Did you know that the wait time to see some Orthopedic surgeons in Edmonton is nearly two years? That’s too long to wait if you are living with pain in your joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons. Whether you have a chronic condition like arthritis or you injured yourself playing sports or in everyday activities, this program is designed to evaluate your need for surgery versus alternative methods for relieving pain and improving your function.
In Edmonton, approximately 75% of patients who are referred to an Orthopedic Surgeon do not need surgery. At the Edmonton North PCN we are hoping that you don’t sit on a wait list unnecessarily, if you don’t need to see a surgeon.
Members of the Edmonton North PCN utilize the Ortho Triage & Treatment Program at the Northgate location. A team of family physicians with expertise and additional training in sports medicine will see patients for any orthopedic concern.
When you see one of these triage physicians, they can determine whether or not you will need surgery from an Orthopedic Surgeon. If you do not need surgery, they will help you with treatment options, like physiotherapy, injections or seeing an Exercise Specialist at the PCN. The Ortho Triage physician will also provide any follow-up care you may require.
If it is determined that you will need surgery, the Ortho Triage physician can give you some things to do to help you until you are able to be seen by a surgeon.
This program does work with a number of Orthopedic Surgeons who will see patients once they have been seen by a Ortho Triage Physician. Wait times to see a surgeon who is part of the program is around two months.
Please note this program is not able to accept patients with a WCB-related injury or illness.