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Sports Medicine

National Spine Care | Downtown Calgary Sports Medicine

Whether you are a highly trained professional athlete or simply a weekend warrior, National Spine Care offers advanced sports medicine services, designed to get you out of pain and back on track as quickly as possible. Our highly specialized and experienced team is fully committed to helping athletes of all ages maintain physical health and improve overall performance. No matter your chosen sport or physical activity, our experienced sports medicine specialists provide individualized health care to meet your specific needs. Our sports medicine physicians diagnose and treat a wide range of athletic injuries.

Some Sports Medicine Injuries and Conditions treated are:

  • Shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis, shoulder dislocations, AC sprains
  • Biceps tendonitis/tears
  • Muscle strains, sprains, and cramps
  • Elbow pain and tendonitis (i.e., tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Hip flexor tendinitis, abductor tendinitis, bursitis, snapping hip syndrome, labral tears, impingement
  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain), IT band syndrome, meniscal tears, cartilage injuries, ligament injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Sprained or twisted ankles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Stress fractures

Orthopedic Surgery Triaging

Find out if your sports injury may require surgery. Our sports medicine physician is available for rapid consultation to help diagnose and determine if your problem needs surgery.

Pain Management

For decades, injections of cortisone were used by medical doctors to help reduce pain.  But what if the pain returns?  How often can a person be injected with a steroid to reduce pain?  These days, a doctor will usually suggest no more than 3 injections of cortisone in a year into the spine.  In knees, shoulders or elbows, the advice is usually no more than 3 in a lifetime.  Research studies are continuing to identify the flaw in conventional wisdom regarding cortisone injections.

So what then?  A surgeon is frequently asked to cut open the body part and cut away damaged tissue, or insert a screw or plate to limit the movement of the painful joint.  But, as with many other treatments, there are no guarantees that surgery will eliminate your pain, and there is always a chance the surgery will make things worse.  Is there a chance the surgery will be done and in retrospect, was actually done on a body part that was only partially responsible for the pain?  These questions can only be answered on a case-by-case basis by a qualified and experienced surgeon.  What if the surgeon states that there is no surgical treatment for the problem you have?  Physicians will be happy to prescribe painkillers but not too strong and not too many!

At National Spine Care, patients are asking us about non-surgical and non-pharmacological alternatives to help reduce their pain. In response, we are pleased our clinical staff includes a Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician to consult on all available non-surgical treatment options.

A growing number of clinics in Calgary are eager to offer these treatments. We are very excited to be ahead of the curve in offering this safe and effective, physician-delivered treatment right here in our office.  Working in close communication with your practitioner at NSC, Dr. Frank Johnson will offer you advise about which non-surgical treatment options are safe and likely to be effective.

All medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services that may be provided by
Dr. Johnson are paid for by the government under your provincial health insurance plan.


Call us at (403) 270-7252 to
book your Calgary Sports Medicine consultation appointment today!

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