New approach increases shoulder care for common injuries in Durham Region

Physicians, nurses and health professionals from across Durham Region gathered at Ajax Pickering Hospital to learn about an innovative model that is shortening wait times and improving care for people suffering from common shoulder injuries and conditions. The model provides the best patient experience through partnerships between community providers and The Shoulder Centre’s clinical team based at Ajax Pickering Hospital.

“Durham Region is one of Ontario’s fastest growing communities and strong partnerships between Lakeridge Health specialists and physicians and other providers in the community are the key to meeting increasing health care needs,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO. “This is an outstanding example of an innovative model that is transforming care in Durham Region.”

The educational event highlighted how the innovative model is helping people receive quicker access to specialized surgical and non-surgical shoulder treatments, close to home. Shoulder conditions such as arthritis, rotator cuff and frozen shoulder cause significant disability, while shoulder pain is among the most common complaints Ontario patients present to their primary care practitioners.

So far, over 100 physicians across Durham Region have partnered with The Shoulder Centre. The event was part of a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care project to increase access to vital services in Durham Region.

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