I love the start of a New Year- there’s so much possibility and excitement that surrounds this time of year. If you’re like me, you’ve reflected on the things you want more of in your life and have created some resolutions around them. Whether you’ve created a one-word theme for the year (thank you Gretchen […]
Happy New Year! Like the beginning of the school year signals the end of summer and a return to routine, the New Year is synonymous with a time to make changes in one’s life. These changes are often centered on the idea of self –improvement in the area of health, relationships, finance, or fitness. The […]
As most of you know I’ve made a lot of changes to my personal life over the last few months. I’ve moved from our family home and into a tiny apartment. It’s exactly what my partner and I wanted, but getting there was a long, and sometimes challenging journey. We lived with an empty nest […]
I am almost seven years past my initial injury. My life changing injury occurred in early March of 2007. It is in retrospect that I write about my experiences. And while I kept journals of throughout my experiences, I have not referred to them in at least 3 years. My journals sit on my bookshelf, […]
At one point I considered making a t-shirt, which read I Prefer Standing, (actually at one point I though about getting something else printed on a t-shirt, but I won’t use those words here)
When a condition doesn’t respond to treatment within the expected time frame, it is considered to become chronic. The change in labeling from acute to chronic signals an important distinction to healthcare providers, but more importantly to the person with the condition and those that love them.
I needed a way, many ways actually, to calm my mind- which was often racing with thoughts propelled by fear. Chronic pain plays havoc with the human mind- sending it into a downward spiral of fear and bewilderment.
Estimates vary significantly on the use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Canada and the US. Current stats indicates that approximately 72% of people have used some form of alternative medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture.
Over the next year and a half I would endure seven more rounds of injections. Each time they became easier to withstand and each time the benefit was greater. My pain was diminishing and I was becoming more stable. In conjunction with the injections I worked regularly with the physiotherapist that had confirmed my hypermobility. […]
Dr. Ko is a physiatrist and pain management specialist with a private practice. He also works at Sunny Brook Hospital and teaches at the University of Toronto in the Faculty if Medicine.