Momentum Health is hosting Part A of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) course this weekend (Sept. 24 and 25) and we are in need of two patients for participants to practice assessment. We are looking mainly for patients who have low back pain that is not chronic in nature, pain/discomfort in the SI joints, piriformis, or sciatica that are not already familiar with the McKenzie method of treatment. Participation essentially includes a free assessment and a follow up with a faculty member of the McKenzie institute who is additionally a physiotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience. You will only be needed for an hour or so each day. If this is something you are interested in message us for more details or send us an email or phone call at the clinic! admin@momentumkelowna.com 778-484-6070 ...

Hip abductor strengthening in patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis – a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Hip abductor strength and activation are essential for maintaining postural balance during transfers and are related to joint loading a progression during weight-bearing activities. It is thought that strength deficits in hip abductors might cause a reduction in lower extremity force generation causing stress on the medial tibiofemoral joint (inside of the knee)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative, localized joint disease that affects approximately 1/3 of all individuals – prevalence of the disease increases with age. The knee is the most commonly impacted weight-bearing joint with osteoarthritis.

It is known that the strength of the hip musculature directly affects knee joint loading, leading to the progression of the disease. Subjects with OA present with weak hip abductors which shows a subsequent decrease in their strength and explosive force. Hip abductor weakness is associated with functional decline.

RESULTS:
Hip adductor strengthening effectively relieved knee discomfort by lowering pain scores, improving self-reported functional outcomes, physical performance and providing an overall sense of well-being.
Hip abductors are important for supporting and stabilizing the trunk and assisting in limb placement control during functional tasks. Weakness of hip abductor muscles are known to compromise stability at the pelvis, leading to abnormal gait mechanics.

Targeted exercise regimen of the hip abductors might reduce loading on the knee joint’s medial compartment which could significantly improve knee symptoms. Exercise programs designed for a duration of 3 to 5 times per week with a length of 6 to 9 weeks known to result favourable outcomes. Other exercise plan parameters include: Intensity 50-80% of 1RM or 10RM; 3 to 5 times per week; 8-10 repetitions for 2-3 sets.


Reference: Thomas, D., et al. Hip abductor strengthening in patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis - a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 62(2022), 23
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Momentum Health is proud to be hosting Part A of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) course this September! There are still a few spaces left for registration. The McKenzie Method is globally recognized as a leading treatment for disorders of the back, neck, and extremities and focuses on helping patients take control of their pain and get back to the life they love. This is a perfect time to come and visit Kelowna, with September having the best weather to offer while being able to level up your patient diagnostic skills!

Click this link to register now and secure your spot: https://www.mckenzieinstitutecanada.org/canada-course-information.cfm?section=canada&COURSE_ID=CA22A009&ck=EBFFE16C0FF3CF549F78A043BA486656
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