- Non-surgical treatment option
- Effective, long-term pain relief
- Timely recovery and return to normal
- Reduces the risk of future injuries
- Opportunity to consult with a sports medicine specialist allows for a comprehensive treatment approach
SportVis™ is a revolutionary hyaluronic acid injection treatment that can provide relief from pain and improve function in damaged tendons and ligaments. The active ingredient Soft Tissue Adapted Biocompatible Hyaluronic Acid (STABHA™), augments the natural production of hyaluronic acid in your body in response to injuries such as tennis elbow or sprained ankles. It is the only Health Canada-approved hyaluronic acid for pain relief and restoration in damaged tendons and ligaments.
If you’re struggling with pain caused by an injury, SportVis™ may be the ideal treatment option to consider. During a comprehensive consultation, our Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Teri Fisher will evaluate your condition to determine if SportVis™ is a suitable treatment for you.
What to expect
What to expect
Planning Your Treatment
Patients are encouraged to self-refer (i.e. a referral from your family doctor is NOT required). However, you should be assessed initially by a GP and have a provisional diagnosis. Also, x-rays are required prior to the consultation with Dr. Fisher. The purpose of the consultation with Dr. Fisher is to determine if private therapeutic injections would be appropriate for you (not to diagnose the condition).
Once you have a provisional diagnosis and xrays, we will schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher, where he will review your history, do a focused sports medicine physical exam, review your imaging, discuss your diagnosis, outline the pros and cons of the various injections, and recommend the most appropriate injection therapy based on your individual needs and preferences. Please be sure to bring any imaging reports that you have (e.g. x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, MRA, CT scans) to the consultation. Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Fisher will either perform the ultrasound-guided injection at that time, or we will schedule a future appointment for the injection (and for subsequent injections, if necessary).
Before the Treatment
Depending on the specific injection therapy selected for you, Dr. Fisher may advise you to stop taking certain medications or supplements prior to the procedure (e.g. such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatories). You should wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the injection site, such as shorts for lower extremity concerns or a tank top or sports bra (for women) for upper extremity concerns.
During the Treatment
You will be placed in a comfortable position while the affected area is cleaned. Local anaesthetic will be provided if necessary. Dr. Fisher will then use the ultrasound machine to guide the needle to the correct location, ensuring accurate placement of the injection. The injection itself typically takes only a few minutes, after which the needle is removed and a small bandage is applied to the site.
All of our musculoskeletal injection techniques are done by Dr Fisher using ultrasound to guide to location of the injections. There are many advantages of using ultrasound to guide therapeutic injections:
- Increased Accuracy: Ultrasound allows Dr Fisher to have real-time visualization of the targeted area, which helps ensure accurate needle placement. This means that the injectable solution is more likely to be delivered precisely where it is needed, improving the effectiveness of the injection.
- Reduced Pain: When injections are given blindly, there is a risk of hitting nerves or other sensitive structures, which can cause pain. Ultrasound-guided injections can help reduce pain by allowing Dr. Fisher to avoid these sensitive areas.
- Improved Safety: Ultrasound-guided injections are generally considered safer than blind injections because Dr. Fisher can visualize the needle as it is inserted and ensure that it is placed in the correct location.
- Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients who receive ultrasound-guided injections often report higher levels of satisfaction because the procedure is less painful and more effective.
After the Treatment
Dr. Fisher may advise you to rest the affected area and avoid strenuous activity for a certain period of time. You may also be advised to avoid certain medications for a specific length of time. Dr. Fisher will review your specific post-injection recommendations to ensure optimal results.
Recovery from a therapeutic injection for musculoskeletal pain can vary depending on the type of injection and your individual response. In general, you may experience some mild discomfort or swelling at the injection site for a few days after the procedure. For some types of injections, such as hyaluronic acid, it may take several weeks and/or multiple injections to see the full benefits of the treatment.
How it works
How it works
Boost Your Body’s Healing Response
SportVis™ leverages from Soft Tissue Adapted Biocompatible Hyaluronic Acid (STABHATM) – a clinically proven active ingredient – to relieve pain and restore function in damaged tendons and ligaments. SportVis™ is administered in two doses spaced one week apart.
Recommended number of sessions and maintenance:
SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid):
2 injections, 1 week apart
How much does this treatment cost?
The consultation fee is $550.
It’s important to note that before any treatment is given, Dr. Fisher conducts a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition to determine the most appropriate course of action. The cost for this assessment is $550. If you are interested in any of the treatments offered by Dr. Fisher, it is recommended to schedule a consultation and assessment to discuss your options and determine the best approach for your individual needs.
SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid):
$1800 for 2 treatments
Certain health plans and insurance providers may cover the expenses associated with the treatment. To determine if you have coverage, it’s recommended that you consult with your insurer.
SportVis™ is designed to be used for soft tissue injuries in various areas of the body, including but not limited to the elbow, knee, ankle, foot, and shoulder. SportVis™ injections are conducted under ultrasound guidance, enabling precise targeting of the treatment area for increased injection accuracy and efficacy. While a GP referral is not required, patients are expected to have undergone a medical assessment and diagnosis before undergoing this treatment.
Please note: X-rays must be taken before consulting with Anti-Aging, and additional imaging tests such as ultrasound, MRI, or MRA may also required.
The duration of pain relief provided by SportVis™ can vary depending on the individual and the specific injury being treated. In some cases, patients may experience immediate pain relief that lasts for several weeks, while others may require multiple treatments to achieve sustained pain relief. It’s important to discuss your expectations and treatment goals with our Aesthetic and Sports Medicine physician Dr. Teri Fisher.
To learn more about Dr. Teri Fisher, click here.
Steps to take if diagnosis or x-rays are not available
Please see your family doctor or make an appointment at Old Orchard Medical Clinic for an initial assessment/diagnosis and to get x-rays done. Please have your x-rays (and other imaging studies) done at one of the local hospitals or at one of the West Coast Medical Imaging locations. This will ensure that we will be able to access your x-rays online when you come to our clinic.
The closest West Coast Medical Imaging clinic to our clinic is the Arbutus location at:
2184 West Broadway, Unit #390
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1
Requirements for patients with prior diagnosis and x-rays
If you possess prior imaging reports, kindly get in touch with us to book your personal musculoskeletal injection evaluation with Dr. Fisher. Please be sure to bring any imaging reports that you have (e.g. x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, MRA, CT scans), particularly if they were not done at one of the locations listed above.
At the consultation, Dr. Fisher will review your history, do a focused sports medicine physical exam, review your imaging, discuss your diagnosis, outline the pros and cons of the various injections, and make a recommendation of the type of injections that would be the most appropriate for your condition.
Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Fisher will either go ahead and perform the ultrasound-guided injection at that time, or we will schedule a future appointment for the injection (and for subsequent injections, if necessary).
A follow-up appointment (included in the injection fee) will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks after your final injection.
Frequently asked questions
Additionally, before the consultation, patients are required to have X-rays taken, and in some cases, an ultrasound, MRI, or MRA may also be necessary. This is important for the medical team at Anti-Aging to get a clear understanding of the patient’s condition and to determine the most effective course of treatment.