BONAVISTA PHYSICAL THERAPY  |  739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE, Calgary  |  Lower Level of Bonavista Medical Clinic

Elbow/Forearm Pain 60% better in 1 visit

Hi Kari,
I want you to put this on your website so that others can benefit the same way that I am. I’ve had pain in my left forearm for about 3 months. It started from carrying my work bag everyday. I filed a workers compensation claim and began physio at another clinic closer to home. For 4 weeks I went religiously with no progress. In fact, the pain spread across to my right arm and I was feeling like a hypochondriac. I got frustrated. I stopped going… the pain gradually became worse to the point that picking up a coffee mug or lifting a pot from the stove was excruciating. While you are far from my home, I knew you would give me an honest opinion and ideas for rehab. Yesterday you assessed it and explained that the pain was originating from a much different area than is was treated for. I have been doing what you showed me non stop since yesterday and today, 24 hours later, I can pick up a cup without flinching. I’d say the pain is 60% better. You have NO IDEA how grateful and relieved I am. Your insight to injuries is deep – you saw this where the other physio did not. You offered me a solution and made me an active participant in my recovery. Thank you for making me hopeful this can be resolved. There is no doubt that you are a great resource and trusted ally in my health.
You are awesome.
Stacey Tennant

Understanding Pain

We are big fans of this video and its explanation of pain, enjoy!

KINESIOTAPE, K-TAPE

Gord Routledge has just completed training in kinesiotaping. This multi colored “stretchy” tape is used to improve muscle function, improve circulation, reduce pain and support joint function. It is a wonderful adjuct to physiotherapy and can ease the transition of getting back in action, or allow you to continue with your activity while experiencing less pain. Kinesiotaping techniques can be used for all sorts of injuries including: neck pain and tension, headaches, back pain, patello femoral pain, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries and impingement, achilles tendonitis, If you are interested, give us a call at (403) 278-0705

NEW MASSAGE THERAPIST

We are so lucky to have such a great team of therapists and support staff here at Bonavista Physiotherapy. We would like to welcome new team member: Carly who is a registered massage therapist. Carly is an enthusiastic, kind and empathetic person who is skilled in neuromuscular techniques, deep tissue and Swedish massage. She is also trained in Reiki and is certified in Touch for Health which is applied kinesiology. We are excited and pleased that Carly is now part of our professional team eager to provide our clients with the best possible care.

It HURTS!!! Should I do it?

This is a question we hear every day in the clinic. It is human nature to avoid things that hurt but sometimes the avoidance of a movement or activity can exacerbate the problem. The rule of thumb we use is this: If it hurts when you do it but is NO WORSE after you are done, it is probably okay (even beneficial) to continue the activity. If the pain lasts (more than 30 min) and is WORSE post – activity such that you have difficulty sleeping or need medication, then it is not advisable to continue that activity or movement. Complete rest for soft tissue injuries is only recommended for a maximum of 48 hours post trauma and then gentle activity should be resumed. Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and improving movement and function while relieving pain and optimizing healing. We can get you back to your activity safely while avoiding re-injury. If you’re still not sure…..come in and get some advice from our “movement experts”!!

One Patient’s Experience at Bonavista Physiotherapy

I just went for my 12 week post knee replacement appointment at the Hip and Knee Clinic. They asked where I went for my physiotherapy. I told them I saw Merrylee at Bonavista Physical Therapy, and that I thought she did a great job. (They were very impressed with the change in my measurement of flexion (72 to 120) and extension (-25 to -6). I said she was very nice and really knew how to deal with my other limitations as well. I told them if they were asked for a referral to a physiotherapist or a clinic, I would highly recommend her. I am going to see her on a maintenance basis, but I will definetly be seeing Merrylee after my second knee replacement.
Debra Stenhouse
Calgary, Alberta

Motor Vehicle Accident?

Slippery roads this time of year unfortunately result in car accidents. Often times, people think they are not injured but within a few days start noticing some stiffness or pain in the neck or back. This is a minor form of whiplash and should be assessed and treated. The Alberta Government introduced the minor injury protocols for MVA’s (Motor Vehicle Accidents) in 2004. This legislation allows you to access a physiotherapist directly after an accident without a physician’s referral in order to get your injury claim started. If assessed by a primary health care practitioner (eg physiotherapist) within 10 days of your accident, we are able to direct bill your insurance for your treatments with no out of pocket expenses to you. Getting started early before your symptoms become chronic is the best way to make sure you completely recover from your injury. For more information, see the MVA section of our website.

Clinical Specialist

CONGRATULATIONS TO AUDREY LONG!
Audrey Long, physical therapist at Bonavista Physical Therapy has just been officially recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a Clinicial Specialist in MSK (Musculoskeletal). She is among the first group in Canada to receive this designation. Audrey is also qualified to order X-Ray, MRI and Ultrasound studies for her clients if indicated. Combined with her expertise as an instructor in the McKenzie Method (MDT), Audrey is an invaluable member of our team.

DIRECT BILLING FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY

Good news for Alberta Blue Cross policy holders! We are able to bill your insurance company directly for your physiotherapy treatments. Depending on your policy, this means minimal or no out of pocket expenses for you. If you have extended health benefits through Great West Life, Sun Life, or Green Shield we are able to electronically submit your physiotherapy claim for you. This includes City of Calgary employees with Green Shield benefits. Please have all your insurance information with you for your appointment.

Beware of Temporary Feel Goods!

Remember that we usually have pain because of an injury of some kind; i.e. tissue damage. In order for the injury to heal, our tissue needs to repair itself. We can influence the repair process in many ways such as: ice in the early stages (day 1-5 post injury) to reduce swelling, movement/stretching (to “organize the scar tissue”), avoidance of further strain, and finally strengthening to protect the area from future episodes. We could take pills and that would take the pain away but would that actually affect the tissue repair? No. How would taking a pill restore movement or strength? We can agree that pills alone would not be sufficient to actually rehabilitate an injury. Literature supports what we at Bonavista Physical Therapy already know: ACTIVE therapy is much more effective than PASSIVE therapy. Passive treatments (kind of like pills or band aids) are things that are done TO you with no effort on your part. Passive treatment may ease the pain temporarily, but this type of treatment does not FIX the problem nor prevent future episodes. The single most important thing affecting your healing is WHAT YOU DO, not what someone does TO YOU! It doesn’t matter if you’re suffering from headaches, sciatica, tennis elbow, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, a sprained ankle, rotator cuff tear, whiplash, or a ligament injury, you should be getting homework (ie exercises) from your therapist. Physical therapy should be physical! Therapeutic exercise should be the foundation of ANY rehabilitation program as it is the MOST EFFECTIVE way to influence tissue healing.

HUNDREDS OF SATISFIED PATIENTS

Kelly Debevc
Thank you so much Marissa!! :)...
Joan karlowsky
After knee replacement surgery I was discouraged until I made my first appointment with Rachelle. Her skill set and lovely encouraging...
Jean Sheppard
Audrey is the best!! She helped me gain a quick recovery and will, hopefully, receive her help when I get my left knee replacement in J...