Action Sports Clinic – Your Sports Medicine Center For Excellence
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639 – 5th Ave SW – Suite 130
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9
Mon – Fri — 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday — Closed
Sunday — Closed
Sports medicine, also known as sport and exercise medicine (SEM), is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise.
As such, sports medicine is an area of medical practice concerned with the treatment of injuries resulting from athletic activities. A physician practicing sports medicine focuses on sports-related medical services.
At Action Sports Clinic, our sports medicine physician is integrated into our team, providing a variety of roles, including general sports medical treatment and direct consultation with patients and other members of the clinical team. As an expert in providing care for orthopaedic and sports injuries, often we utilize these specialized services to provide advanced levels of triage and care as deemed necessary.
Under the umbrella of sports medicine practice at ASC, we can provide advanced injection therapeutics such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolotherapy, general pain management, and referral service to other health care practitioners in our region.
Our sports medicine doctor has trained in the most up-to-date treatments of sports injuries and arthritis.
By using the most up-to-date treatment methods, and an industry leading-ultrasound machine to specifically target your injured tissues and joints, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level of care.
Treatment options that Action Sports Clinic might recommend for you are listed below.
Feel free to give us a call to ask about any of these specialty services offered by out sports medicine specialist at Action Sports Clinic.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment for the pain of injured tendons, ligaments and joints. In a single visit to the office, we take your blood, spin it down in a centrifuge, and re-inject the plasma part back into a painful or injured body part. This plasma is now super-concentrated with loads of growth factors that stimulate the healing process, and a natural blend of anti-inflammatory cells. This treatment is generally required only 1-2 times for tendons and ligaments, and usually 1-2 times per year for more seriously injured or arthritic joints. Payment is not provided by Alberta Health Care, and is rarely covered under private insurance plans. Please Call or Schedule your appointment for more information.
*An extended treatment session can be used to treat different body parts, and can be quite cost effective.
Prolotherapy is a treatment for weak, torn or painful ligaments and tendons. It involves injecting anesthetic and glucose into those ligaments or tendons. It immediately stimulates healing of weak ligaments or tendons, and this healing occurs over the coming months. These injections are repeated for several visits about 1 month apart, each visit building on the last, anywhere from 2 – 6 times. Payment is not provided by Alberta Health Care, and is rarely covered under private insurance plans.
Perineural injections and Fascial hydrodissection treatments are somewhat similar to nerve blocks and work by 5% dextrose, an anesthetic, and sometimes a micro dose of an anti-inflammatory steroid to calm the nerve’s pain receptors. Once this happens, irritated and swollen nerves can start to return to normal size, function and pain level, and often don’t get squeezed as they wind through narrow openings in the body’s fascia and other connective tissues. These injections are repeated for several visits about 1-2 weeks apart, usually 5-10 times, each visit building on the last. Payment is not provided by Alberta Health Care, but might be covered under your private insurance plan.
Joint Lubricant injections are treatments for painful, inured or arthritic joints. These lubricants have been engineered by the pharmaceutical industry to meet the needs of patents who are trying to avoid joint or cartilage surgery, waiting for surgery, or in pain after surgery. They are generally required only 1-2 times for minor injuries or mild arthritis, and usually 2-3 times per year for more seriously injured or arthritic joints. Payment is provided by Alberta Health Care for the injection but not for the joint lubricant medication itself, which is often covered under private pharmaceutical insurance plans.
Cortisone injections are injections into painful joints or near painful tendons to help reduce inflammation and pain. Used for nearly 80 years, these are very effective short-term treatments and should only be used when they are a small part of a structured recovery program. When used, they are best delivered with X-ray or Ultrasound guidance to ensure they are delivered to their intended target. They are generally regarded as safe, however most experts agree that they should only be done no more than 3 times for an injured joint or tendon, and no more than every 3 months for an arthritic joint. Payment is provided by Alberta Health Care for the injection but not for the cortisone medication itself which is $20 or less.
Nerve blocks are injections using local anaesthetic and a low dose anti-inflammatory steroid to switch off the painful nerve and break the pain cycle. In a few cases, this is all it takes to significantly reduce pain. When used, they are best delivered with X-ray or Ultrasound guidance to ensure they are delivered to their intended target. They are generally regarded as safe, however most experts agree that they should only be done no more than 3 times for the pain coming from an irritated nerve, and no more than every 3 months for the pain coming from an arthritic joint. Payment for a very brief appointment only for a nerve block is provided by Alberta Health Care but not for the anesthetic and cortisone medication itself which is $20 or less.
Trigger points injections are targeted at tight or painful spots in muscles. We release the tightness in the muscles with an injection of an anesthetic. In a few cases, this is all it takes to significantly reduce pain in muscles. These injections are repeated for several visits about 1-2 weeks apart, each visit building on the last. Payment for a very brief appointment only for a trigger point injection is provided by Alberta Health Care, but not for the anesthetic medication itself which is $20 or less.
Action Sports Clinic has a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy professionals serving the active community of downtown Calgary. As a team, we strive for excellence in evidence-based and personalized care for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Combining the unique strengths of each professional discipline, this integral approach to care enables each patient to draw from the expertise of team members. This eliminates the traditional barriers of communication between busy practitioners, thereby ensuring collaboration and effectiveness of treatment programs.
We are athletes ourselves…and we understand the needs of sports minded clients. We believe that participation in physical activity is an important part of health and vitality. The pursuit of dreams, setting goals, and the drive for personal achievement are all values we believe in and aspire.
Your Sports Medicine Center For Excellence
"I attend Action Sports Clinic to see my physiotherapist - Darra. Darra is very knowledgeable, attentive, and truly knows his sports medicine. I would highly recommend Darra to anyone who has a sports injury or is in need of physiotherapy.The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful, and are able to answer all of my questions."
Morgan Tarves – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Initial Assessment went well. Office was busy but staff were attentive and on the ball. Dr. Rennick was gentle and adjusted my back well. I will be back for another appointment."
Jen Scheershmidt – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Knowledgeable, friendly and intuitive staff. Allison is the best physio I've worked with and Dr Sean is a natural healer."
Chad Ford – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Frequently Asked Questions
What Brands does Action Sports Clinic Carry?
We carry brands from the worlds top manufacturers including Donjoy, Össur, CTi, Bauerfeind, Thuasne and more.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes! We take pride in personal service and being very accomodating. Please click any of our Appointment Buttons and submit your information, we will be in touch to confirm your date and time.
What are the office hours?
We are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.
What services do you offer?
We specialize in the practice of Sports Medicine and provide services related to Sports Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Massage, as well as off the shelf and custom Bracing & Orthotics. To learn more please visit our “Services” section of the website.
Do I need a referral from my physician?
No, a referral is not required to schedule an appointment.
Do you provide custom brace solutions?
Yes, Dr. Rennick is qualified by the world’s top orthoepedic brands to develop custom bracing solutions for many conditions.