Joints4Life Low Back Program


What is the JOINTS4LIFE Program?

  • 100% exercise-based program to help improve the functional fitness of patients with acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions.
  • Safe and appropriate exercise programs individualized for each patient based on their condition, their current status and goals.
  • Developed by one of Canada’s most experienced Orthopaedic Physiotherapists Terry Kane.
  • Terry Kane has over 30 years of clinical experience in Calgary’s sports medicine, orthopaedic and chronic pain  communities.
  • One hour comprehensive physical assessment with Terry Kane.
  • Supervised personal exercise training sessions with Terry Kane at Heavens Fitness Club.
  • Telephone and video conferencing with Terry Kane for rural Albertans.

Who would benefit from JOINTS4LIFE  Program?

  • Patients who are motivated to improve their functional fitness to maintain the most active and independent lifestyle possible.
  • Patients with acute or chronic hip, knee, shoulder and low back pain.
  • Patients with joint pain and stiffness, a history of joint injury or surgery and a positive family history of arthritis.
  • Patients looking for a safe and appropriate individualized home-based exercise program designed by an experienced Orthopaedic Physiotherapist.
  • Patients who want to improve their functional fitness to avoid orthopaedic surgery or who just want to become stronger and more mobile.
  • Patients who want to improve their strength and mobility in preparation for upcoming orthopaedic surgery.
  • Patients looking for supervised exercise training sessions with an experienced Orthopaedic Physiotherapist.



About Terry Kane

Terry Kane is one of Canada’s most experienced orthopaedic physiotherapists with over 30 years of clinical experience working with some of the top orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians and chronic pain specialists in Canada and the United States.  Terry is the founder and owner of Canada’s largest online directory of orthopadic surgeons and other patient oriented content.

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 addition, Terry has worked at the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre, the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre, provided primary care physiotherapy services for Calgary West Central Primary Care Network as well as provided home care physiotherapy services in Calgary.


The focus of Terry’s practice is;

  1. Private and uninterrupted appointments that are one hour in length.
  2. Unhurried physical assessments.
  3. Unhurried patient education on their condition, prognosis, timelines and evidence-based treatments.
  4. Safe and appropriate home and / or gym based exercise.
  5. If a surgical consult is indicated, Terry will make a referral to the most appropriate surgeon.

Please note that Terry does not see patients with;

  1. Patients involved in legal litigation with respect to their injuries or condition.
  2. Patients on short-term or long-term disability insurance claim.
  3. Patients with injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
  4. Patients with injuries resulting from work-related accidents.


Terry Kane’s Professional Experiences

  1. Terry has over thirty years of clinical experience diagnosing and evidence-based treatment of  patients with orthopaedic conditions in Calgary.
  2. Served as Head Physical Therapist for the Calgary Flames and Canada’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
  3. Lectured internationally on exercise based rehabilitation for over twenty years (i.e. American College of Sports Medicine, etc)
  4. Lectured on physical therapy for the University of Calgary Department of Orthopaedics as well as Department of Continuing Medical Education.
  5. Served as Injury Analysis Consultant to the National Hockey League’s Injury Analysis Panel.
  6. 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.
  7. Served as a contributing author “Foundations of Personal Training”: Human Kinetics, 2008 (ISBN-13:9781450441322)
  8. 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 improve the standard of clinical diagnostics, triaging and evidence-based bone and joint care in primary care practices through a collaborative and integrated model of primary care physiotherapy. .
  2.  To deliver the highest standard of evidence-based physical therapy on behalf of patients, referring physicians and orthopaedic surgeons.
  3. To improve the standard of care in the multidisciplinary management of musculoskeletal conditions in Canada through improved orthopaedic triaging and adoption of evidence-based clinical care pathways.
  4. 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.
  5.  To leverage web-based technologies to improve public awareness of evidence-based clinical pathways in the management of musculoskeletal conditions and prevention of chronic pain.

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, Network (2008 – present)
  • Founder, Owner, (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)