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Learn about Exostosis

Repeated exposure to cold, whether that be wind and/or water may cause an abnormal growth of bone within the ear canal. This is called exostosis or bony exotosis. The medical term for this bone growth is Exostosis, but more commonly is referred to as ‘surfer's ear’. This name comes from the fact that the most [...]

Telehealth is a HIT!

Unlike the new movie about stars and wars, Telehealth is a huge success! Turns out all kinds of people love being able to see a doctor from home, work, or wherever they are. Better still, not have to go to the clinic. “Thank you so much to the lady who was on duty at telehealth [...]

How Physiotherapists can improve the lives of British Columbians every day

Physiotherapists help patients improve their joint health, and restore muscle strength and endurance. Physiotherapists work closely with patients to make sure they are getting the right care for their condition, injury or mobility issue, so that they can get back to enjoying life and the activities they love most. One in five British Columbians live [...]

Ototoxicity, from your medicine cabinet to the workplace

Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear (oto-), sometimes as a drug side-effect. The effects of ototoxicity, although possibly reversible and temporary, can be irreversible and permanent. Many ototoxic drugs are well known and used in clinical situations. These include those often prescribed for very serious health conditions, despite the risk of hearing disorders. Ototoxic drugs include antibiotics such [...]

Avoid the Clinics During Flu Season!

It's that time of year again - flu season. Why would you go into a clinic and risk catching something if you don't have to? Use our Viva Care Telehealth service! It’s free and easy to use! CLICK HERE Choose a date, and time, and receive an email link to our secure portal. Then when [...]

Got pain? No problem, Laser can help!

What's is Laser? Laser stands for (L)ight (A)mplification by (S)timulated (E)mission of (R)adiation. It is Drug-Free, Surgery-Free, Immediate and Effective Pain Relief How does laser work? Laser Therapy works by flooding the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your [...]

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Pair

There’s a wealth of research suggesting that sleep apnea and high blood pressure are a dangerous pair. Obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep, has been shown to increase risk for high blood pressure. Research also shows that high blood pressure, often referred to as the “silent killer,” [...]

Did you know that your choice of personal injury lawyer may affect your prospects for recovery?

One of the most common strategies that insurance companies use to force injured parties to settle before they are fully recovered is to prematurely cut off funding for rehabilitative treatments including physiotherapy, massage therapy, active rehabilitation or chiropractic care. The cost of these treatments can easily reach into the thousands of dollars if an injury [...]

Anxiety: Recognizing the Signs

Everyday, thousands of Canadians go to their hospital emergency department with symptoms including heart palpitations, chest pains, shortness of breath, and nausea. Only they are not experiencing a heart attack or stroke; they are in the midst of a terrifying panic attack. The underlying cause of these episodes is anxiety, but unfortunately many people are [...]

Allergy Season is in Full Swing

Viva Care Pharmacy can help!  The most common over-the-counter allergy medications are called antihistamines. They block a chemical called histamines, which is released by your body during an allergic reaction. By blocking histamines, these medications are able to reduce the symptoms associated with allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes. here are [...]