Hip & Knee

About Us

A couple stands with a shovelOne of the main reasons that people have hip or knee pain is from osteoarthritis or "wear and tear" of their joints. The MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program provides adults with moderate to severe hip or knee osteoarthritis with an assessment to determine if they may need joint replacement surgery.

Central Intake

MSK CIAC is the one point of contact for referrals for adults with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of their hip or knee.
Our region is part of Ontario Health (West) and includes Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Burlington and Brant Region. 


Assessments take place in MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Assessment Centres. The MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Program has four Assessment Centres located at hospitals in Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington and Niagara. Patients will be booked for an assessment at a location within the region they live. The location may be the one closest to their home, a choosen preferred location, or the assessment centre with the first available appointment.


All patients must be referred to the MSK CIAC program by a physican or primary care provider. Referring providers are to use the standardized MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Referral Form when referring patients. 

Download a PDF copy of the MSK CIAC Hip and Knee Referral Form.

Download a PDF copy of the MSK CIAC Patient Guide

All referrals are triaged based on the severity/acuity of the patient's condition.  The team will contact patients to setup a consultation with an Advanced Practice Provider (Physiotherapist) with specialized training in hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Brant Community Health System, Brantford General Hospital

Hamilton Health Sciences, Juravinski Hospital

Joseph Brant Hospital

Niagara Health, Greater Niagara General Hospital

Niagara Health, St. Catharines Hospital

Niagara Health, Welland General Hospital

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Patients are fully covered by OHIP

Niagara Health logo Hamilton Health Sciences logo Brant Community Healthcare System logo St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton logo Joseph Brant Hospital logo

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