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INSIDE: Take Strides Toward Pain-Free Knees & Hips • Recovery is Yours • Specialist Spotlight • Featured Service: Dry Needling


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Your hips, knees, and lower legs are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuries and age, pain can flare up. If you’re experiencing hip, knee or leg pain, call us to schedule a closer look. Before you do,

Hip and knee pain does not have to arise from sports injuries. People can suffer from hip and knee pain due to normal wear and tear as well as arthritis. A physiotherapist can help you determine where the pain is coming from, and you can do so without needing to see a doctor first. What If There Are More Symptoms? In addition to relieving the initial pain, discovering the cause is the main priority of recovery. If you have other symptoms in addition to your leg pain, tell your physiotherapist. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh and a decrease in range of motion can be a sign of other problems resulting in your hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later pain. If you’re limping, lurching or experiencing bad balance, contact a physician. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue. Contact Nova Physiotherapy today (Bedford: 902-405-3535, Timberlea: 902-444-3535, Dartmouth: 902-405-4545) or visit our website at to find out the cause of your pain and how physiotherapy can help you find relief.

however, let’s examine the pain itself. What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain?

Hip, knee and leg pain are surprisingly common. Thus, their source can come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, finding the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are:

• Arthritis • Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains • Tendonitis

• Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

G E T B A C K T O A C T I V E : C A L L T O S C H E D U L E Y O U R A P P O I N T M E N T T O D AY !

AT NOVA PHYSIOTHERAPY, RECOVERY IS YOURS In many cases, therapy can help patients quickly recover from an injury and get back to what they love to do. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician immediately. A typical therapy session will start with a comprehensive evaluation of your entire lower body, looking for the exact source of your problem. Your therapist will customize a treatment plan to address areas of stiffness, weakness, tightness, and pain. On every level, therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapy option.

Contact any of our locations today or visit our website at to learn more about how our services can bring relief to your knee and hip pain.

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S U C C E S S S T O RY My knees were shot from work, sports, and life. My physiotherapist has worked wonders in restoring my mobility, flexibility, and easing the pain in my knees. My RMT is a magician. You will feel good right after and for a few weeks following treatment. Definitely a stellar group they have in there.” – K. D. 5-Star Google Review

� Moving without pain � Bending &moving freely � Balancing confidently & securely

� Sitting for long periods � Walking for long distances � Living active & healthy

Tell Your Friends About NOVA Physiotherapy! We appreciate your confidence and will do our best to help those you refer meet their health and rehabilitation goals. Thank you to all of our friends who refer others to us!

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HOW CAN IT HELP YOU? Whenpairedwithour traditional exercise-based physiotherapy treatmentsandadvancedmanual therapy techniques, we have foundthatthevastmajorityofour patients achieved the pain-free goals theywereaiming towards. WILL IT HURT? Mostofourpatientsreportfeeling little to no discomfort when undergoing treatments. Some patientsmay experiencea“twitch response” with the insertion of theneedle,comparabletoaquick musclecramporache.The24-48 hours following treatment may result inmusclesoreness,which should go away on its own. Sore muscles can be treated at home byapplying iceand/orheatpacks and drinking plenty of fluids. Wanttospeeduprecoverytime and return to your daily life as quickly as possible? Request your appointment today!


GARLIC BUTTER MEATBALLS WITH ZUCCHINI PASTA • 1/2 lbground turkey • 1/2 lbgroundpork

• 1 tsp Italianseasoning • 1/2 tspcrushedredchilipepper flakes • 3 tbspbutter • 4mediumzucchini,spiralized

Dry Needling is a safe and effective method of treatment to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility. It has been proven to treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, including acute and chronic injuries,overuse injuries, neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, muscle strains, tendinitis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and more. When performing dry needling, our physiotherapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility.

• 1/2cupshreddedcheese • 1crumbledbouilloncube • 1 tbsphotsauce • 1cup freshchoppedcilantro • 4clovesgarlic,grated+2cloves garlic,minced

• lemon juice • salt (to taste) • blackpepper (to taste)

TURKEY MEATBALLS: Combine ground turkey and pork, cheese, grated garlic, Italianseasoning,bouilloncube,redchilipepperflakes,choppedcilantroandblack pepper.Mixwell toformmediumballs.Arrangemeatballsonaplateandsetaside. Melt2tbspbutter inalargeskilletovermedium-lowheat.Cookmeatballsfor8-10 minonallsidesuntilcookedthrough.Whilecooking,bastemeatballs inbutterand juices.Removeandsetaside. ZUCCHININOODLES: Meltremainingbutterandaddlemonjuice,hotsauce,minced garlic,andredpepperflakes.Addzucchininoodlesandcook for3-4min,stirring regularly, until done yet still crisp. Season with salt/pepper and garnish with cilantro.Add themeatballsback to thepanandreheat foraboutaminute.Serve themeatballsandzucchininoodles immediatelywitha lemonsliceon theside.

Walking Lunge Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder width apart. Take a large step forward with one leg, keeping your back foot in starting position while rolling onto your toes. Keep your spine straight and your forward and back knees bent, so that you make right angles with your hip, knee, and ankle. As you lunge, you should feel a stretch across the front of the hip and thigh. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 2-5 times. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO KEEP YOU MOVING


Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, RobbieobtainedhisBachelorofSciencedegree intheFacultyofPureandAppliedSciencefrom Acadia University. He then pursued his goal to become a physiotherapist and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy degree fromDalhousieUniversity in2001. Robworked inprivatepractice for3yearsbeforeopening NovaPhysiotherapywithphysiotherapistJeff Walsh in 2004.

Sinceenteringpractice in2001,Robhastakena long listofpostgraduation education inhiseffortstoprovideconsistenthighqualitycarewhilefocusing onmanysportsrelated injuriessustained insuchsportsas,butnot limited to:running,golf,contactsports includingmartialartsand injuriessustained from the strength and conditioning aspect of sports in general. Over thepast5years,Robhas takenaspecial interest in themany injuries sustained from the sport of running. He currently runs the only 3D Gait MotionCapture lab that is found inaclinicalsettingeastofOntario. Itwas his clinical experience working with this system that he co-founded Run- Well, a program specifically designed for the runner. With the detailed biomechanical assessment obtained from the 3D Gait Analysis and the collaborative efforts of the rest of the team, Run-Well is able to assess and treat the root cause of the injury, as well as, identify and treat injuries before they even arise. Rob offers a comprehensive range of treatment techniques along with modalities with an evidence based focus in his pursuit to provide quality care in a professional, enthusiastic, and engaging manor. He also has experienceasatrainerworkingforlocalathletesandsportsteams including professionalMMAathletes,provincialrugbyteamsandhighschoolfootball.


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