About Injury Care and Frequently Asked Questions
We can probably help you if you have an injury that falls into the musculoskeletal category. Some common conditions that we treat are located under the Conditions drop down menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read the following frequently asked questions to understand both our approach for resolving these types of conditions and how we can help you.
We use standard orthopedic and neurological tests to rule out the possibility of any pathological conditions. If you have suffered any type of trauma, such as a “motor vehicle accident”, we may require an X-ray (X-rays are covered by Alberta Health Care).
We perform a biomechanical analysis to find hidden restrictions that affect your mobility, strength, and flexibility. This biomechanical analysis lets us:
- Determine which structures are affected along the entire kinetic chain of the body.
- Pay attention to more than just the chief area of complaint. For example, a patient with a knee injury will often have accompanying restrictions in a multitude of soft-tissue structures above and below the knee. These must also be treated to effectively resolve the problem.
We identify the antagonistic structures (opposing muscle groups) to the primary structures which are causing the biomechanical imbalances. Since every body-action is based upon balance and coordination, the opposing soft-tissue structure is always affected by restrictions in the primary structure. Both these structures must be treated in order to properly resolve any soft-tissue condition.
We give each patient a copy of their diagnosis, as well as a list of structures that we will be treating!
You always know what we are doing!
We use the information that we gather to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your soft-tissue dysfunctions.
What type of treatments do you recommend and how long do the treatments take?
Dr. Abelson is an instructor of Active Release Techniques (ART)and the co-author of the first book written for the general public about ART – Release Your Pain – Resolving Repetitive Strain Injuries with Active Release Techniques.
He graduated with an award for clinical excellence and has been in clinical practice for over 18 years. Dr. Abelson’s associates include some of the best practitioners that he has found while teaching and practicing.
Do exercises form part of your treatment protocols?
We believe that effective, focused exercises play an important role in the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues. Exercise programs form a critical component of our treatment protocols.
Each of our patients receives appropriate exercises for their soft-tissue condition.
Good flexibility enables muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion. Poor flexibility leads to a higher chance of injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- Flexibility is joint-specific; a person may have excellent range of motion at one joint, yet be restricted in another.
- Stretching exercises help to realign new tissue that is being laid down in the direction of the muscle fibers.
- Without appropriate stretches, new scar tissue may form in weak random patterns, resulting in new restrictions and problems.
- Strength training is essential in the rehabilitation of any injury.
- Tissues goes through a remodeling phase which takes from six month to a year.
- When new tissue is laid down to repair an area, it is very thin and weak.
- During the remodeling phase, this tissue will increase to over ten times its original diameter if the appropriate weight training exercise are applied against it.
- Without weight or strength training the probability of re-injury remains high.
Balance and Proprioception
Proprioception describes the body’s ability to react appropriately (through balance and touch) to external forces.
- Proprioception exercises should begin early in the rehabilitation process.
- Effective proprioception exercises are designed to restore the kinesthetic awareness of the patient.
- Proprioceptive exercises form the basis for the agility, strength, and endurance required for complete rehabilitation.
Cardiovascular or aerobic exercises are essential for restoring good circulation and for increasing oxygen delivery to soft-tissues.
- Lack of oxygen and poor circulation is a primary accelerator of injuries.
Obviously, the success of this portion of the treatment protocol is highly dependant upon patient compliance! We encourage our patients to take a proactive role in their treatment by performing the exercises that we provide.
|Absolutely… Yes! We believe that good communication between your different medical practitioners is critical to ensuring that you receive the best possible care.
To keep your family physician informed and involved, we provide the following information:
Our success rate, combined with our open communication policy, has resulted in numerous practitioners, from many disciplines, referring their patients to our clinic.