The HNHB LHIN’s work in orthopaedics (which refers to treatments concerning bones and joints) focuses on hip and knee replacement, spine (back) surgery, shoulder surgery, knee arthroscopy, and hip fracture repair. Five hospitals in the LHIN perform over 11,000 orthopaedic surgeries every year: Brant Community Healthcare System, Hamilton Health Sciences, Joseph Brant Hospital, Niagara Health System, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Musculoskeletal Central Intake and Assessment Centre for Hip & Knee and Low Back Pain
The HNHB LHIN Musculoskeletal Central Intake and Assessment Centre (MSK CIAC) provides patients with a timely assessment of their hip, knee or low back pain condition.
MSK CIAC is the one point of contact in HNHB LHIN for referrals for primary hip and knee joint replacement and low back pain assessments. Patients are assessed within four weeks by an Advanced Practice Provider (Physiotherapist or Chiropractor) with specialized training. This helps to reduce the time it takes to see a specialist for those that need it, begin treatment, and if necessary, have surgery.
MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program
The MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program provides patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis with an assessment to determine if they are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. There are four Hip and Knee Assessment Centres located in hospitals across HNHB LHIN.
Click here for a listing of conservative management (non-surgical) resources for hip and knee osteoarthritis available in HNHB LHIN.
MSK CIAC Low Back Pain Program
The MSK CIAC Low Back Pain Program provides patients with timely assessment of their low back pain, and a personal plan that allows them to manage their low back pain, improve their mobility and their overall function. There are 17 Low Back Pain Assessment Centres located in communities across HNHB LHIN.
How to Get Referred to MSK CIAC
Referral to the MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program or Low Back Pain Program must be made by a Primary Care Provider.
MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program referral information.
MSK CIAC Low Back Pain Program referral information.
Wait Times for Surgeries and Procedures
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MSK Patient Resources
HNHB LHIN MSK CIAC Program