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

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.

Seven Steps to a Healthy Neck and Back

Oct 20/10
Today we saw a woman who has been troubled by right neck and shoulder blade area pain for about 25 years. This was further aggravated by a car accident in September 2010. She has seen two different chiropractors and was frustrated by the very temporary relief from these treatments (laser, manipulation, active release). Recently she picked up a book called “Seven steps to a healthy neck and back” co-authored by Robin McKenzie. She could not believe the improvement she has had with this book and the exercises outlined. This motivated her to look up a McKenzie clinic like ours to seek out further progression of this form of treatment. She was surprised to find that Bonavista Physical Therapy is the only Certified McKenzie Clinic in Alberta. Our goal is to teach her to self treat.

Arthritis!

Arthritis of the KNEE

We recently had a 68 yr old male patient who had been complaining of knee pain since a fall 6 months ago. He saw his family doctor who recommended X-Rays that showed he had some arthritis in his knee. Over the past 6 months he had tried two kinds of anti inflammatory medication and steroid injections to his knee with no improvement. The next step was going to be lubricant injections to his knee. The client decided to try physiotherapy on his own with the encouragement of his wife who had been treated successfully here for a previous knee injury. After a thorough assessment, the physiotherapist was able to prescribe a simple exercise for the client. He had to perform 10 repetitions every 2 hours for the next few days. By his second visit, his range of motion had returned to normal and he no longer had knee pain on the stairs or arising from sitting. The client was very happy with his rapid improvement but wished he had come in for treatment sooner!

Arthritis of the HIP

We recently saw a 58 yr old male patient who had been complaining of intermittent right hip and groin pain over the past 2 years. His x-rays showed some very early signs of arthritis. His symptoms were worsened with golfing successive days, walking up hill, and prolonged sitting. On examination, the physiotherapist found his hip to be extremely stiff. After performing 2 simple exercises repeatedly for a few days, his symptoms were significantly less and function was noticeably better. Again, the client wished he had come sooner and maybe he wouldn’t have missed so much golf!

Physiotherapists are uniquely qualified to educate and treat for disability and pain related to osteoarthritis. As well, if we can see clients early enough and treat them for the stiffness that is often present before bony changes start to occur, perhaps we can play a role in prolonging the “life” of the joint.

Physio for a Fractured Ankle

A patient arrived to physio for a fractured ankle after seeing his surgeon and having his cast removed.  Rehabilitating a post fracture typically requires a standard assessment and treatment. However, upon first observation of the unusual swelling in his calf, I probed further and discovered he had occasional discoloration, tenderness in the calf muscle and some other classic signs of a Deep Vein Thrombosis (or blood clot). After completing my basic examination, I explained the concerns I had to the patient and recommended that he immediately visit the urgent care for further investigation.  The next day I received a phone call from the patient thanking me, as they had discovered a massive blood clot in his leg that could have led to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. As a physical therapist we are trained not only rehabilitate the obvious injury or illness, but rather look at the patient in a holistic manner and take into consideration the patient’s well-being in it’s entirety.

McKenzie Method at Work :: Neck Pain Casestudy

I recently had a client (50 yrs old) who came to the clinic complaining of a stiff neck of over 6 months duration. She said the pain was not too bad and that it tended to come and go. She could not remember any particular incident where she injured it. She delayed coming in because the pain was tolerable and she thought it would just “go away on its own”.

When I began taking her history, it came out that she was also suffering from occasional dizziness and nausea. She was not sure if it was related to her stiff neck or not. When I looked at her posture I noticed a significant forward head position. As she tended to spend a lot of time sitting and in the car, I could imagine this was a posture she spent quite a bit of time in. Her range of motion was limited as well. I assessed her using the McKenzie Method and during the assessment, it became apparent that her nausea was indeed related to her neck as we were able to turn it on and off with movement. I was able to identify an exercise that worked for her (ie. Her movement was better after this exercise) and prescribed it for a home program. She was instructed in how to properly support herself in a chair to improve her posture as well.

After 3 days, I followed up with this client who reported that her nausea did not return and her neck was much better. I progressed her exercises and saw her once more for follow up. At her last appointment, she had full range of motion and no nausea. Both the client and I were happy with the results but she regretted not having come in sooner. She was impressed it only took 2 sessions to sort out and treat the problem effectively.

This is a great example of how well MDT can work! For very little time and money, we can show you what to do to fix and or manage your problem. Call for an appointment today! 403 278-0705.

Kari Lambden

Back Pain

Over 80% of adults suffer from back pain at some point in their lifetime. Audrey Long, a Calgary researcher is gaining international attention for her innovative study on a proven and effective way to treat back pain.

Answers for Back Pain Found in New Study

Calgary, AB – Eighty percent of adults will experience back pain in their lifetime. Calgary researcher and physical therapist, Audrey Long has received international attention by demonstrating that “one size does not fit all” when prescribing exercises for low back pain. Her study “Does it matter which exercise?” demonstrates that the wrong exercises can hinder recovery; while the right ones can enhance pain reduction and recovery of function.

Previous studies have stated that there has not been enough evidence favoring certain exercises over others therefore, international guidelines simply recommend advice to stay active. Although activity is typically painful, the new study shows that if certain movements can cause pain, other movements can also relieve pain. The fault in most prior studies was the assumption that most back pain is “non specific”. The trend was to prescribe the same exercises to all patients in the group studied.

The key feature of the new study is 30-45 minute individual assessments. “A skilled assessment makes all the difference,” says Long. Those likely to benefit start seeing results in the first session with highly significant pain reduction in back and leg pain within four visits. It does not take weeks of exercise to see the results in pain reduction and the techniques and exercises taught in the assessments are tools that patients take away with them and can treat their own pain. The ultimate goal is that the clients become independent and can both prevent and self treat recurrences. This will minimize the need to see the health care provider, which saves the patient time and money in the long run.

Part two of the study, released by Long in June 2005 at an international conference in Greece, shows that if patients were originally prescribed ineffective exercises, this assessment can lead to a change in the exercise prescription that can reverse the poor result and bring significant pain relief in an average of four visits. Co-author of the study, orthopedic surgeon Ron Donelson, says, “It is no longer appropriate to say that this exercise is good for a bad back, the key is to skillfully assign the right exercise to the right patient”. Many Alberta physical therapists are trained to conduct this form of assessment and more information can be found at www.McKenziemdt.org

Contact Information
Audrey Long
BScPT, Dip MDT
Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: (403) 278-0705
Email: bonavistaphysio@telus.net
Website: www.McKenziemdt.org

Headaches

Checklist – Could your headaches be coming from your neck?
  • Do you tend to have headaches that start from the base of your skull?
  • Do you spend more than four hours a day reading, computer, driving,
  • fine hand work?
  • Do you have stiffness/pain with shoulder checking?
  • Do you have bifocals/trifocals?
  • Are you prone to aching at the “bump” of the lower neck?
  • Are you prone to pain between the shoulder blades?
  • Is there often aching or sharp pain under one shoulder blade?
  • Are you prone to neck pain, aching, or simple stiffness?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should make an appointment to see a physiotherapist.

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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

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