Musculoskeletal Rapid Assessment Clinic

Musculoskeletal Rapid Assessment Centres



Musculoskeletal Rapid Assessment Centres

Across Ontario, patients who may need a hip or knee replacement surgery follow a “centralized intake process” that uses Musculoskeletal Rapid Assessment Clinic for assessments and referrals. This process also helps patients and their health care providers to understand all of the treatment options available to them and could include: education, behaviour modification, weight loss management, physiotherapy, bracing, injections, or surgery.

  1. If you are diagnosed with hip or knee arthritis, your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner will make a referral to a Central Intake Centre.
    • You will receive a call from Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Musculoskeletal - Rapid Assessment Clinic to book an appointment.
    • At CKHA, the Rapid Access Clinic is located at the Chatham Site in the Outpatient Therapy Services Department - Zone B, Level 1, room 101B. It is located directly across from Tim Horton’s.
  1. A detailed hip or knee joint assessment will be completed by an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist to determine with you if a referral to an Orthopaedic Surgeon is required or if another treatment is the best choice for you.
    • Your assessment will include physical, social, and lifestyle history along with a full physical assessment, and a review of your x-rays. You will be asked to bring in a disk with a copy of your X-rays if they were not completed at CKHA.
  1. If surgery is not right for you at this time, you will receive recommendations and education to help you manage your condition.
  1. If it is determined that you are a potential candidate for a total hip/knee joint replacement:
    • You will receive a call from the office of the Orthopaedic Surgeon you have selected with an appointment for your consultation.


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Frequently Asked Question


How do I get an appointment? 

We see patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions, who may be considering hip or knee replacement surgery.

Patients must be referred by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

What can I expect during my assessment?

During the assessment, an Advanced Practice Practitioner, such as a physiotherapist will:

  • Review your medical history,
  • Ask questions about your health,
  • Ask you to complete a test to see how well you can move and what is causing your pain, and
  • Discuss treatment options with you and come up with a plan to help you. This may include surgery as well as other non-surgical treatment options.


If needed, an appointment for a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon will be scheduled for you.

What should I wear to the assessment?

Wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothing.

What do I need to bring with me to the assessment?

  • Your health card,
  • Any related forms you have been asked to fill out
  • A CD or film x-ray of your affected joint if x-rays were taken outside of Chatham, and
  • If possible, a friend or family member who can also listen to the information.

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