The Regional Joint Assessment Centre gets you on the right treatment path faster.

Thousands of people in Northwestern Ontario know how debilitating pain due to knee and hip injuries can be. The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre established the Regional Joint Assessment Centre (RJAC) to reduce wait times for referral appointments and assessment. Our comprehensive program guides you through the process from initial consultation to surgery (if required), recovery, and rehabilitation. We consistently meet the wait time standards set by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care so you can get on with your life faster.

If surgery is not a good option for you, your care team will discuss alternative treatments with you.

Ask your family physician or primary care provider about getting a referral to our program. If you don’t have a primary care provider, you can get a referral from any walk-in clinic in the region. (Click here for a list of Thunder Bay clinics or click here to search for walk-in clinics in your community on the Ontario 211 website.)

The Low Back Pain Program

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is home to a pilot program called the Low Back Pain Program. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the program is designed to reduce wait times for patients who need low back pain assessments. The Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics (ISAEC) is now accepting referrals from primary care providers.  To learn more about ISAEC, please visit the ISAEC website here.