While everyone seems to be watching the Olympic athletes compete, some of us may think just how far from being an athlete we are. This could not be further from the truth. Although the Olympics and professional sports competitions get a lot of publicity the underlying notion in sports medicine is that an athlete is someone to tries their best. If you take money out of the picture, that is what is left and what constitutes the root of the athlete. Winning is only part of it. To many athletes, winning is performing at their personal best. We are not all created equal from the physical standpoint and therefore competition is already skewed. Competing against yourself to push your personal best to the next level is the ultimate competition and the source of the ultimate reward.
At the Toronto Centre for Sports Medicine we applaud all of our past current and future patients for their efforts in maintaining a healthy lifestyle by including physical activity in their lives.
At the Toronto Centre for Sports Medicine, all of our patients are athletes.
Discovering the connection between a computer monitor and painful running occurred recently when a 33 year old accountant came in with a few month history of pain in the chest within running a few minutes. Despite taking a few weeks off to rest, the symptoms did not improve. Investigations carried out before being assessed at our centre included chest x-ray spinal x-ray and a cardiac stress test. All of the investigations were negative. With a proper sports medicine assessment it was evident that this accountant, like many others, uses two monitors and is constantly rotated to one side through the thoracic spine when working. After a few years of this type of positioning, the spine fixes itself in the same rotated pattern. With running there is a symmetrical rotation required through the spine. With the spine pre-rotated in one direction, the normal rotation during running is inhibited. This in turn causes a strain in the spine and its connection to the corresponding rib. This strain produces pain along the course of the affected rib causing chest pain with running. The treatment: appropriate physiotherapy including a review of office ergonomics, suggestions for improvement and reduction of the spinal rotation with exercises to maintain proper posture and spinal alignment.