Who is SEMI?
SEMI is one of Toronto’s premier sports medicine clinics. At SEMI our in-house team consists of licensed medical and health professionals with a variety of specializations. From physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation, to massage therapy, acupuncture, and sports medicine, we offer all the treatments and therapies that our patients need to successfully recover from any injury.
Our Toronto sports medicine clinic is fully equipped to handle any sports or exercise injury you’re dealing with in a safe, healthy and productive way.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma is made from the patient’s own blood spun in a centrifuge to create a potent concentrate rich in blood platelets. These contain several growth factors that stimulate soft tissue healing and are injected into the site of injury using ultrasound guidance.
Any injury slow in healing is a good candidate for PRP injection therapy including tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries as well as tears, arthritis, rotator cuff tendinopathy and cartilage tears.
Dr. Douglas Stoddard’s seminar
Dr. Douglas Stoddard’s seminar on treating injuries covers:
- History and benefits
- The effects of PRP and ADSC injections to injury
Watch Dr. Stoddard perform the process to demonstrate the treatment.
Optimizing Diet, Health and Weight through Personal genetics
Host: Dr Penny Kendall-Reed, BSc, ND
Broadcast: Saturday, November 14th 2020 – 11 am
Musculoskeletal Regenerative Injections In Canada … an update on PRP, Stem Cells and Related Biologics
- Dr. Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES, Sport Medicine Physician
- Dr. Stephen C. Reed BM, BCh, MA, MSc, FRCS(c), Orthopedic Surgeon
- Dr. Jennifer C. Gordon, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Broadcast: Saturday, November 28th 2020 – 11 am
Host: Timothy Lee BHSc. (Hon) MSc. PT FCAMPT, Director of Therapy Services
Broadcast: Saturday, January 16th 2020 – 11 am
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
Acupuncture has been scientifically shown to decrease pain via the release of your body’s natural pain killers, known as endorphins. The acupuncture process involves inserting very fine needles into the meridians of your body which represent the various organs of the body, including your heart, stomach and kidneys.
Orthopaedic Surgeons diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems related to bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Although we employ a number of non- operative modalities such as physiotherapy, bracing and injections, consideration for surgery remains the primary reason for referral. In most cases the decision to go ahead with surgery rests with the patient, although the surgeon may recommend the procedure as the best option.
Achieving your health, fitness and training goals becomes that much easier when you book an appointment “with yourself”, and your trainer! Trying to avoid the gym? Not comfortable with all of that ‘heavy metal’ equipment? Join us in our modern studio settings and take advantage of a more private environments, where your trainer guides you every step of the way.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve withdrawing a patient’s own blood, taking the PRP containing a high concentration of blood platelets, and as a result, a high concentration of growth factors and injecting it into the damaged tissue to speed up healing in chronic injuries and acute injuries.
Prolotherapy (“Proliferative Injection Therapy”) involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.
The Osteoarthritis (OA) Clinic at SEMI offers services to individuals who have been diagnosed with OA in any part of the body, including shoulders, hands, wrists, neck, back, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet. OA can be a painful condition, often limiting activities of daily living and enjoyment of sport and activity. We can help!
Shockwave Therapy involves shooting ultrasound or mechanically generated waves at injured tissue. Studies report anywhere from 70-90% improvements in various conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles, Tendinopathy, Tennis Elbow Jumpers Knee, Stress Fractures and Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Sport Chiropractic is a focused area within Chiropractic that involves the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. It provides soft tissue treatments (including Active Release Techniques or ART and medical acupuncture), spinal and other joint mobilization/manipulation, rehabilitation exercise prescription, an understanding of the biomechanics of various sports and fitness activities, physical therapy modalities, bracing, and athletic taping (including Kinesiotaping).
Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700?s with the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on anatomy and physiology. Massage most commonly includes the application of pressure and kneading to muscles, joints, fascia, tendons, ligaments, skin, nerves, blood vessels and lymph vessels.
Sport physiotherapy is a focussed area of practice in physiotherapy that requires skills and knowledge in the following areas: manual physiotherapy, exercise prescription, an understanding of various sports and fitness activities and knowledge of how to use advanced modalities (i.e. Biodex) in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries.
Sport psychology involves the mental and behavioural aspects of participation and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity. People contact a sport psychology professional for various reasons, including performance improvement, dealing with pressure, enhancing the sports experience, mental and psychological aspects of injury rehabilitation and more.
Sport Medicine applies to many classes of people in addition to competitive athletes. Because of this, it would more appropriately be called “Activity Medicine”. This specialty deals with diagnosis and treatment of activity related injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, bones and joints, whether they be from a bona fide sport, work or other “non-sport” related causes.