Musculoskeletal Central Intake and Assessment Centre for
Hip & Knee and Low Back Pain

A patient meeting with consultant

The Musculoskeletal Central Intake and Assessment Centre (MSK CIAC) will provide you with a timely assessment of your hip, knee or low back pain condition. Patient appointments are being completed either in person or virtually by telephone.

Central Intake

The MSK CIAC is one point of contact for hip, knee and low back pain referrals in Ontario Health (West) and includes Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Burlington and Brant Region. We see adults with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of their hip or knee, and adults with low back pain.


Primary Care Providers can refer patients to MSK CIAC using the standardized hip and knee, and low back pain referral forms.


Patients are assessed by an Advanced Practice Provider (Physiotherapist or Chiropractor) with specialized skills and training. The Advanced Practice Provider will discuss treatment options with you and come up with a personal plan that is right for you. This helps to reduce the time it takes to see a specialist, begin treatment, and if necessary, have surgery.
Patients are fully covered by OHIP.

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This program is part of Ontario Health (West) Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Burlington, Brant Region.