Benefits for Orthopedic Surgeons and General Physicians

The Triage Assessment Program has many benefits for Orthopedic Surgeons and General Physicians, including working with an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner who can assist with triaging patients for surgery and non-surgical treatment. The Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner can order laboratory and radiographic tests (under delegation), educate patients on treatment options, and help to improve patient access to timely surgical care.

  • Patients can gain early access to an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist working collaboratively with the surgeons
  • Allows for a comprehensive assessment
  • Further investigation can be requested
  • Early diagnosis may allow for unnecessary delay of treatment
  • Deteriorations and complications may be avoided
  • Early intervention can reduce pain, medication and costs
  • If deemed surgical, surgeon to receive referral same day of assessment
  • Physicians will receive a detailed consultation report detailing the diagnosis and treatment care pathway
  • Cost of assessment covered by most extended health care insurance

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The Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner possesses a unique skillset beyond that of a regular physiotherapist including; ordering laboratory and radiographic tests (under delegation) as well as orthopedic examinations to assist with triaging patients for surgery and non-surgical treatment care pathways. The Advanced Practice Physiotherapist role provides an ideal opportunity to educate patients on treatment options and how to manage their symptoms. The purpose of this role is to improve patient access to timely surgical care by reducing wait times for surgery and recommending appropriate conservative treatment when indicated.