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Welcome Lauren McGuire

As we continue to grow with the success of West 4th Physiotherapy we would like to announce our newest physiotherapist, Lauren McGuire to the team. She has over five years of orthopedic private practice experience in Ireland, Vancouver Island, and Nova Scotia. Lauren aspires to educate every patient about their injury and then use a hands-on manual therapy approach to their treatment. Her special interests are in gait analysis for runners, plantar fascia and metatarsal pain, cervicogenic headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and treating all forms of sprains/strains of the body. She … Read the rest of this post »

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Cycling knee injuries

Pop quiz. Which two areas of the body will a cyclist most frequently injure? If you went straight to low back and knees then full marks. Low back pain is more frequent but tends to recover more quickly. Knee pain last longer so if it was a competition I suppose knees take it. The majority of cyclists with knee pain will have a version of patellofemoral pain. The leading causes for irritating this incredibly efficient joint are • Improper bikefit • Early season overuse • Hip/pelvis muscle imbalance Any combination … Read the rest of this post »

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Thank you Vancouver!

Many thanks to all those who placed West 4th Physio into the Stars of Vancouver as recently hosted by the Vancouver Courier, February 2014. It is not our goal to to receive awards but it is pleasing to be given recognition for the hard work and extra effort constantly given by the West 4th team, from the administrative staff at the front end and to the therapy staff as a whole. We are always striving for improvement and to make sure our clients receive the best in physiotherapy care. This … Read the rest of this post »

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Achilles Tendon Tear and No Surgery?

From West 4th Physio associate Marj Belot… This year, I attended the Canadian Physiotherapy association Orthopaedic Division Symposium in Montreal.  Sarah Kerslake, physiotherapist at Banff Sports Medicine Centre gave an excellent presentation regarding trends in management of partial Achilles tears as well as complete Achilles tendon ruptures. Their group was involved with a multisite study that found that people do just as well or better WITHOUT SURGERY! She also reviewed multiple other studies that reached the same conclusion.  Apparently the tendon ends do not tend to retract so, with a … Read the rest of this post »

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Wellness Alert: Solutions for Sedentary Lifestyles

From Homes & Living Magazine, Feb/Mar 2013 By Catherine Roscoe Barr Prolonged sitting – specifically at computers, which many people do for work – can cause muscle imbalances, primarily tightness in the front of the body: shoulders, chest, abdominals and hips. Vancouver physiotherapist Dee Malinsky, at West Fourth Physiotherapy Clinic, suggests taking mini breaks during the day to stretch the muscles of the anterior chain to reduce tension and improve posture. Read the full story on the Homes and Living website ( to see three stretches for the anterior chain … Read the rest of this post »

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Osteoarthritis of the knee and physiotherapy – Part 1

Osteoarthritis of the knee What does recent physiotherapy research tell us? I just returned from Amsterdam where I attended the World Physiotherapy Congress. I was fortunate to be able to present a poster of my Master’s research to a large international audience.  I previously summarized and posted my whiplash related master’s research on the West 4th Physiotherapy blog, so in this post I decided to focus on summarizing some of the most interesting research presentations I attended which focused on osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Can osteoarthritis be prevented … Read the rest of this post »

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Foot and Ankle update

Last night I was able to attend an excellent evening with both physiotherapy and surgical colleagues and thanks to both Dale Harris of Sportsmed and the Paris group for hosting. St Paul’s hospital has a rapid access specialty foot and ankle clinic and this was an opportunity to hear, observe and ask questions first hand from the surgeons and staff involved. Straight after surgery, patients will have their care within the hospital but around the 2 week mark most patients end up at clinics like West 4th for ongoing management. … Read the rest of this post »

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Hello world!

Hi to all and welcome to our new website and our new look. I’ll use these pages to keep our clients and visitors posted on what is new in the world of physio and specifically at West 4th. From staff updates and continuing education, to interesting progress in physiotherapy, injury management and exercise. I will steadily add a library of patient resources and I hope that you will return often and will use them to your benefit. Questions and comments are welcome and you can contact any of the physios through the information … Read the rest of this post »

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