Patient Visit

Patient Visit – What to Expect

The Regional Joint Assessment Centre (RJAC) helps people with hip, knee, and shoulder pain. It provides “one-stop shopping” for patients where they can get an assessment, get information about pain management and related issues, and find out if surgery might be the right option for them. Other services include:

  • Education on weight management
  • Education on joint maintenance
  • Referrals for non-surgical management including physiotherapy and GLA:D Canada
  • Education on community resources and services
  • Education on lifestyle changes that can improve joint health and pain

There are four clinic locations in Northwestern Ontario – click here to find the RJAC clinic closest to you.

Shoulder patients are assessed in Thunder Bay or Dryden at this time by an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist or surgeon

Who Will See Me?

Everyone coming to an RJAC clinic will initially be seen by an advanced practice physiotherapist. These important members of the health team are specially trained to assess joint injuries including those related to osteoarthritis.

This advanced practice physiotherapist will:

  • Review your medical history
  • Ask you some questions about your health
  • Ask you to complete some tests to see how well you can move your hip, knee or shoulder and what causes you pain
  • Review X-rays
  • Discuss treatment options with you and come up with a plan to help you

You may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss treatment options, including a hip or knee replacement.

Plan to spend about 45 minutes at your appointment.

What to Bring

  • Your Ontario Health Card
  • A list from your pharmacy of all the prescription medications that you take
  • A list of all herbal, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins you take
  • For the health and safety of all patients and staff we strongly advise you to attend your appointment on your own.  If you require physical assistance, a translator or have memory issues please limit your support to one additional person.

Please wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting comfortable clothes.