The goal of TeleOrthopaedics.com is to leverage internet technology to improve orthopaedic triaging and the standard of patient care by connecting people with the most appropriate healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Given that the majority of musculoskeletal injuries get better without clinic -based treatment, without prescription medications, without an MRI, without injections or surgery, our first project is to explore online physiotherapy consultations and patient education to Canadians living in areas without access to a local orthopaedic physiotherapist.
TeleOrthopaedics.com is owned and operated by registered Canadian Orthopaedic Physiotherapist Terry Kane (Calgary).
Telephone Consults with Orthopaedic Physiotherapist, Terry Kane
Founder / Owner, OrthopaedicsCanada.com & TeleOrthopaedics.com
“In my clinical experience, I believe the majority of patients – who are well educated on their condition – can improve at home with a home based treatment and progressive rehab exercise program.” – Terry Kane PT
Since 1985, Terry Kane has worked with some of the top orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians and chronic pain specialists in Canada and the United States. A graduate of the University of Toronto, former Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and Calgary Flames physiotherapist, Terry has over 30 years of clinical experience in diagnosing and designing evidenced based rehab programs for thousands of orthopaedic patients, including over 500 Olympic and professional athletes.
In 2011, Terry founded and launched Canada’s only national online Orthopaedic Network, OrthopaedicsCanada.com.
No physician referral is required to talk with Terry and this service is available to all residents of Alberta .
Terry does not consult to patients with;
- Injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
- Injuries resulting from work-related accidents.
- Patients involved in legal litigation with respect to their injuries or condition.
- Patients on short or long disability insurance related to a condition or injury.
- Served as Head Physical Therapist for the Calgary Flames and Canada’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team,
- Lectured internationally on exercise based rehabilitation for over twenty years (i.e. American College of Sports Medicine, etc)
- Lectured on physical therapy for the University of Calgary Department of Orthopaedics as well as Department of Continuing Medical Education.
- Served as an Injury Analysis Consultant to the National Hockey League’s Injury Analysis Panel.
- Served as a contributing developer & instructor of a MainPro-C Course on “Chronic Pain for Family Physicians” for the University of Calgary Department of Continuing Medical Education.
- Served as a contributing author “Foundations of Personal Training”: Human Kinetics, 2008 (ISBN-13:9781450441322)
- Served as an editorial peer reviewer for the Physician and Sportsmedicine, the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and Pain Research and Management Journal.
- Served as a volunteer member of Alberta’s Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network .
Career Path | Background
- Physical Therapist, Terry Kane Physical Therapy (1985 – present)
- Physical Therapist, Fourth Street Clinic Primary Care Clinic (2016 – present)
- Physical Therapist, Calgary West Central Primary Care Network ( August 2014 – March 2016)
- Founder, Owner, OrthopaedicsCanada.com Network (2008 – present)
- Founder, Owner, OrthopaedicProtocols.com (2008 – present)
- Physical Therapist, Copeman Healthcare, (2008 – 2011)
- Physical Therapist, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Chronic Pain Centre (2005 – 2008)
- Injury Analysis Consultant, National Hockey League (2000-2004)
- Physical Therapist, Calgary Flames (1995 – 2001)
- Owner, Physical Therapist, Achilles Physiotherapy Clinic (1993 – 1995)
- Physical Therapist, University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre, (1990 – 1993)
- Physical Therapist, McMahon Stadium Sports Physiotherapy Clinic (1988 – 1990)
- Physical Therapist, Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team (1985 – 1988)
- University of Toronto, Bachelor of Sciences (Physical Therapy) (1982-1985)
- University of Toronto, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (1977-1981)
What is an Orthopaedic Triage Assessment?
In healthcare, triage assessments are designed to help patients get on the right ‘clinical pathway’ to achieve success as soon as possible.
Simply put, the goal is to prevent delayed, inappropriate or inadequate treatment that may result in failure.
An orthopaedic triage assessment is designed to help patients – with both acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions – receive the highest standard of evidence-based care as soon as possible.
On a practical level, orthopaedic triage assessments are designed to answer key questions such as:
- What is the diagnosis of my injury or condition and what is the best treatment plan for me?
- Do I need diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, an ultrasound or an MRI?
- How long will it take for my injury to get better?
- Can I get better at home?
- Who is the most appropriate healthcare professional that I should see for my condition?
- Are there activities or exercises that I should be doing at home to help myself get better?
- Are there activities or exercises that I should not be doing?
- Do I really need to see an orthopaedic surgeon for my injury or condition?
- If I saw a surgeon today, what is the probability that I would be offered surgery?
The Consequences of Delayed, Inadequate or Inappropriate Orthopaedic Care
Unfortunately, Canadians who receive delayed, inadequate or inappropriate treatment for an orthopaedic injury or condition are considered to be at a higher risk:
- To develop chronic and disabling neuromuscular pain.
- To become dependent on prescription pain medications,
- To develop permanent disability that prevents them from working or performing normal activities of daily living,
- To place a greater burden on their families and other caregivers for support over their lifetime.
- To become increasingly dependent on the healthcare system over their lifetime.
- For patients who’ve undergone orthopaedic surgery and returned home without access to a local physiotherapist, there is a greater possibility that they (a) will not do their rehab properly or regularly, (b) will fail to meet their rehab goals on schedule and (c) potentially achieve a sub-par surgical outcome / result.