“Do I really need an MRI?”
“Do I really need to see a surgeon?”
“Isn’t there something else I can do?”
Even with an abnormal MRI, over 75% of patients referred to a surgeon are either not offered an appointment with a surgeon or are not offered surgery after waiting up to a year for their appointment.
This doesn’t mean these patients can’t or won’t get better, it just means the surgeon believes there are different non-surgical treatment options that patients should explore first.
No one gets better sitting on a waiting list they shouldn’t be on.
Rather than wasting time on a waiting list, we assess Edmonton residents (1) to review the accuracy of their diagnosis, (2) to review their treatment plan to date and (3) to determine whether they’ve exhausted all non-surgical treatments and would benefit from another option.
A referral from a family physician is NOT required to make an appointment with us.
We put Canadians on the right clinical pathway to;
1. Reduce their pain
2. Improve their function
3. Avoid sitting on waiting lists they shouldn’t be on.
4. Avoid surgery.
The Ten Questions We Answer For Albertans.
In an assessment, we will assess your condition and answer the following ten questions.
- How accurate and reliable is your current diagnosis?
- Are there other diagnostic tests or procedures that may improve the accuracy of your current diagnosis?
- What is the prognosis (expectation) for a full recovery of an condition / injury of your severity?
- How long does it take for the injured tissue to biologically heal and mature?
- What are realistic biological timelines to see a (1) reduction of pain (2) improvement in function?
- Have you followed an appropriate treatment plan for your current diagnosis?
- Have you executed an appropriate home rehab exercise program for your current condition?
- Have you exhausted all non-surgical treatment or rehab options? If not, what treatments or exercises could help?
- Could you benefit from a known non-surgical procedure? If so, what procedure?
- If you’ve exhausted all non-surgical treatment options – is there a known surgical procedure for your condition and who performs the procedure in your community?
Rather than sitting with unanswered questions, we answer questions and get Canadians moving forward.