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Occupational therapy is a dynamic healthcare profession focused on helping individuals of all ages overcome physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges that hinder their ability to engage in daily activities. Occupational therapists work closely with clients to assess their unique needs and develop personalized treatment plans. These plans often involve activities and exercises that aim to improve fine and gross motor skills, enhance cognitive functions, and address psychological well-being. The ultimate goal is to empower individuals to regain independence and participate fully in their chosen occupations, whether it’s self-care, work, leisure, or community engagement.

At F.R.O.M.Toronto Pain Relief Clinic our therapists specialize in:

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It is our personal goal at F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic to help each patient achieve their optimum best and wellbeing.

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Welcome to Toronto Pain Relief Clinic, where we begin our journey towards your wellness. We specialize in offering comprehensive pain management and rehabilitation services that are tailored to meet your unique needs. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you overcome pain and regain the quality of life that you deserve. We offer holistic approaches to pain relief and rehabilitation in the heart of Toronto. Our personalized care not only addresses your symptoms but also nurtures your overall well-being.

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Knee Pain

Knee pain is caused by damage or issues to tissues both inside the knee and outside the knee joint. Inside the knee joint, stability is determined by the shape and health of your cartilage, also known as your meniscus, in addition to the ligaments supporting the knee – the ACL, PCL and LCL. Outside the knee joint, stability is provided by the muscles surrounding the knee and the MCL. The kneecap is a largely complicating factor, often out of position and causing pain and irritation to the surrounding tissues. Common signs of knee pain or injury include knee swelling, weakness or giving way, clicking or locking.

Common causes of knee pain are

  • Kneecap (patella) issues
  • Muscle weakness, strains, or injuries
  • Meniscus strains, tears, injuries
  • Knee osteoarthritis

Hip Pain

Common hip conditions and injuries include osteoarthritis, which results from cartilage deterioration, hip fractures often caused by falls, and labral tears that lead to pain and reduced stability, especially in athletes. Additionally, bursitis, strains, and sprains can occur due to overuse or injury, while hip impingement can cause pain and restricted mobility. At F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic, our physiotherapists play a crucial role in alleviating hip pain through a multifaceted diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation approach.

Common causes of Hip pain are

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Fractures
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Bursitis
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hamstring Tendinopathy
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Dislocation

Neck Pain

Neck pain, sometimes called cervicalgia, is a pain in or around your spine beneath your head. It may radiate to the shoulders, head, or even hands, limiting movement. You might have axial neck pain (felt primarily in your neck) or radicular neck pain (pain that shoots into other areas, such as your armpit, shoulders, arms, or hands). Treatment involves laser therapy to address inflammation and pain, cervical traction to decompress your spine, gentle stretching, cupping and dry needling to resolve cervical trigger points or ‘knots,’ tru-sculpt muscle stim to improve your neck strength, postural endurance and access to our Stretch Lab to maximize your Functional Range of Motion.

Causes for neck pain include:

  • Cervical Degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical Herniated, bulging disk
  • Cervical Whiplash/Neck Sprain or Strain from motor vehicle accidents falls, sustained sitting or lifting
  • Cervical Osteoarthritis/Spondylosis

Head Pain/Headaches

Headaches can be due to concussions or migraines. Still, they can also occur when pain is referred from your neck or shoulders following damage from prolonged use, incorrect posture, or traumatic injury. The force placed on your neck’s nerves, ligaments, joints, discs and muscles causes stress and dysfunction. Pain can build up suddenly or gradually over time, leading to a headache. Common signs of headache include difficulty focusing the eyes or loss of concentration, achy temples, and a top and base of the skull. Laser therapy, shockwave therapy, strengthening postural muscles, rest, stress, and pain management all lead to a rapid return to activity and recovery.

Causes for Headaches Include:

  • Cluster Headache
  • Post-traumatic Headache
  • Tension Headache
  • Jaw, Neck or Shoulder Problems
  • Whiplash-Related Headaches

Shoulder Displacement/Injury

Shoulder instabilities, dislocation, injuries or overuse affect mobility and cause pain. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint; it’s formed where the ball at the end of the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the scapula (shoulder blade). Common signs of shoulder injury include pain, weakness, decreased range of motion, clicking or instability. Treatment includes relocation, rest, shockwave therapy to flatten any calcium deposits on your tendons, laser therapies to reduce inflammation, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery to repair ligaments or tendons.

Some common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Rotator Cuff Injury/Sprains/Strains
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis
  • Labral tears/SLAP Lesions
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • A/C Joint Fractures or Separations, Collarbone Fractures

Hand/Wrist Pain

Your wrist joint contains 14 small bones that help you bend, straighten and rotate your hand and wrist. Conditions that cause pain, numbness or tingling in the wrists and hands are related to the bones, muscles, nerves and circulation in the hand. Laser therapies, shockwave therapies, rest, ergonomic changes, splints, and therapeutic exercise help alleviate discomfort and prevent further damage.

Causes for Hand/Wrist Pain include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Wrist sprain
  • Falls
  • Repetitive injuries through work (typing, gripping, lifting) or sports

Elbow Pain/Injury

Elbow pain is a common injury, and it can involve any component of the joint, including tendons, bursae, bones, or nerves. Common signs include elbow swelling or difficulty gripping or rotating your forearm, difficulty resting on your elbow, and pain while sleeping or lifting. Laser therapies, shockwave therapies, Tru-Sculpt muscle stim, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), bracing, and physical therapy aid recovery.

The most common causes of elbow injuries are:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis ex. Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Overuse of the joint: leaning on elbows over-gripping, repetitive lifting or straining, falls, sleeping with forearms in rotation or awkward position
  • Elbow Fracture

Back Pain

Back pain can result from muscle strain, herniated discs, or spinal issues. The most common cause of back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament after a fall, car accident (MVA), lifting or even sustained sitting. You might feel back pain, a heaviness in your back, difficulty bending, sitting, lifting or twisting, or even numbness and/or weakness in your legs. Treatment at F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic includes shockwave therapies to flatten scar tissue and muscle spasms, laser therapies to improve blood flow, and resolve nerve pinching by pushing disc material forwards into the spinal column, allowing for disc healing. We use lumbar traction to decompress your spine, therapeutic exercise and tru-sculpt muscle stim to strengthen muscles around the spine and provide you access to our Stretch Lab to return you to your Functional Range of Motion.

Causes for back pain include:

  • Lumbar herniated or bulging disc
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar Osteoarthritis or Spondylosis
  • Curvature of the spine aka Scoliosis
  • Whiplash from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sustained sitting, lifting

Ankle/Foot Pain

Ankle/foot pain, often due to sprains, fractures, or conditions like plantar fasciitis, hampers mobility. The ankle is a hinge joint that allows the foot to move in multiple directions: away from the body, as in pointing your foot (plantar flexion) and toward the body (dorsiflexion). Similar to the hand, the ankle comprises several bones arranged in layers to provide stability close to your leg and mobility in your toes and forefoot. You may have difficulty walking or bending/flexing your ankle, swollen ankles, weak ankles or loss of range of motion. Laser therapies, shockwave therapies, Tru-Sculpt muscle stim, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), bracing, and physical therapy aid recovery.

Common causes of ankle and foot pain are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Foot and toe fractures
  • Toe Bunions

Jaw/facial pain

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues cause pain and tenderness in your jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments. Your mandible, or jaw bone, connects to your skull in a combination of 2 joints. Because of its location, TMJ pain can cause ear pain, headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty eating, nausea and dizziness. Common signs of TMJ-related pain include jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, difficulty chewing and or clicking or feelings of instability or tightness in your jaw. TMJ treatment varies from person to person and may include manual therapy to reset disc issues, shockwave to flatten scar tissue and muscle spasms, manual therapy to address headaches, physical therapy, custom mouth guards and jaw surgery.

Causes include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Everyday wear and tear
  • Jaw Shape asymmetries or Jaw Misalignments

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Frequently Asked Questions


Occupational therapists can address a variety of issues, including but not limited to:

    • Rehabilitation after surgery or injury
    • Hand Therapy
    • Hand Splint Fabrication
    • Stroke recovery
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Sensory processing difficulties
    • Chronic pain management
    • Mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression)
    • Aging-related challenges (e.g., dementia, arthritis)

Occupational therapy and physical therapy are related fields but have distinct focuses. Physical therapy primarily focuses on improving physical mobility, strength, and function, while occupational therapy concentrates on enhancing a person’s ability to perform daily activities and engage in meaningful tasks. OT often addresses cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors that impact daily functioning.

Occupational therapy sessions typically begin with an evaluation to assess your specific needs and goals. The therapist will create a customized treatment plan, which may include exercises, adaptive techniques, assistive devices, and environmental modifications. OT sessions may take place in a clinic, school, home, or workplace, depending on the client’s needs. The frequency and duration of therapy sessions will vary based on individual requirements and progress.

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