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September 14, 2020
Tendonitis in the Wrist

Tendonitis in the wrist is a common overuse injury. The joint itself is made up of the radius and ulnar bones, as well as the proximal row of carpal bones including the lunate, the scaphoid, and, via ligamentous connections, the triquetral and pisiform. Tendonitis in the wrist can involve either the distal flexor or extensor […]

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September 3, 2020
All you need to know about neck and shoulder pain

Both neck and shoulder pain are common musculoskeletal complaints that account for many physician visits yearly. The primary drivers of shoulder symptoms are diverse and can include the rotator cuff complex, the glenohumeral joint, the acromioclavicular joint, the sternoclavicular joint and other soft and inert tissue structures around the shoulder. However, the neck itself can […]

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August 28, 2020
What is a Sciatic Nerve Pain?

The sciatic nerve is a nerve that is derived from the low back after the merging of spinal nerve roots L4-S2 from the lumbosacral plexus. It travels from the low back down through the posterior hip through the sciatic notch and continues down the posterior thigh to just above the posterior knee. Pain from this […]

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August 10, 2020
Lower Back Pain- Symptoms and Treatments

Lower back pain affects 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime and is the 5th most common reason for physician visits. There can be many causes of low back pain which can include pain from mechanical, neurogenic, visceral, metabolic, or psychogenic origins. The clinical course can be described as acute, subacute, recurrent or chronic. There are […]

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July 20, 2020
Tennis Elbow- Causes and Treatment

Lateral epicondylitis, known commonly as “Tennis Elbow”, is a common overuse injury of the lateral elbow. The elbow joint itself is made up of three bones: the humerus, the radius and the ulna. The distal end of the humerus has both a medial and lateral epicondyle. Tennis Elbow commonly involves the extensor compartment of the […]

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July 7, 2020
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Symptoms and Treatment

Shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries we treat, ranging from rotator cuff injuries to more complex neurological conditions. One such condition we treat is known as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). TOS can present in multiple ways as there are multiple structures in the shoulder that can be affected, which is why it […]

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June 25, 2020
Snapping Hip Syndrome

A common complaint we get from a wide variety of patients, whether they are high-level athletes or people getting back into an exercise routine, is that they experience a snapping or popping sensation in the front of their hip with activity. It can range from a small “click” to a deep “thud” kind of sound […]

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June 15, 2020
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and its Treatment

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is probably one of the most common types of injuries that we see. Part of the reason I say that is that PFPS is an umbrella term that includes several conditions but also because we will see it more often inactive individuals. PFPS itself is a condition that affects the patellofemoral […]

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June 3, 2020
Fibromyalgia- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Fibromyalgia is a condition that we seem to hear a lot about but overall seems to be a bit of a mystery to those of us who don’t suffer from it. Part of the reason for the mystery is that Fibromyalgia is largely a diagnosis by exclusion, meaning that no other diagnosis seems to make […]

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May 1, 2020
Things to Know about Dupuytren Disease

Dupuytren disease (or contracture) is a condition that affects a person’s hand by locking 1 or more of the fingers into a bent position, and for that reason can have a huge impact on his or her day to day activities. Dupuytren disease is a progressive condition that affects the palmar fascia of the hand. […]

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April 17, 2020
4 Tips If You Have Pain on the Outside of Your Hip

Hip pain is very common and there can be a variety of causes for it. If your pain is mainly on the outside of your hip, appeared gradually over time and often comes on when laying on that side, crossing your legs or with repetitive movements like walking or stairs, it is typically related to […]

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April 6, 2020
You have a Painful Lump on Your Wrist – Now What?

One potential cause for a painful swollen area on the wrist or back of the hand is a ganglion cyst. Essentially, a ganglion cyst is a small pocket over a joint or tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone) where fluid has built up. Most often, this happens on the back of the wrist, although […]

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March 16, 2020
FAQ answered about Osgood Schlatters Disease

What is Osgood Schlatters? Osgood Schlatters is a growth-related disease that can cause pain for active adolescent children (10-15 years old for males, 8-13 years old for females), typically after a growth spurt. There does not need to be any trauma for the pain from Osgood Schlatters to come on. Teenagers may complain of knee […]

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March 6, 2020
What is Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease and who gets it?

Osgood-Schlatter disease happens when the quadricep tendon repetitively pulls on the patella and patellar tendon that attaches to the growth plate of the shinbone. This condition is one of the most common causes of knee pain in children and adolescents that are in a growth spurt and around the age of puberty. In most cases, […]

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February 26, 2020
Hamstring Strain Treatment: How Can Physiotherapy Help?

What is a hamstring strain? The hamstrings are a group of three muscles that run along the back of the thigh and work to stabilize and flex (bend) the knee. The muscles that make up the hamstring include biceps femoris, semimembranosus, and semitendinosus. When one or more of these muscles are injured it is known […]

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February 20, 2020
Spinal Compression Fractures and Osteoporosis: How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Overview of Osteoporosis and Spinal Compression Fractures Osteoporosis is a disease where both bone quality and strength, are significantly reduced. The disease can range from mild to severe bone loss and without proper management, typically increases in severity over time. When living with osteoporosis, an important consideration is that you are at a much higher […]

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February 12, 2020
Scoliosis and Osteoporosis

The spine is very important to structure of the body. It holds and supports the entire body structure. Considered one of the most debilitating spine conditions, scoliosis is often also associated with a condition called osteoporosis. Let us discuss scoliosis and osteoporosis. What is Scoliosis? The spine is considered abnormal when it moves away from […]

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February 5, 2020
Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is the Iliotibial Band? The iliotibial band is a thick band of fascia on the lateral aspect knee. It extends from outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The iliotibial band plays a very crucial role in stabilizing the knee during running, walking and standing. This […]

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January 29, 2020
Hamstrings strain & Management

What is the most common form of injury in sports? It would be muscular sprain and strain type injuries. In the leg, the Hamstrings and calf muscles are your most commonly affected by strain. Today, we will discuss the hamstring muscle, hamstring strain and management of these injuries. What is the Hamstring Muscle? A hamstring […]

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January 22, 2020
Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

There are vastly different types of joints in the human body. The elbow is a complex join, having multiple small joints within its structure. The elbow is a hinge – type joint. We will go through the anatomy of the elbow, and a common affliction of this rather complex joint, golfer's elbow. What is the […]

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January 15, 2020
Exercises & Arthritis

What is Exercise? Exercise is an activity that engages the person in physical activity and increasing the heart rate beyond the resting level. Exercise is helpful in improving physical and mental health. What is Arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint. It can happen to any joint in the human body. The two most […]

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January 8, 2020
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb is commonly injured by falling onto an outstretched hand or in sports where the thumb metacarpal phalangeal joint (MP) is hyperextended or hyper-abducted. This injury can have many names such as “skiers thumb”, “gamekeepers thumb”, and “break dancers thumb.” What is a ligament? A ligament is like […]

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January 3, 2020
What is Pes Anserine Bursitis?

Do you have pain around your knee? How do you know if the pain is coming from your knee or other structures in the area? Do you hear a click, a pop, feel like your knee is catching or going to give out? If not, it may not be the ligaments or meniscus in the […]

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December 31, 2019
Femoroactabular Impingement of the hip (FAI)

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, due to the ball-like the top of your thighbone fitting into a cup-like area within your pelvis.  Each surface is lined with a thin layer of smooth cartilage that is there to cushion and protect the integrity of the bones, as well as to reduce friction […]

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December 24, 2019
Triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries (TFCC)

The Triangular fibrocartilage complex of TFCC is a combination of ligamentous and cartilaginous tissue that is integral to helping cushion, as well as stabilize the space in between the ulna and radius bones on the small finger side of the wrist.  It consists of many different structures including an articular disc, meniscus homologue, ulnocarpal ligament […]

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December 21, 2019
Chondromalacia Patella- Grading System and Treatment

Chondromalacia patella, more commonly referred to as runners knee, is a condition where the cartilage along the underside of the kneecap begins to soften and deteriorates over time.  When looking at the anatomy of the knee, the patella, or kneecap is designed to glide over a narrow groove on the top of the femur.  Due […]

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December 18, 2019
Scaphoid Fracture- Symptoms and Treatments

The scaphoid is one of eight carpal bones that make up the wrist joint.  Relative to the rest of the carpal bones it has a long curved shape to it and is located on the thumb side of the wrist.  It functions as an important mobilizer and stabilizer within the wrist joint.  When looking at […]

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December 13, 2019
Wrist Pain: Could it be your TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex)?

What is the TFCC and how is it injured?  The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a small structure located between your ulna (a long bone of the forearm) and the lunate and triquetrum (small cube-like bones in your wrist). The TFCC is located on the pinky finger side of your wrist, right where the wrist […]

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December 11, 2019
Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: Are PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections Helpful?

An Overview of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis For a multitude of factors, many people will develop osteoarthritis (OA) as they age, with the most significant risk factors being obesity, previous joint injuries, genetics, older age, and being of the female gender. In its simplest terms, OA results from wear and tear of the joints over […]

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December 4, 2019
ACL Injuries - Treatments and Risks

ACL injuries occur typically from a non-contact force such as sudden deceleration. In these scenarios, the quick deceleration causes a forceful contraction of the quadriceps muscle, which pulls on the tibia (shin bone) causing it to dislocate anteriorly (forwards). However, these injuries can occur in traumatic fashions as well, such as a blow to the […]

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November 27, 2019
Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist

The wrist is made up of 8 small carpal bones arranged in two rows. The scaphoid bone is an obliquely oriented bone that can be found on the radial (thumb) side of the wrist. It is the most commonly fractured carpal bone in the hand accounting for 60-70% of all hand fractures. The majority of […]

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November 19, 2019
Hamstring Physiotherapy Explained

A hamstring injury is a result of the excessive load of the musculotendinous unit. These injuries can present a real challenge for both rehabilitation professionals and athletes alike, as muscle injuries account for ~ 1/3 of all sports-related injuries. It can occur in several manners such as a high velocity concentric (shortening) contraction of the […]

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November 13, 2019
Things to Know About Elbow Anatomy

Time for a quick anatomy tutorial on the elbow joint. This joint, located between the shoulder and wrist joints, plays a major role in our daily tasks. Hinge Joint The joint is known as a “hinge joint”. The movement at this joint takes place between 3 bones: The radius (1/2 of the forearm) The ulna […]

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November 5, 2019
5 Things You Need to Know About Tendinopathy

“Tendonitis”. Common words that are used for all types of pain in joints, from the ankle, all the way up to the wrist, elbow and shoulder. But what does it mean? Tendinopathies are altered healing responses of the tendon, which, when we analyze this tendon, show features that include alterations in the cells that make […]

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October 29, 2019
Rotator cuff tears of the Shoulder

If you’ve suffered a recent injury to your shoulder and it is remaining sore and stiff … you may have a rotator cuff tear?  How will you know?  The first thing to do is to see your physiotherapist for an evaluation.  Taking a proper history of how and when your symptoms began is key in […]

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October 22, 2019
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy also commonly referred to as (PRP) is one of the evolving interventions in a new field in healthcare known as “regenerative medicine”.   Other interventions you may have heard of in this field include stem cell therapy, gene editing, or cellular reprogramming.  Although PRP has been available for several years it is […]

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October 15, 2019
Meniscal Injuries of the Knee

If you’ve suffered a recent injury to your knee and it is remaining swollen and/or you have difficulty bending or straightening your knee fully … you may have a meniscal tear?  How will you know?  What to do? The first thing to do is to see your physiotherapist for an evaluation.  Taking a proper history […]

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October 8, 2019
If You have Arthritis should You Exercise

That answer is not the same for everyone.  Generally, exercise is beneficial but there may be certain circumstances where you may want to take a pass on going for that run?  To understand how exercising may affect your arthritic joint you first need to understand arthritis.  The term itself is made up of two parts […]

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October 1, 2019
Things to Know About Knee Braces

Will my knee benefit from a brace?    That answer is not the same for everyone.  The decision to consider bracing for a knee involves weighing the pros and cons of what that brace may do for the problem at hand and how it might affect an individual's function?  Braces of any sort typically are […]

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September 24, 2019
3 Differences Between Elite Runners and Average Runners

As a physiotherapist, I have been analyzing gait for many years.  This has included evaluating running gait in people who want to run better, avoid injuries, or try to discover why they are having injuries when they run.  I have found that there are some very distinct differences between an elite long-distance runner and an […]

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September 18, 2019
Things to Know About the Gait Cycle

Gait is a fancy word for someone’s walking pattern. A gait cycle starts from the second one foot hits the ground, to when that same foot cycles through and contacts the ground again. Your gait can be changed by a lot of different factors. Pain, muscle weakness/ tightness, injury, casts /braces, or even just how your bones are formed can change your gait pattern. The gait cycle is broken […]

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September 10, 2019
Healthy Computer Habits

Is my 8-hour desk job creating my pain? Society is shifting towards a more sedentary work lifestyle, and it’s true, the majority of us shuffle off to our 8am-5pm workday knowing that we will be stationary, most likely staring at a screen for the majority of the workdays. So if I am not mindful of my posture, […]

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September 3, 2019
Knee Braces Explained

Knee Braces. They have been used for decades. From the weekend warrior to the elite level athlete, and everything in between, they have been a way to help individuals optimize their function and perform their activities of daily living with less pain. So how do they help? Firstly, it is important to understand the following:  […]

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August 28, 2019
Most Common Cause of Lower Back Pain

​You may be experiencing low back pain and are unsure what it means, why it occurs, or what you can do about it. There may be various symptoms that you are experiencing in the low back as well as symptoms in the hips, buttocks, and legs that may be connected to the low back. The […]

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August 20, 2019
How does Acupuncture Help

Conditions it may help include: Acupuncture. It’s been around for centuries. This therapeutic technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating disease has been shown over the years to help with a variety of conditions by inserting fine needles into specific points of the body. Chronic Low back, Neck Pain Headaches (both migraine and tension) Whiplash  Tendonitis Strains/Sprains […]

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August 14, 2019
Back Care For Office Workers

By Anup Keshruwala (B.P.T) Upper, mid and low back pain can easily affect your quality of life.  Office workers suffer from back pain for a variety of reasons. A physiotherapist is an excellent resource to assist office workers with their back pain. What are sprains and strains? A back strain is an injury to either a muscle or tendon, while a back sprain is the […]

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August 7, 2019
What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a modality or machine, that is used to treat common tendon, soft tissue and bone injuries.  It works by exerting a mechanical pressure (a sound wave) through the affected tissue that creates increased metabolism and blood flow, among other processes, in order to help encourage cellular repair and accelerate healing of the […]

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August 1, 2019
What should you know about Strains and Sprains?

If the “PRICE” isn’t right, we may need to call the “POLICE”:  A brief update on the management of acute sprains and strains of soft tissue. By Dan Krebs BSc MScPT MClSc FCAMPT CGIMS First off, I want to briefly talk about some terminology with respect to muscle (contractile tissue) and inert (non-contractile) tissue injuries. […]

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July 24, 2019
Why Your Office Should Be Ergonomic

The word ergonomic means “creating efficiency and comfort in the working environment”, which in turn helps workers to stay healthy and uninjured, as well as to perform better.  The typical office worker spends between 6-8 hours a day at their desk or workplace, which can accumulate up to 2088 hours per year!  Due to the […]

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July 17, 2019
Benefits of Acupuncture for your Health

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating disease and/or relieving pain. It is done by gently inserting fine needles into specific points of the body. The basis for classical understanding of acupuncture’s effect is Taoism, an ancient philosophy which has as its first principle the concept of Yin and Yang. Taoists […]

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July 10, 2019
What is Ankle Sprain?

Ankle Sprain This information is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Before starting an exercise program, consult a physical therapist. All images authorized & copyright by Primal Picture Ltd. Initial care is the same as for all other acute injuries: RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Use ice for 20 to 30 minutes […]

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July 3, 2019
What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is pain or discomfort localized over the bony prominence on the lateral (outside) aspect of the elbow. This is called the lateral epicondyle. The specific medical diagnosis for tennis elbow is referred to as lateral epicondylitis. Symptoms can also be present on the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow however these are less […]

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June 26, 2019
MVA Motor Vehicle Accident Treatment Information

Section B Insurer – The insurance company that covers the vehicle you were either the driver of or a passenger in when the accident occurred. Notice of Claim & Proof of Loss Form – also known as “AB-1 Form” Primary Benefits – Any coverage for benefits that you and/or your spouse, or your parent may have through work, […]

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June 19, 2019
TMJ Temporo Mandibular Joint

Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ): The joints between your mandible and your skull, or your jaw joint. About 60% of the general population has symptoms of TMD at some time in their lives. TMD has numerous causes: Congenital bony malformations Dental and occlusion problems Direct trauma Neck injuries, such as whiplash Stress TMD may be the result […]

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June 12, 2019
Show Jumping Athletes and Back Pain

Put Your Back Into It! Athletes participating in Show Jumping report low back pain as a common injury that interferes with training and competition. Although there are many reasons for low back pain, in show jumpers it is due often to muscle imbalances and poor posture in the tack. Our spine has a natural curvature […]

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May 29, 2019
Our Back, Our Seat, Our Ride

Our backs are complex structures that, in the absence of injury or pain, allow for a wide variety of movements. It is the flexibility and movement in our back that permit us the ability to sit through transitions, sit each gait, or even jump a 5-foot oxer (well some of us) without inhibiting our horse’s […]

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March 7, 2019
I Have Frozen Shoulder, What Now?

Frozen shoulder is reported to affect anywhere from 2-5% of the population. Should you have diabetes or thyroid disease...

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March 7, 2019
Back Pain Management

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions we see across all clinics, with injuries ranging from acute to chronic...

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March 7, 2019
Pain, Posture and Productivity: How to improve your workday

Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide? Not only does this act to decrease your quality of life...

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March 6, 2019
How Panther Physiotherapy Can Help

Many people seek out medical help when they are in pain. But often times, the cause of their pain can vary...

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