Concussion

Concussions happen. Skiing and snowboarding can lead to a fall and hit to the head. Other sports are culprits too. Even motor vehicle accidents where there has been no hit to the head, but an indirect force as in whiplash, can cause this sort of brain injury. Some of the symptoms of a concussion include new onset headaches, brain fog, dizziness, seeing stars, nausea/vomiting, memory loss. Not all people who have suffered a concussion experience loss of consciousness.

When it comes to healing the brain post concussion, I look to allowing for the brain to rest, to keeping inflammation in check and to ramping up neurological support.

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Healing From An Injury

Back to the wound healing process. After any soft tissue injury the body has specific series of responses, divided into 3 consecutive phases. The acute inflammatory phase. The proliferative or repair phase. And the tissue remodeling phase. The acute inflammatory phase occurs within minutes of an injury and continues over the next 3 days. If you stop this phase from going through completion by taking anti-inflammatories, your body doesn’t progress naturally into the proliferative and remodeling phases. Plus Professor James McCormack, from UBC, confirms there is no evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID) improve the outcome of acute sports injuries.

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Collagen

What a phenomenal January! Bumps. Powder turns. Endless runs. Grins from ear to ear. But if you ask your knees, they may have a different story. Your knees take the brunt of it and often are what gets you to call it a day.

How can you preserve the cushioning in your knee joints while still tackling those mogul runs? Let’s look at what your knees are meant to be made of and what is lost when we talk of being bone on bone…Collagen.

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Patellofemoral Syndrome

An all too common cause of knee pain, especially in runners, is due to patellofemoral pain syndrome. The high frequency of this syndrome in runner's is signified by it's coined name "Runner's Knee". This is caused by patella tracking problems during flexion and extension. The patella is also known as the knee cap. Over time damage can occur to the undersurface of the patella and lead to chondromalacia patella if left untreated. 

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Pain in the Head

Headaches can be a nuisance to down right debilitating. Those of you who suffer from headaches I can imagine can attest to the wish to be rid of these burdens.

Patients seek help from naturopathic doctors for a variety of reasons — they want off their current medication, their medication is no longer that magic bullet or they haven’t found a medication that works for their particular headache.

Whatever the source of your headaches, my aim is to get to the bottom of it and bring you relief.

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My Story

I am a second generation Physician. My father is a family practice physician. Of my five siblings, there is an emergency physician, ICU nurse and an osteopathic physician. Conversations around the dinner table can get interesting, to say the least.

From a young age I knew I wanted to be a doctor. Some are called to this vocation through their own healing journey. For me,

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Prolotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Some of us can predict the weather without looking at the barometer. It’s when the joints start talking – cracking, achy, and stiff – as the weather turns to the damp wet coast that we all know well.

These joint symptoms are the signature of arthritis. This inflammatory condition of the joints can bring with it cartilage deterioration. But more importantly to the person affected – pain and subsequent reduction in activity.

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