Chiropractors, Dr. Melissa! 👋

▶ NAME - Melissa Hamilton

▶ ROLE AT CLINIC - Chiropractor

▶ CLINICAL SPECIALITY - I have a special interest in female care such as guiding rehab/exercise around hormonal profiles and postpartum care/rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunction, sport chiropractic and nutrition.

▶ WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHIROPRACTOR - I became a Chiropractor because I have always had a strong desire to help the public improve their health and wellness. Chiropractic was the perfect combination between traditional health care and athletic training. Plus, after I saw a Chiropractor myself for a hip injury from a powerlifting competition I was extremely impressed and it was a no brainer for me to apply to Chiropractic school!

▶ FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING A CHIROPRACTOR - I love being able to help educate my patients about understanding what is going on with their bodies and teaching them how to manage and improve their pain - movement is medicine!

▶ FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT NHWC - The community! We have a great team of practitioners and the community we serve is amazing. It makes the day go by fast when you are surrounded by wonderful people.

▶ FAVOURITE ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF WORK - When away from the clinic I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also can't live without the gym. I enjoy weight lifting and running. I also spend a lot of time working on my research and completing my residency program to become a sport specialist chiropractor, with a niche in female rehabilitation and performance. 🏋️‍♀️

1️⃣ I was born and raised in Courtice, ON
2️⃣ Before Chiropractic School I completed my Masters in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph - where I learned that rats are really just small dogs 🐕
3️⃣ I am also a Fitness Coach at Orangetheory Fitness Waterloo! 👟

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Meet Dr. R. Greg Lusk

Next up on our Chiropractic Team is Dr. Greg!

▶ NAME - Robert Gregory Lusk

▶ ROLE AT CLINIC - Chiropractor

▶ CLINICAL SPECIALITY - General Practice

▶ WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHIROPRACTOR - I have always been interested in biology/anatomy and participated in a variety of athletic activities growing up. As a result, I gained an appreciation for how the body moves and performs various activities, as well as experiencing muscle and joint related pain/injuries. I know how important moving and feeling well is to my quality of life so I enjoy supporting my patients with similar goals.

▶ FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING A CHIROPRACTOR - I really enjoy educating patients about things that may be contributing to their pain or complaint so we can optimize self management. I also am grateful for being able to offer patients drug free options for pain/symptom relief.

▶ FAVOURITE ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF WORK - Outside of work I enjoy being active with my wife and two children, and supporting my kids in their various activities.

1️⃣ I lived on a mining property in South Porcupine, Ontario for a number of years while growing up ⛏
2️⃣ I can still do a standing back flip that I learned while cheerleading in university
3️⃣ I enjoy doing DIY projects around my home when I have the time 🏠