Orthopaedic Triage Assessment


Orthopaedic Triage Assessments


“What is the probability that I need surgery?”

“If I don’t need to see a surgeon, what can I do at home to get better?”

“Are there exercises that I can do at home to reduce my pain or avoid surgery?”

“If I need to see a surgeon, which surgeon should I see for my condition?”


Research conducted at the University of British Columbia estimated that over 75% of patients referred to see a surgeon from a family physician or emergency room physician do not need surgery.   That means that a large majority of Canadians sitting on a wait list to see a surgeon will not be offered surgery and are just clogging up waiting lists for patients who do need surgery.

No one gets better sitting on a waiting list they shouldn’t be on.”  – Terry Kane

Rather than wasting time on a waiting list for nine months to see a surgeon, orthopaedic physiotherapist Terry Kane conducts private one hour assessments to diagnose and determine the probability that a patient will require surgery or whether they can get better with patient education and a well designed home rehabilitation program.

Terry sees patients within a week and a physician referral is not required to see Terry.

If Terry believes a patient needs to see a surgeon, he will write a letter to the most appropriate surgeon for the patient’s condition.

If Terry does not believe a patient needs surgery, he will spend the hour answering all patient questions, designing an appropriate home treatment and rehab exercise program and invite patients to follow up in six weeks to determine if things are improving or not.  Terry will also write a letter to family physicians with a report of his findings and recommendations.

Although Terry has over 30 years of experience with orthopaedic surgeons in Calgary, he has no professional or business relationship with any orthopaedic clinic or orthopaedic surgeon in Calgary.

Please note that Terry does not see patients with injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries (WCB) or patients involved in medical-legal litigation.

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About Terry Kane

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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 Kane 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 addition to his clinical work, Terry currently owns Canada’s only National Online Network of orthopaedic websites, www.OrthopaedicsCanada.com

Areas of Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Practice

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hands and Wrists
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Feet and Ankles


Professional Experiences


  1. Served as Head Physical Therapist for the Calgary Flames and Canada’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team,
  2. Lectured internationally on exercise based rehabilitation for over twenty years (i.e. American College of Sports Medicine, etc)
  3. Lectured on physical therapy for the University of Calgary Department of Orthopaedics (Glen Edwards Day) as well as Department of Continuing Medical Education (Telemedicine Rounds).
  4. Served as Injury Analysis Consultant to the National Hockey League’s Injury Analysis Panel.
  5. 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.
  6. Served as a contributing author “Foundations of Personal Training”: Human Kinetics, 2008 (ISBN-13:9781450441322)
  7. Served as editorial peer reviewer for the Physician and Sportsmedicine,  the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and Pain Research and Management Journal.

Terry Kane’s Professional Goals


  1. To deliver the highest standard of diagnostic assessments, evidence-based treatment and exercise based rehabilitation for patients on behalf of referring physicians and surgeons.
  2. To improve the standard of care in the multidisciplinary management of musculoskeletal conditions in Canada through improved triaging and adoption of evidence-based clinical care pathways.
  3. To leverage web-based technologies to improve the standard of evidence-based care among healthcare professionals in the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal conditions as well as post-surgical rehabilitation (www.orthopaedicprotocols.com)
  4. To leverage web-based technologies to improve public awareness of evidence-based clinical pathways in the self-management of musculoskeletal conditions and prevention of chronic pain.


Career Path | Background


  • Physical Therapist, Terry Kane Physical Therapy (2000 – 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)