Sports Medicine

Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians specialize in aggressively treating these conditions with non-surgical methods. 80-90% of musculoskeletal injuries don’t require surgery. Some conditions, however, do warrant surgical evaluation. A Primary Care Sports Medicine physician can help explain your treatment options and discuss appropriate referrals for surgical evaluation. Unfortunately, an evaluation by an Orthopedic surgeon takes 9-12 months in Alberta for most conditions.

We treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions, ranging from sprains and strains to more severe injuries, including fractures and joint dislocations. The most common injuries we see in our clinic include: 

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & tears

  • Fractures - Runner’s knee

  • Sacroiliac instability 

  • Chronic ligament injuries

  • Acute & chronic tendonitis

  • Finger & wrist injuries

  • Chronic ankle sprains & instability

  • Frozen shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)

  • Arthritis of small & large joints

SPORTS MEDICINE REFERRAL FORM

Dr. Galbraith uses cortisone injections for a number of conditions, including:


-adhesive capsulitis
- small & large joint arthritis (ie: knee, hip, shoulder, basilar thumb, ankle, wrist)
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- tennis elbow
- shoulder impingement syndrome
- rotator cuff tendonitis
- trigger finger
- trigger point injections

Dr. Galbraith performs some injections under ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound is especially helpful for guiding injections for difficult or high-risk structures.

Dr. Galbraith uses cortisone injections for a number of conditions, including:


-adhesive capsulitis
- small & large joint arthritis (ie: knee, hip, shoulder, basilar thumb, ankle, wrist)
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- tennis elbow
- shoulder impingement syndrome
- rotator cuff tendonitis
- trigger finger
- trigger point injections

Dr. Galbraith provides casting and splinting for non-surgical management of fractures.

Cortisone INjections

MSK  Ultrasound

Concussion Management

Non-Surgical Fracture management

Hyalouronic acid injections, are a type of “visco-supplementation” injection used for joint arthritis, especially knee and hip arthritis.   Hyalouronic acid is a gel-like substance called which help lubricates and cushions arthritic joints.    It is a nice alternative to cortisone.  Most patient have 6-9 months of relief.

Elite Sports Medicine purchases Hyalouronic acid injections in bulk, allowing patients to purchase it at our clinic for a discounted price. The cost is $375 per treatment. Hyalouronic acid injections are sold under the names Synvisc, Monovisc and Durolane.

Dr. Galbraith is one of a few Sports Medicine physicians in Alberta that performs Prolotherapy injections. Prolotherapy is a type of “Regenerative Injection Therapy” that stimulates healing and repair of injured ligaments and tendons.  In prolotherapy, Dextrose, (sugar) is injected into injured ligaments or tendons. This causes a localized inflammation in these injured areas which stimulates the body’s own immune response, allowing growth factors and other healing factors to help heal the injured tissue. 

Prolotherapy is typically used to treat a wide variety of chronic ligament and tendon injuries, including: chronic rotator cuff tendonitis or partial rotator cuff tears, wrist sprains, sacroiliac injuries and instability, chronic ankle sprains & instability, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, patellar tendonitis, etc. 

Prolotherapy is not covered by any private insurance either, and is a cash-only service. Please refer to the “Prolotherapy handout” for detailed information about Prolotherapy injections and pricing.

Elite Sports Medicine is excited to offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections! PRP is an exciting, new field of "regenerative injection therapies" to help heal old injuries. A patient's own blood is spun in a special centrifuge to concentrate their platelets. These platelets are rich in growth factors, which can help heal damaged tissue.

PRP is most commonly used for chronic tendon injuries, such as:

  • rotator cuff tendinosis

  • partial rotator cuff tears

  • lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)

  • plantar fasciitis

  • patellar tendinosis (jumper's knee)

New research shows there may be a role for PRP in joint arthritis, such as knee and hip arthritis.

PRP is not covered by Alberta Health or any private insurance company. The cost is $500 per treatment.

Dr. Galbraith is one of the few doctors in Canada that uses "Hydrodilatation" or “Capsular Distension” to treat Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder).  Hydrodilatation is a special type of injection that uses very high volumes of fluid to stretch or distend the shoulder from the inside – out, causing significant stretching of the shoulder ligaments that are inflamed and often scarred down. 

Following the injection, the shoulder is manipulated in the office to further stretch the shoulder ligaments.  Patients are then instructed to continue aggressive stretching at home.  Continued mobilization by a physiotherapist or chiropractor often provides optimal results.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Prolotherapy INjections

Hydrodilitation /Capsular Distention

Platlet Rich PLasma (PRP)

Frequently asked questions about Sports Medicine

How can I see a sports medicine doctor?


Dr. Galbraith is accessible by referral only. Referrals may come from other physicians, physiotherapists or chiropractors. Once we receive your referral, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. To help us be more efficient, you may be initially evaluated by a certified Athletic Therapist who may perform an initial history and exam, recommend further imaging of the injured area, and review a focused home rehabilitative program specific to your injury and needs. This aids our Sports Medicine physician in being more efficient in their consultation with you.




How long will it take me to get an appointment with a Sports Medicine physician?


Patients may see Dr. Galbraith within 1-4 weeks for an initial consultation. Dr. Galbraith may also see “acute” injuries on an urgent basis.




Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician?


Most (80-90%) of musculoskeletal injuries don’t require surgery. Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians specialize in aggressively treating these conditions with non-surgical methods. Some conditions, however, do warrant surgical evaluation. A Primary Care Sports Medicine physician can help explain your treatment options and discuss appropriate referrals for surgical evaluation. Unfortunately, an evaluation by an Orthopedic surgeon takes 9-12 months in Alberta for most conditions.




Do you work with other specialists?


Yes. Elite Sports Medicine strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary team approach to health care. We believe most patients benefit from treatment with other health care providers to maximize results. Physicians, surgeons, physical therapists and other allied health professionals work together to develop treatment and rehabilitation plans tailored to each patient.




What specialists do you work with?


Elite Sports Medicine receives referrals from numerous physicians and physiotherapists across Southern Alberta – from Calgary to Coutts and from Fernie to Medicine Hat. We occasionally receive referrals from orthopedic surgeons to manage non-surgical musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, we often see acute injuries referred from the local emergency room. If a patient may require surgery, we refer to various surgeons in Lethbridge, Calgary and Banff.




Are your services covered by Alberta Health Care?


Most of our services are covered 100% by Alberta Health Care, including the initial consultation and subsequent follow ups.




What services are NOT covered by Alberta Health Care?


Prolotherapy injections, synvisc injections, cortisone injections, and PRP procedures are not covered by AHC. The amount depends on the region(s) treated. Initial consultation and follow up evaluations are covered by AHC. Remember to ask for a letter requesting insurance coverage for Prolotherapy injections. Lengthy forms may not be covered by AHC – for employment insurance or life insurance. Also, special letters may not be covered by AHC.




Can you refill prescriptions over the phone?


Some prescriptions (not all) can be filled without a patient visit. Please have your pharmacy fax us a refill request. Then, allow 48 hours for prescription refills. Patients may need to schedule an appointment or go to a walk-in clinic for any refills that need to be filled urgently. Narcotic refills require a doctor's visit and are not refilled by phone. Dr. Galbraith defers long-term narcotic prescriptions to a patient's Family Physician.




Do I have to be an athlete to see a Sports Medicine specialist?


No. Dr. Galbraith treats all kinds of patients with all kinds of injuries. Athletes and non-athletes alike receive the same level of care and service, and we treat each patient based on their individual condition and goals.





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Fax. 587-425-1436

1921 Mayor Magrath Dr. S  Suite #201 
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 2R8

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