The Timberlane Blog2019-10-04T09:15:38+05:00

5 simple balance exercises to help reduce your risk of falls

More than 1 in 4 older adults falls each year which can lead to pain, serious injury, loss of mobility and independence. One out of 10 falls results in serious injuries such as hip fractures and head injuries and are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to adults over the age of 65. This can lead to lengthy, expensive, and painful recovery times and result in changes in a person’s independence and confidence. What are the risk factors? Falls are usually multi-factorial, meaning they may have more than one cause. This may include any number of personal, behavioral, or environmental risk factors. Personal risk factors include health issues that place a person at a higher risk for falling and may include muscle weakness, balance problems, impaired vision, chronic health conditions, joint pain, heart and lung conditions, loss of sensation in the [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Five Exercises to Prevent Injury in Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding can be a blast, and is a great way to keep active during the winter but it can cause of many of the injuries we see in the winter. There is opportunity for anything from wrist fractures or concussions from losing control and wiping out, to thigh strains or back pain injuries from over doing it. One of the reasons winter sports can cause injuries, is that they usually are not something we train for all year. Keeping fit with other activities all year round helps with preparation for winter sport season, but keeping the right muscles active and strong is important. What are the best exercises to do? Squats  Squats are a great exercise to build quad and glute strength, and prevent knee injury. This is a motion you are going to be doing a lot of [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Overuse vs Growing Pains

Many children between the ages of 3 to 12 years old, experience what is known as growing pains. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms to avoid future injuries. Growing pains Growing pain occur in the earlier stages of growth, not during the rapid growth of puberty. In general, there is no specific injury, and the pain is in various joints and muscles of the limbs, usually knees and hips. Some signs of growing pains include: Pain on both sides of the body Pain typically at night and usually worse after a day with more activity Pain subsides by morning With more children specializing in just one sport, we are seeing an increase in overuse injuries. These injuries can affect the athlete later on in their childhood and on into adulthood. We understand the pressure on children to get [...]

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

5 Quick Tips for Headaches

More than 47% of the world’s population are affected by headaches. Many people don’t think that a physical therapist is able to help with their headaches, but they are able to diagnose and find the root of the problem.  For example, some headaches can come from neck trauma, head injury, jaw disorders, or poor posture. Take a quick minute and see if you answer yes to any of these following questions. Do you often: Wake up with a headache? Grind your teeth at night? Get a headache after sitting for a long time at the computer? Feel “knots” in your neck, upper back or shoulder? Sit most of the day? Here are 5 quick tips that can help you if you suffer from headaches.   1. Try physical therapy. Physical Therapists are skilled at identifying the musculoskeletal components that may be [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Poor leg mechanics can cause myriad back and other problems.

Has your someone ever told you getting different shoes will help with your back pain? Or that stretching your hips or back will help with your foot pain? It may sounds crazy, but problems with one area of the body often is being caused by bad movement elsewhere. A problem myself and other physical therapists see time and time again is poor leg mechanics causing problems at the back, knee, ankle and hips. When we push off to do movements such as:climb hills/stairs; stand/sit from a chair; run, or lift something heavy there is a lot of different joints and muscles involved in this chain of movement. If there is one weak link in the chain, it can cause problems with the whole movement and lead to wear in tear, or sudden injury of the one of the areas involved. [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Physical Therapy|0 Comments

My head is spinning: Treating vertigo with physical therapy

Vertigo refers to the sensation of motion – a whirling and loss of balance. Vertigo sufferers feel that they or their surroundings are spinning, even if perfectly still. If you experience vertigo regularly, you are not alone. It’s an extremely common condition, especially as we age. This sensation is highly disturbing and upsetting. Also, vertigo increases fall risk and the serious injuries associated with falls. Vertigo varies in intensity from person to person. For some, the sensation is so debilitating that it can spur a trip the nearest emergency room. Others deal with this sensation as a benign, but chronic, annoyance. Those with vertigo often experience dizziness, and sometimes, nausea. Often, vertigo starts immediately following a head movement, and it doesn’t take much. Just turning in bed or tilting back the head can trigger episodic vertigo. Many vertigo sufferers have sought [...]

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Physical Therapy, Vertigo|Tags: , |0 Comments