What our patients say
The first time I have felt confident in my back in 30+ years
Life changing is the simplest answer. I’ve had back issues for 30+ years and this is the first time I feel confident that I have the answer to keep my back in much better condition. I tried all the ‘other’ treatments and Sandra is the first to truly put me on the path to proper back health. Life is much better pain free.
I have the tools to live pain-free
Came with back pain that affected most daily activities. Began working on core issues and noticed relief quickly. I can now recognize situations that affect pain and can correct my body accordingly. Thank you for giving me the tools to live pain free.
Back to the gym and the golf course
When I started with Sandra I had shooting pain down both legs, numbness in my hamstring and definitely couldn’t sit for very long. I am very active going to the gym at least 4 times a week, riding my bike to work, golfing and skiing but was unable to do those things when I first started with Sandra. What I liked about Sandra’s approach to physio was she didn’t focus directly on the area of pain but what other parts of the body could be causing the issue. She gave me different kinds of exercises and acupuncture and now I’m pain free and back doing all of my activities.
Who knew breathing differently would improve my neck pain
I came to Sandra with a lot of pain in my neck, shoulders and lower back. I had recent issues due to a strained bicep and every workout was accompanied by a lot of pain. It impacted my ability to work, drive, do school work, enjoy walks with my dog, and even sleep at night. At times I felt as though it would never get any better. Working with Sandra has been amazing. She has taught me so much about how my body can move, how my breathing impacts me, and has helped me achieve a range of motion I didn’t know was possible for me. I am back to working out five days a week, can get through my shifts at work, enjoy walking my dog and best of all I experience no pain! I feel strong and healthy! Physiotherapy was the best decision for me and the experience has been life changing!
No surgery necessary for spinal stenosis
When my doctor recommended I see Sandra at Sport & Spine Physio I had a lot of leg pain and lower back pain to the extent I could not stand very long and only walk short distances. MRI had revealed severe spinal stenosis at L3-4 disc level and surgery was a must. After checking surgery waiting times and out of country prices, I spoke with Sandra and she assured me that I did not need surgery and she could help me. So I started laser therapy, approximately 20 treatments, followed with exercises for certain muscles. I can now walk and stand as long as I want to and have not looked back. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have had her put the time and effort into my situation.
Couldn’t sit without pain
I was in a terrible amount of pain that ruined my daily activities. I couldn’t sit in a vehicle for more than half an hour at a time. I heard about Sport & Spine from a couple of friends and made an appointment. I stuck to the exercises as best I could and things came around. I feel better than I have in 15 years, maybe this is the new me.
Sport & Spine helped my pain when others couldn’t
History with a bad shoulder, a fall sent me to surgery. Another physiotherapist clinic with large turnover in staff could not seem to help. Sandra was bang on. I can now do my job building jet engines without constant pain. I can lift my grandkids without pain. Life is better.
Other methods didn’t help, Sandra gave me the tools to be mobile & pain free
The discomfort to my right leg and hip started a decade ago. I ignored the stiffness at first, it would improve then get worse until it became something that I was aware of everyday, thought about all the time. Any amount of sitting could be uncomfortable and it bothered me at night. I saw a chiropractor, massage therapist and several physiotherapists. Treatment would make temporary improvements but no one could explain the problem or more importantly, show me something I could do for myself. Since meeting Sandra I have less pain and stiffness, can sit without pain, sleep better and I feel like I have knowledge and the tools to stay more mobile and pain free.
Feeling better than I have in years
I had back surgery in the spring of 2017 to remove a growth at L4, L5. I was told physiotherapy after surgery was optional from my surgeon but after 6-8 months I had extreme lower back pain and struggled with pretty much every day to day task involving my back moving. I started physiotherapy in February of 2018 and after a few visits am moving and feeling 100% better than I have in 5+ years.
Cold laser & exercise helped me return to a normal routine
I spent nearly a year not able to lift my arms over my head or out in front of me. At times the pain was so intense that I would become physically ill. After just 2 months twice a week of cold laser therapy and light exercise, I have been able to return to my normal daily routine and experience little to no pain. Overall my experience at Sport & Spine was amazing and if I ever find myself in that level of pain again I will most definitely be calling Sandra and her wonderful staff.
Surgery was not the way
When I came to Sport & Spine Physiotherapy I had very limited mobility from a hemorrhaged disc (L4-L5) on my sciatic nerve. I was in a very bad way; hunched over, on handfuls of medication. I was told surgery was the only way, but that didn’t sit right with me. After a year and a half of hard work, I can finally say I feel normal again. Something I thought I would never feel. Sandra found the right exercises that worked for me. I will forever be grateful for what you taught me.
So happy to stop getting cortisone injections
I had been getting nerve ablations L3-S1 every year and cortisone shots every three months. I now have not had cortisone shots or nerve ablations. My back is feeling good. I can even do the child’s pose which I absolutely couldn’t do before! I am walking much better and learning more every time I visit Sandra. I am so happy to not have to keep getting injections to live a normal life.
This is the solution you’ve been looking for. Your treatment will be tailored to suit your needs and goals. Consults are one-on-one care in your own private treatment room.
If your MRI says something scary, don’t be afraid- Call Sport & Spine Physiotherapy. We have helped many people with “scary” MRI’s get back to the activities they love.
If you have shoulder pain you just want it to stop. Call Sport & Spine Physiotherapy Clinic first. 75% of people are able to rehab their shoulder without surgery.
Learning the ABC’s of movement will help you move through your day with ease and give you the confidence to try new activities. This lays the foundation for a fun, active lifestyle.
Cold Laser Therapy
Sport & Spine Physiotherapy uses three types of Class 3B lasers; THOR, Theralase, BioFlex. The bio-stimulating effect of laser therapy causes a decrease in both pain and inflammation. It accelerates healing by increasing tissue regeneration.
Benefits of treatment include; rapid cell growth, anti-inflammatory action, increased vascular activity, stimulated nerve function.
Laser Therapy is a safe and effective way to eliminate pain without medication, injections or surgery. It is clinically proven to eliminate pain, accelerate healing and restore your quality of life. Break free from back and shoulder pain.
Lasers work by supplying the body with billions of photons of light at very specific wavelengths. The body absorbs this laser light on a cellular level and transforms it into chemical energy, which the body then naturally uses to repair its own tissue.
Sport&Spine@Home Virtual Treatments
Stuck at home? Need care? We are here for you!
A Sport&Spine@Home online treatment is a great idea when:
- You cannot easily leave your home (due to COVID-19, or a snow storm, etc.)
- Physiotherapy services are not available in your community
- To receive follow-up care by a Sport & Spine physiotherapist when you are away from Lethbridge
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We can help!
We are movement experts and medical professionals. By combining movement science with medical expertise, we have helped many people with troublesome back and shoulder problems. You do not have to live with the pain!
We Take Time to Understand Your Individual Pain Experience
Pain is annoying. Whether it started yesterday or years ago, you just want it to stop. By the end of your first visit, you will leave with a tool you can use to start being in control of your pain.
Pain is complicated. All consults are one-to-one in your own private treatment room. We help you understand why things are hurting. We will teach you to move as well as possible for as long as possible without the use of medications, injections, and surgery.
We Make Sure You Understand Your Treatment Process
At your first visit, we will give you an estimated recovery time so you know exactly what to expect.
We Get Results That Last
The solutions for back and shoulder pain at Sport & Spine Physiotherapy are simple and have been tested by people of all ages.
You Are Going to Love How You Feel
You are going to love living in your body when it moves with ease and confidence doing whatever you need or love to do. When you look after your body, it is a fun place to live!
Meet Our Team
BMR(PT) MClSc (Physical Therapy) FCAMPT CAFCI
Working as a physiotherapist is Sandra’s true calling. She loves to tackle complex back and shoulder problems and share the excitement with a patient as they regain their ability to move with ease and confidence.
Sandra graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy). She is a lifelong learner who continually adds to her expertise. She obtained a Masters of Clinical Science (Physical Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). She is also certified to practice acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and perform SFMA and FMS assessments. Sandra is continually on the lookout for new treatment techniques and technologies that will benefit her patients. Most recently she has added photobiomodulation from BioFlex Laser, Theralase and THOR.
If she is not in the clinic, Sandra likes to be outside. She enjoys any type of sport. Her newest challenge is learning to tap dance at Haptic Dance Studio. She also has a collection of easy care plants – succulents and cacti.
Patient Experience Coordinator
Ashley was born and raised in Cardston, AB. She has over 10 years of medical reception and front-end service experience, and has completed post-secondary education for Medical Laboratory Assistant and Optical Science Diplomas.
Ashley was in school choir growing up and has played the piano since she was 5 years old. She loves spending her free time with her husband Jason, her dog Sarge, and cats Conan, and Eleanor. Her animals are even a little bit famous on TikTok. She enjoys photography, painting, and spending time in the mountains.
- Free parking in front of clinic.
- Most health benefit plans cover physiotherapy treatment. We direct bill to Alberta Blue Cross & Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.
Tue 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wed 12:45pm – 5:30 pm
Thu 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm