Clarke Law

In demonstrating their commitment to improving life for people and their loved ones who are affected by serious injury, Clarke Law has made a generous investment in rehabilitation research and care.

Ranked the top rehabilitation research institute in the world, Toronto Rehab also leads the way in a number of specialty areas including Chronic Pain Management. Clarke Law’s donation is working to advance research and treatment for chronic pain while helping ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients now and in the future.

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is one of the most common disorders that affect the estimated 2.7 million Canadians living with chronic pain. In MPS, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points or muscle “knots”) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body that persists or worsens if left untreated. It can lead to tension headaches, nerve pain, depression, sleep problems and fatigue.

Clinical detection of this trigger point by palpation is very poor, resulting in misdiagnoses by physicians and specialists who often confuse it with other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. A research team from Toronto Rehab, led by Affiliate Scientist Dr. Dinesh Kumbhare, is working to improve this by developing innovative diagnostic techniques to map MPS using imaging technology. This new intervention will significantly advance early detection and treatment, improving the quality of life for people world-wide who are affected by this condition.

We thank Natalie Shykula-Clarke and Clarke Law for their $100,000 investment that supports both this transformative area of research and the priorities our $100-million Where Incredible Happens Campaign.

On December 8, 2016, we celebrated the naming of the Natalie Shykula-Clarke & Clarke Law Patient Therapy Lounge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony (in photo). The Lounge is located within the Brain Rehab Program on the 11th Floor of Toronto Rehab’s University Centre.
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