North East Joint Assessment Centre (NEJAC) is a rapid access clinic which offers a simplified and streamlined approach to managing degenerative shoulder conditions. The goal is to optimize the patients’ mobility and quality of life. The shoulder rapid access clinic provides a quick assessment for patients who suffer from degenerative conditions (rotator cuff disease, arthritis). There are many other non-surgical treatment options that you can try prior to getting a referral to NEJAC, such as physiotherapy, medication, modification of behaviours, and injection therapy (cortisone).
You will be assessed by an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) who has extensive orthopedic skills and training. A comprehensive assessment will be conducted to determine the most appropriate treatment, which will be based on the severity of your condition. If surgery is the next step, an appointment with the next available or preferred orthopedic surgeon is arranged, thereby reducing wait times. If surgery is not needed, non-surgical treatment options are discussed (education, exercise prescription, injection therapy, assistive devices), and more support and resources are provided to appropriately self-manage your condition.
There is no fee to access NEJAC as this service is covered by OHIP.