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Outpatient Physiotherapy Services
Outpatient Physiotherapy Services at Trillium Health Partners focuses on the assessment and treatment of patients who have undergone total joint replacement procedures (hip/knee) at Trillium Health Partners, or who reside in our LHIN/local geographic area.

What to Expect
Our goal is to provide early access to assessment and evidence-based (what is supported in professional literature and the most up-to-date information) treatment to assist you to return to your daily routine. Outpatient Physiotherapy services include:

  • Assessment
  • Goal setting and treatment planning
  • Education
  • Individual and group exercise programming
  • Home exercise program

Registered physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants work together to deliver your treatment program. They have advanced knowledge about working with individuals who have undergone total joint replacement.
Patients are engaged in setting their treatment goals and are expected to participate in their assigned home program to aid their full functional recovery.
You can expect to start outpatient physiotherapy between 3-7 days after your knee replacement surgery, and typically you can expect to participate in exercise classes twice per week for up to 6 weeks. If you have had a hip replacement, your first appointment in outpatient physiotherapy will typically be between 2-6 weeks post-surgery. You will likely only need 1-3 visits.

Referrals
Outpatient Physiotherapy Services accepts patients who have had surgery at our hospitals for total joint replacements (hip/knee), and who are referred by Trillium Health Partners orthopaedic surgeons.  We also accept referrals from physicians if you reside in our LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network) or our local geographic area, regardless of where you had your surgery for total joint replacement.  

Finding Us
Outpatient Physiotherapy Services are available at Trillium Health Partners’ Queensway Health Centre AND Credit Valley Hospital.  Please bring your Health Card with you to every appointment.
Wear comfortable clothes in which you can exercise. For your first visit, bring a list of your current medications.

Location and Hours of Operation:

Queensway Health Centre   Credit Valley Hospital
150 Sherway Drive
Main Floor
Toronto, ON
M9C 1A5
2200 Eglinton Ave. West
Mississauga, ON
L5M 2N1
Tel: (416) 521-4063
Booking Line: (416) 521-4142
Tel: (905) 813-1571

Hours of Operation (Queensway Health Centre & Credit Valley Hospital):
Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 16:30
Directions to Outpatient Physiotherapy Services:

Queensway Health Centre
The Outpatient Physiotherapy Service is located on the main floor of the Queensway Health Centre.
Enter through the Urgent Care Centre doors. Take a left down the hall towards Diagnostic Imaging. Before Diagnostic Imaging, take a right turn down the hallway and the first office on the left side is the reception area.

Credit Valley Hospital
The Outpatient Physiotherapy Service is located on the lower level (level 1) of the Credit Valley Hospital.  Enter through the Ambulatory Doors off of Credit Valley Road. Please stop at the Patient Registration Desk to register for the appointment and they will direct you to our location.

Fracture Clinic

Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital

Trillium's new Fracture Clinic, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, opened in February 2008 and has already improved access and the quality of care our patients receive.
"The new clinic helps to decrease wait times, provides child-friendly spaces and improves patients' access to specialized procedures such as testing for osteoporosis," says Dr. Vir Sennik, orthopaedic surgeon and founder/ champion of the Diwali fundraising gala.

Donor and community generosity made clinic possible
The Fracture Clinic was made possible thanks to the incredible generosity and support of our South Asian community and many Capital Campaign donors. In 2007, $555,000 was raised for the much-needed clinic at the annual Diwali gala.
More than 22,000 patients visit Trillium's Fracture Clinic each year. Services provided include:

  • Acute and follow-up fracture care
  • Advanced casting techniques and care by Certified Orthopaedic Technologists
  • Post-operative follow-up care for elective and non-elective patients
  • Consultations with an Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Custom Functional Knee Bracing including assessment, fitting and follow-up care as well as off-the-shelf bracing for knees
  • Customized upper extremity fracture bracing
  • Spinal Bracing including assessment, fitting and follow-up care
  • Splinting of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • Viscosupplementation program for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Based on your individual needs at the time of your clinic visit, you may need additional X-Rays or procedures as determined by your orthopaedic surgeon.
Patients are seen in order of their appointment times, not arrival times, for both a consultation or cast work. Please follow the tips below to make your appointments easy as possible:

  • Bring your health card.
  • Allow up to three hours for your entire visit. Avoid booking other appointments during this time.
  • If necessary, please bring along an English Interpreter.
  • Bring a maximum of only one family member or friend to accompany you. Space is limited.
  • If driving, patients should enter via the Main (East) Entrance. Patients being dropped-off can use the Family Care Centre (North) entrance. Route maps are available at the Main Entrance information desk.
  • Certain procedures and products are not covered by OHIP. Please be prepared to pay for these charges at time of treatment. Visa and Interac are accepted.

Fracture Health Care Team
Trillium's Fracture Clinic health care team consists of an interdisciplinary team of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an Advanced Orthopaedic Technologist, Orthopaedic Technologists, Orthopaedic Technicians and Occupational Therapists. A Clinical Educator and a Manager complements the team.

Drug or Latex Allergies
If you have a known or suspected drug or latex allergy, please inform us at the time of registration in the Fracture Clinic.

Osteoporosis Education

People sustain fractures due to a variety of factors. One of those factors is osteoporosis - thin, brittle bone structure that is unable to sustain even minor trauma. Individuals who sustain fragility fractures, typically of the wrist, shoulder, hip or spine, from low energy forces (eg. a fall from standing height) have a high probability.
Trillium Health Centre's Fracture Clinic identifies fragility fracture patients as "High Risk Osteoporosis Patients". Family physicians are sent a letter suggesting further investigation of their patients' fragility fractures. Patients are provided with a copy of the letter and requested to follow up with their family doctor. These patients also receive an Osteoporosis.
The Osteoporosis Education Program was initiated to help patients receive follow-up investigation of their fractures with Bone Mineral Density tests, care and further education in the community. Trillium's goal is to prevent further low-impact fragility fractures in our patient population.

Taking Care of Your Cast

Plaster

  • Do not push objects under the plaster. This could lead to a wound in the skin.
  • Do not wet the plaster as it could soften and become unsupportive. Although any cast would probably dry eventually, it could lead to the skin beneath the cast becoming macerated.
  • Do not let cracks increase in size. This could make the plaster unsupportive.

If there are any problems with the plaster, let us take a look. It could be as simple as reinforcing the plaster or renewing the whole plaster, if necessary. You may call the Fracture Clinic between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Or you can contact your Family Physician or return to the Emergency Department if the following problems occur:

  • Cast becomes loose or uncomfortable
  • Cast becomes tight
  • Your fingers or toes become swollen or blue
  • There is a tingling sensation or numb feeling
  • There is a discharge or smell from the cast
  • There are painful areas beneath the cast.

Synthetic
The synthetic cast is a knitted glass fibre fabric impregnated with a polyurethane resin. A synthetic cast is typically used as a follow-up to a 'Plaster of Paris' splint when the injury has settled. It is also used when there is minimal swelling. When wearing this type of case, do not:

  • Cut the cast. This will leave a sharp edge, which could cut into the skin.
  • Heat the cast. This could lead to a burn to the skin.

Exercises
If the cast is on your arm, you must exercise your fingers for five minutes in every hour that you are awake.

  • Make a tight fist, hold for the count of five, then relax
  • Spread your fingers out for the count of five, then relax
  • Your elbow and shoulder must be moved as normal so they don't stiffen up

If the cast if below your knee, move your toes for five minutes every hour while you are awake.

  • Sit with your foot elevated on a pillow if your toes become slightly swollen
  • Do not allow your knee to become stiff

If the cast is above the knee move your toes for five minuts every hour while you are awake.

  • Tighten your knee for the count of five, then relax
  • Lift your leg, hold for the count of five, then relax

*Exercises can be carried out unless told otherwise by medical staff.

Custom Knee Braces

What are Knee Braces?
Knee braces are usually used for minor or major knee injuries. These can be custom fitted or off-the-shelf knee braces.

Custom Braces
To make a custom brace, a mould of your leg or measurements is needed to fit the brace. The mould is sent to the manufacturer to be made and then fitted by our own trained Registered Orthopaedic Technologist.
If you decide to purchase a custom brace, you will need to return to the Fracture Clinic twice. At your first visit, your needs will be assessed to determine what brace is best for you. Depending on the type of brace chosen, we may need to make a mould of your knee. It will take about 7-10 days for delivery of your custom knee brace.
On your second visit to the clinic, your brace will be fitted. We will give you instructions on how best to maintain and care for your brace.

Off-the-Shelf Knee Braces
Off-the-Shelf Braces are ready to wear and require minimal measurement. They are fitted by our own trained expert technicians.

Can Osteo-arthritis be treated with a knee brace?
Yes! Osteo-arthritis can be treated with a brace in younger patients. The brace is designed to decrease the amount of pressure on the damaged or diseased side of your knee. This will help reduce your knee joint pain. These braces can only be prescribed by an orthopaedic surgeon.

Does OHIP cover knee braces?
OHIP does not cover knee braces, but they may be covered by your private insurance or extended health care plan.
As all custom braces are made to fit only you, we require a deposit to be made at your first visit. Full payment of your brace is due on your second visit. It is helpful to contact your insurer before your first visit, to ask about your insurance coverage.

Give Us A Call
If you have any questions about your visit to the Fracture Clinic, please call us at
905-848-7170.

Harris Brace/Lumbar
The Harris Brace/LSO is a pre-fabricated custom-fitted back brace designed to support your lumbar (lower) spine. Our trained and certified Registered Orthopaedic Technologists will assess and fit you for your Harris Brace before your surgery.

Harris Brace/LSO Use

  • The Harris brace restricts forward/backward motion (flexion/extension) in your lumbar spine.
  • The Harris brace offers protection for your surgical procedure during your recovery phase.
  • The Harris brace provides intra-abdominal pressure to relieve pressure on the lumbar vertebrae and inter-vertebral discs.

Harris Brace/LSO Components
The Harris Brace has two main components:

  1. A soft cloth corset front
  2. A padded rigid metal back

The corset front has easily adjustable hook and pile closures and the rigid back consists of rigid aluminum covered in leather. The rigid back has the following four components, which provide the support and immobilization required.:

  1. Thoracic band
  2. Pelvic band
  3. Two Paraspinal bars
  4. Two lateral uprights

To Apply the Harris

  1. While standing, position brace along lower back while holding the corset open at both ends. Make sure to apply the brace over a T-Shirt.
  2. Lightly fasten the corset starting at the bottom and working towards the top.
  3. Check positioning and alignment of brace. The brace should be below your sternum in the front and below your shoulder blades in the back. The brace should also sit 1" above the widest part of your hip and should not be rotated to the left or right.
  4. With positioning determined, tighten the brace by pulling two straps at a time starting at the bottom.
  5. Feed excess strap material through the provided loops.
  6. Use a mirror to aid in brace application.

To Remove the Harris Brace
To remove the brace, begin at the top by slackening the straps first then unhook the straps one at a time. Do not adjust the lacing on the sides of the brace.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will I need to wear my Harris brace?
You will need to wear your Harris brace for approximately three months after the time of surgery or as determined by your physician.

Can I take the Harris brace off at night?
Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, you can take your brace off for sleeping.

How do I clean the Harris brace?
Your brace can be hand washed with water and mild soap and air-dried. Do not dismantle the brace for washing purposes.

Is the Harris Brace covered by extended health insurance?
Your brace/orthosis may be covered under your extended health plan. You are responsible for paying for your brace and recouping your expense from your provider.

Give Us A Call
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the fit of your Harris Brace, please don't hesitate to call us at 905-848-7170.

Joint Injections for Arthritis

What is a joint injection for arthritis?
If you have osteoarthritis, your doctor may choose to inject your arthritic joint with an anti-inflammatory medication called Depo-Medrol®. The injection you receive usually helps to temporarily reduce

What is Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is the anti-inflammatory medication that the doctor uses to inject your arthritic joint. Depo-Medrol® is a form of cortisone that has a strong and long- lasting anti-inflammatory response. This inflammatory response is what aids in reducing your pain. When injected into a joint Depo-Medrol® has no systemic effects, but rather only a local effect on the

Who is Depo-Medrol® for?
Because Depo-Medrol® only has temporary effects, it is particularly useful for patients who are suffering from a flare up of arthritis. Depo-Medrol® joint injections are only part of your arthritis treatment plan. Other treatments and medications should be discussed

What are some of the advantages of Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® reduces inflammation which is associated with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Because it is injected right into the affected joint it works quite quickly and has no gastrointestinal side effects.

Does OHIP Cover Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is not covered by OHIP, but the medication may be covered by

Are Depo-Medrol® injections painful?
There may be some mild and short-lasting discomfort during the actual procedure. Sometimes pain can persist for longer. If this is the case, take Tylenol or ASA as directed, and/or apply an ice pack to the injection site.

Joint Injections for Arthritis

What is a joint injection for arthritis?
If you have osteoarthritis, your doctor may choose to inject your arthritic joint with an anti-inflammatory medication called Depo-Medrol®. The injection you receive usually helps to temporarily reduce

What is Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is the anti-inflammatory medication that the doctor uses to inject your arthritic joint. Depo-Medrol® is a form of cortisone that has a strong and long- lasting anti-inflammatory response. This inflammatory response is what aids in reducing your pain. When injected into a joint Depo-Medrol® has no systemic effects, but rather only a local effect on the

Who is Depo-Medrol® for?
Because Depo-Medrol® only has temporary effects, it is particularly useful for patients who are suffering from a flare up of arthritis. Depo-Medrol® joint injections are only part of your arthritis treatment plan. Other treatments and medications should be discussed

What are some of the advantages of Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® reduces inflammation which is associated with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Because it is injected right into the affected joint it works quite quickly and has no gastrointestinal side effects.

Does OHIP Cover Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is not covered by OHIP, but the medication may be covered by

Are Depo-Medrol® injections painful?
There may be some mild and short-lasting discomfort during the actual procedure. Sometimes pain can persist for longer. If this is the case, take Tylenol or ASA as directed, and/or apply an ice pack to the injection site.

Viscosupplementation Program

What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a relatively new treatment in Canada for people with osteoarthritis of the knee (or other synovial joints). A clear gel-like substance (hyaluronic acid) is injected into the knee that helps the joint fluid regain its natural properties. This treatment may reduce pain and stiffness in the treated joints for easier, more comfortable movement.

What is Suplasyn®?
Suplasyn® is a highly purified form of hyaluronic acid developed for visco-supplementation therapy. Suplasyn® is naturally made from biological substances and developed according to specific standards (please see Suplasyn® brochure for additional information).

Who is a good candidate for Suplasyn®?
Suplasyn® therapy is particularly useful for patients in relatively early stages of osteoarthritis, where physical damage has not progressed very far. It can also be used as an alternative or supplement to therapy with NSAIDs or other medications that are commonly

What are some of the advantages of Suplasyn®?
Suplasyn® relieves pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. Yet, because it works only locally within the joint, it has none of the gastrointestinal side effects associated with NSAIDs or analgesics.

Does OHIP Cover Suplasyn®?
Suplasyn® is not covered by OHIP, but may be covered by your private insurance or extended health care plan.

Is Suplasyn Therapy Painful?
No. There may be some mild and short-lasting discomfort during the actual procedure, but Suplasyn® treatment is generally relatively painless.

Other things to consider:

  • Suplasyn® can be purchased from the orthopaedic clinic
  • Suplasyn® should be stored at room temperature
  • A Suplasyn® treatment consists of three syringes, each containing 2mls of Suplasyn®
  • The visits will be weekly for 3-4 weeks (depending on the first visit) with an injection each week
  • Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will give the injection of Suplasyn® at each visit
  • You will need to limit your activity for the first 24 hours after the injection
  • If necessary, apply ice for five minutes twice per hour
  • If you have any questions about your visit to the Orthopaedic Clinic, please call us. We will be happy to help you.

Neurodiagnostic Services

Neurodiagnostic Services provides a full range of neurodiagnostic tests that aid in diagnosing disease processes affecting the nervous system. At Trillium Health Partners - Queensway Health Centre, services include outpatient, adult and paediatric EEG. At Trillium Health Partners- Mississauga Hospital, services include adult and paediatric EEG, Evoked Potentials and Intra-operative monitoring

Rehabilitation Services

Day Hospital
Rehabilitation Day Hospital provides active, intensive, interdisciplinary assessment, consultation and treatment for adult patients who have complex rehabilitation needs. The Day Hospital's focus is on stroke, brain injury (traumatic and aneurysm), muskuloskeletal, and general complex rehabilitation patients.
The team is comprised of nursing, social work, therapeutic recreation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. The team assesses patients for admission into the program once goals for rehabilitation have been identified and discussion with the patient and family has taken place. The overall goals of the program are to facilitate a full transition to the community and to optimize function. While attending the Day Hospital, patients live in the community and travel to the hospital for an intensive program two times a week.

Neurology
The Outpatient Neurology program is the counterpart to the Day Hospital. Patients with neurological problems who need rehabilitation are cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and social workers. Communication, dysphagia assessment and management, aphasia group, and voice therapy services are offered.

Vestibular Lab
Trillium's Vestibular Lab provides testing to patients with problems of the vestibular system such as imbalance and dizziness.

Spine Centre

Kingsway Financial Spine Centre
We are dedicated to excellence in spine care. Our aim is to give early assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to individuals suffering from spine disorders that have lasted less than 6 months ("acute" disorders).
We treat many conditions, including:

  • Stable spinal fractures
  • Post operative back pain
  • Mechanical back pain (lasting less then 6 months)
  • Identified disc pathology (i.e. disc herniation, disc bulge)
  • Back pain that is not yet diagnosed (lasting less then 6 months)

We see patients by referral only. Please go to "Coming to the Spine Centre" page for referral information, or click here to download our referral form.

Patient Experience
96 per cent of patients surveyed rated our quality of care as "very good to excellent".
Relieving the Pain
Back pain takes a toll on a person's physical and emotional well being. It is the most common cause of disability in people under the age of 45. Trillium Health Centre opened the Kingsway Financial Spine Centre in May 2005 to help patients' physical and emotional recovery through evidence-based practice.
A First for Canada
Our state-of-the-art, 9000 square foot space is the first facility of its kind in Canada. We have is the only program in Canada where orthopaedic and neurosurgeons work together, along with a dedicated rehabilitation team.
Faster Treatment
Designated, in-house slots for the Centre's patients help to reduce wait times for MRIs, CT Scans and X-rays, speeding diagnosis and treatment.
Award Winning Spine Care
Trillium Health Centre was awarded the 3M Health Care Quality Team Award for providing excellence in spine care across the continuum, including the work of the Spine Centre.
Educating Our Community
It's better to prevent spine injuries before they happen. We have an area dedicated to back care education, the prevention of spine and back disorders, and wellness for you and your family.
In 2008, we held our first community education evening. These sessions help the general public learn about back pain and how to obtain the necessary treatment.
Annual Symposium
In an effort to promote learning and innovation in spine care, the Spine Centre hosts a Spine Symposium annually for health care professionals.
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Contact and Location:
Staff can be reached via phone, fax or in person:
Phone: (416) 521-4141
Fax: (416) 521-4140
Address: 3rd Floor- 150 Sherway Drive, Toronto ON, M9C 1A5
Coming to the Spine Centre
Any adult who meets our referral criteria (below) can access the Spine Centre.

Referral Criteria:

  • Adult (18 years and older)
  • Stable spinal fractures
  • Acute spine issue (i.e. disc herniation, mechanical neck/back pain)
  • Back and neck pain for no more than 6 months
  • Symptoms present for no more than 6 months

We treat acute spinal conditions – that is, conditions that have lasted less then 6 months.

We Do Not Treat:

  • Longstanding spinal issues lasting more than 6 months
  • Prior involvement in a chronic pain program

Who Can Refer You
A referral can be made by completing a referral form by your family physician, and returned via fax at (416) 521-4140
Click here to download a referral form (PDF)

Once we receive your referral:

  • Your referral is screened for appropriateness. If your referral is inappropriate we will tell your referring physician.
  • Referrals are triaged (prioritized) according to urgency. Urgent cases are seen promptly.
  • We will schedule an appointment with the most appropriate consultant, based on the information provided on your referral form.

Please note: Completed diagnostic imaging must be provided in order to set-up a consultation with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon.

Referral Form:
http://www.trilliumhealthcentre.org/programs_services/neurosciences_musculoskeletal_services/mississauga/spineCentre/documents/Referral-Form-Kingsway-Financial-Spine-Centre.pdf

Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
Using the information you provide on the referral form, we schedule an appointment for you with the most appropriate consultant.
Our team includes:

  • Family physicians with a spine specialty
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Neurologist
  • Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
  • Advanced Practice Chiropractor
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Chiropractor (fee)
  • Massage therapist (fee)

You will be advised as to what the best course of treatment may be; this may be surgery, participation in a rehabilitation program or referred back to the care of your family doctor.
Please note: You must provide completed diagnostic imaging to set-up a consultation with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon.
The physician may also consult an anaesthetist to explore pain control and a neurointerventional radiologist for vertebroplasty procedures.

Rehabilitation
Our team offers the following programs and services:

  • Individualized and group therapy exercise programs
  • Core stability classes
  • Education sessions
  • Psychological support for emotional, behavioural and cognitive issues
  • Strategies for challenges in activities of daily living
  • Work conditioning
  • Post Partum Health for Backs (fee payable)
  • Golf Conditioning for Backs (fee payable)
  • Functional Abilities Evaluations (fee payable)
  • Kinesiologist support in transitioning exercise program to community

Only a Spine Centre physician can refer you to our rehabilitation program.

Rehabilitation Assessment
Our highly trained physiotherapists complete an individualized assessment using a mechanical diagnosis approach. Treatment will be based on best practices for your condition.

Rehabilitation Programs
Rehabilitation programs can be up to a maximum of 12 weeks in length, with rechecks at 4 week intervals. The program is focused on a self management approach and includes mandatory education sessions. Group exercise classes will focus on core stability, with one-on-on sessions as needed.

Referrals for rehabilitation services from physicians outside the Spine Centre are not accepted.

Hours, Location and Contact Information

Hours of Operation 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
You can contact our staff by phone, fax or in person:
Phone: (416) 521-4141
Fax: (416) 521-4140
Address: 3rd Floor- 150 Sherway Drive, Toronto ON, M9C 1A5

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know if I am an appropriate candidate for the Spine Centre?
Our program is set-up to treat spinal conditions that have lasted 6 months, in other words it is an 'acute' condition. If you have had a neck or back issue that is less than 6 months in duration you may be eligible to be seen at the Spine Centre. Please refer to the referral criteria on our Coming to the Spine Centre page for details. If your spine issues have lasted more than 6 months the Spine Centre program is not best suited to your needs.

How can I be seen at the Spine Centre?
You will need to complete a referral form. This can be completed by your family physician. Once competed ensure that all diagnostic imaging is attached (i.e. MRI and CT) and send this in via fax at (416)521-4140 or mail it in to:
Spine Centre
Trillium Health Partners - Queensway Health Centre
150 Sherway Drive, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M9C 1A5

How long does it take to be seen at the Spine Centre?
Once your referral is received, it will be determined if you are an appropriate candidate. Please refer to the referral criteria. The Spine Centre is a popular destination for spine care in Central Ontario, and because of this our wait times are quite significant. Referrals are triaged for urgency, and serious cases are seen promptly.

Which medical specialist will I be seen by at the Spine Centre?
Upon receiving a completed referral form, it will be first determined if you are an appropriate candidate for the Spine Centre. If you are an appropriate candidate the information on your referral form will be used to establish which consultant an appointment will be arranged with.

Can I access physiotherapy services?
Referrals to rehabilitation and physiotherapy services can only be made by Spine Centre physicians. In order to access rehabilitation services you must be seen by a Spine Centre physician who will determine if you are need of rehabilitation.

Stroke Treatment/Prevention

Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital

Stroke is a medical emergency. Chances of surviving a stroke and achieving full recovery are significantly higher if medical help is sought right away. As a regional stroke centre, Mississauga Hospital's Emergency Centre has staff skilled in identifying and treating stroke patients. If a patient arrives at Trillium's Urgent Care Centre in its Queensway Health Centre facility showing signs of a stroke or stroke-like symptoms, s/he is transferred immediately to Mississauga Hospital's Emergency Centre.

Stroke patients needing admission to hospital are cared for in the Comprehensive Stroke Unit at Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital.

Comprehensive Stroke Unit
Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital
Trillium's Comprehensive Stroke Unit (CSU) is a 20-bed unit comprised of 12 acute beds and eight rehabilitation beds. The CSU provides tertiary-level adult stroke care serving the West GTA region. Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital is one of the top hospitals in Canada for delivering t-PA to acute stroke patients. We have four neurologists who specialize in stroke care as well as an experienced inter-professional stroke team that delivers best practice care. Patients receive acute and rehabilitation care all in one unit eliminating the need to change beds or health care teams.

Regional Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic
The Regional Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic at Mississauga Hospital provides quick assessment and access to diagnostic services and treatment for patients at high risk of suffering a stroke. The clinic was developed in conjunction with Trillium's role as the Regional Stroke Centre for the West GTA Stroke Network. The clinic aims to reduce the incidence of stroke through:

  • Early assessment and treatment,
  • Patient and health care provider education on stroke prevention
  • Support and risk factor screening for spouses and family members of stroke patients
  • Medical care and lifestyle changes.

Clinic Hours Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A referral to the Stroke Prevention Clinic from a Trillium Emergency Physician is required.

West GTA Stroke Network:
http://www.westgtastroke.ca/