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

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.

Shoulder Impingement, hip bursitis, knee osteoarthritis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow patients needed

Bonavista Physical Therapy in Calgary is hosting a continuing education course for physiotherapists on June 23rd and 24th 2012. This course is a McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) course for advanced practitioners of this method. An essential feature of this educational program is the demonstration of assessment and treatment principles on symptomatic patients. For this course, we are looking for patients with shoulder impingement, hip bursitis, osteoarthritis of the knee, golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow. Examination and treatment is conducted by the course instructor (Richard Rosedale – an expert from Ontario) who is certified by the McKenzie Institute International. An examination and one treatment, if appropriate is provided free of charge. MDT treatment emphasizes education and active patient involvement in the management of their treatment to decrease pain quickly, restore function and independence, minimizing the number of visits to the clinic. If you would be interested in participating, please contact the clinic where Kari Lambden, Gord Routledge or Audrey Long will conduct a phone interview/triage and then schedule you as a patient on the course. Please call us at (403) 278-0705.

Waiting for an MRI or to see a Specialist in Calgary, Alberta?

Just because you are waiting for tests does not mean you can’t be treated for your pain or lack of function. Physiotherapists are trained to make a FUNCTIONAL diagnosis, we don’t rely solely on these tests in order to treat our patients. For example, it has been well documented that patients with ADVANCED degeneration in their spine can (and often are) painfree and fully functional. Alternatively, an MRI or X-Ray can show very little and yet the patient is in severe pain. Remember that MRI, X-Ray and other tests are a static picture. The picture doesn’t always predict the function. MRI and X-Ray are usually done with the patient laying down – when their pain is not present!. A specialized physiotherapy assessment (MDTor McKenzie done here at Bonavista Physio in Calgary) has been shown in the research to reduce the need for MRI and surgery by 50%. The research was done on patients with full leg sciatica. For simple back or buttock pain, the results would be much higher. The great thing about MDT assessment and treatment is that we know within 3 Visits if it is going to work! While you are waiting for your MRI/specialist appointment, why don’t you try 3 visits with one of our McKenzie trained physiotherapists.

To book a Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy appointment in Calgary, please contact Bonavista Physical Therapy, appointments always available.

Free On line assessment for anyone experiencing back pain or sciatica

Are you suffering with acute or chronic back pain? Have you already tried everything? Maybe you’ve already tried medication, traditional physiotherapy, chiropactic, or massage……Are you looking for advice & guidance on what next steps you should take to address your back pain or sciatica?

Take this free on line assessment to see if MDT (Mechanincal Diagnosis and Therapy), or the McKenzie Method could work for you. See the link provided under McKenzie Method on our website or simply go to: http://www.mckenzieinstitutecanada.org/method-quiz.cfm.

If you are a candidate for MDT, you should notice definite improvement in your symptoms within the first 3 sessions.

Should I use heat or ice?

A question I am often asked is: “Do I use heat or ice after an injury?“. The answer is simple. During the first 24-48 hours following an acute injury, always remember this rule of thumb: “R.I.C.E” –Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. This rule goes for ALL injuries – even back or neck injuries respond well to ice in the initial stages of healing.

You may not be aware that all injuries heal in stages. These stages are:
1. Inflammatory Phase (0-5 days): characterized by pain, swelling and heat
-this phase may be prolonged if not managed appropriately!
-If the acute phase lasts longer than 5 days, consult your medical doctor or physiotherapist
2. Proliferation Phase:(about 5-15 days)
-Scar tissue starts to build and contract
-Light stretching and movement will benefit wound healing, physiotherapy should be initiated
3.Remodelling Phase:(15 days up to a year)
-Scar tissue becomes tighter and stronger for up to 2 months
-Scar tissue remodels according to the stresses placed upon it for up to a or longer
-More intense activity would be appropriate
No injury can be made to heal faster than normal/natural speed. While the injury is healing however, we must make sure not to delay healing through inappropriate management initially. So remember R.I.C.E for the first 24-48 hours. Once the inflammatory phase is over, you can use heat OR ice and gradually return to activity. **Ice linaments are not the same as an ice pack, and are not effective in controlling inflammation**

Thanks for treating my ankle sprain!

I used to be a good soccer player. Now as a “mature player”, I carry all of the damage, joint weakness and pains with me. After my latest rolled ankle I was fortunate enough to be seen by Kari at the Performance Physical Therapy clinic at NSD. After assessing my injury, Kari shared with me that my ankle no longer had the ligaments required to support it and explained why it looked different than other sprains and hurt in different places. The stretching she gave me to do both in clinic and on my own brought tears to my eyes – I thought she was just being mean… turns out she knew exactly what she was doing. After discussing taping and bracing options that I will need to continue on in my season, she taped my ankle sending me on my way. It’s 2 days later as I write this note, and I can’t believe the difference in my ankle. With a little luck I’ll be strapping on my new ankle brace and playing next week. I rolled this same ankle last summer and didn’t bother to get treatment – I missed about 6 weeks of games. Having the education, treatment, orthopedic support and home care makes injuries manageable and will get me back in the game sooner. Thanks to Kari for helping me understand that tape and braces aren’t an inconvenience – they are my new reality but a bigger thanks for making this easier and quicker than I thought possible
Thanks!!! Stacey T

We are hiring!!

Bonavista Physical Therapy is looking for a part time or full time physiotherapist. Interest in MDT (McKenzie Method) would be an asset. Become part of our dyamic team! New grads welcome to apply. Please email or fax us your resume attention to: Kari Lambden

testimonial/e-mail from happy client

Audrey: Have you been able to keep up with the house work for a few weeks now and still keep your pain under control?

Client reply: This is a coincidence because I just finished vacuuming the whole house today. I did my arching stretch during the process when I felt the pain, and again at the end, and I am essentially pain free now. It has been such a relief to find this simple exercise makes all of the difference. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your assistance. I can’t believe that something this simple and effective was not prescribed to me sooner by others.??

Thoracic or “upper back” pain responds quickly!

Oct 20/10
Since a bad fall down the stairs in college, this 36 year old has experienced recurrent episodes of severe “bra area” pain that radiates around the right side of her chest. It will “go out” with a bad cough and is aggravated by taking a deep breath. She had a reoccurrence 4 days ago. PT has worked for her in the past but today with the McKenzie Method she was amazed at the fast relief AND the fact this relief occurred without machines or even the therapist’s hands. We tried this hands off approach on the first day because someone with recurrent episodes is best served if they can learn to “put it back in” themselves. This type of problem typically resolves in 2 or 3 visits, only a few need some extra hands-on help. The goal is that she manage on her own in the future.

HUNDREDS OF SATISFIED PATIENTS

Jim Irani
I am rehabilitating a torn rotator cuff tendon under Merrylee's guidance. The diagnosis was a hard blow to take but she has designed an...
Marlene Whitley
Excellent. I have more mobility in my arthritic hip than I did before. I shall continue with the excursuses until I have surgery in ?...
John maguire
Thank you Gord. Listened to my problem and fixed my pain. What more can I say, but thank you again and again....

Track Your Recovery!

We have some of the fastest recovery times across North America:

Faster than:

96%
of clinics for
hip injuries

99%
of clinics for
knee injuries

97%
of clinics for
foot/ankle injuries

92%
of clinics for
back/lumbar injuries

Over the past 3 years, we’ve compared our stats to 16.9 million assessments and 19,600 clinicians in over 4,200 clinics. Find out more with Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO).

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