In 2013, NEJAC expanded by introducing shoulder conditions to the existing Hip and Knee program. The shoulder rapid access clinic provides a quick assessment for patients who suffer from degenerative conditions (rotator cuff disease, arthritis). NEJAC helps reduce the wait time for access to care and provides a single point of entry for primary care providers. A referral from your primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) is required to be seen at NEJAC.
There are many other non-surgical treatment options that you can try prior to getting a referral to NEJAC, such as physiotherapy, medication, modification of behaviours, and injection therapy (cortisone).
You will be assessed by an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) who has extensive orthopedic skills and training. A comprehensive assessment will be conducted to determine the most appropriate treatment, which will be based on the severity of your condition. If surgery is the next step, an appointment with the next available or preferred orthopedic surgeon is arranged, thereby reducing wait times. If surgery is not needed, non-surgical treatment options are discussed (education, exercise prescription, injection therapy, assistive devices), and more support and resources are provided to appropriately self-manage your condition.
There are 4 partnering NEJAC sites across the North East that provide accessibility closer to home: Little Current, North Bay, Sudbury, and Timmins.
There is no fee to access NEJAC as this service is covered by OHIP.