The Southern Alberta Acute Knee Injury Clinic
A multidisciplinary clinic which aims to provide timely access to definitive care for acute knee injuries, with no cost to the patient.
To reduce the wait time for definitive care of a patient’s knee injury; however, SAAKIC has no control over surgery wait time. This will be determined by the consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Now Accepting Referrals
SAAKIC will accept referrals from the emergency department, family physicians, any other allied health professional, or the patient themselves.
Patients Have Access To:
- Sport Medicine Physician
- Athletic Therapist (Injury Care Coordinator)
- Certified Orthotist for bracing
- Referral to an Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Only where applicable
Working as a team, we will assess knee injuries that have occurred within the past 6 weeks. Early rehabilitation is provided to minimize deterioration of the knee structures after injury.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
- Patients will first be assessed by our Injury Care Coordinator. This involves a thorough history and complete physical examination.
- Patients will also be assessed by a Sport Medicine Physician who will provide a clinical diagnosis.
- The patient will be educated on the nature of their injury, including expectations regarding healing timelines and return to activity. Patients will have ample opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
This multi-disciplinary approach may take upwards of an hour and a half. If orthopaedic consultation is required, a referral will be made to the appropriate surgeon. If imaging or bracing is required, this will be done for you through SAAKIC and the appropriate referrals will be made and discussed with the patient. If a course of physiotherapy is recommended, patients have the opportunity to see a physiotherapist during their visit and are welcome to continue their rehabilitation through Rebound Health Centre with one of our physiotherapists affiliated with SAAKIC, or at the clinic of their choosing.