Patient Education Resources

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – OrthoInfo
OrthoInfo is the patient education website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The site provides patients and their families with convenient, online access to more than 500 easy-to-understand articles and videos on orthopaedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and healthy living.

FootEducation is committed to helping the world learn about foot and ankle problems. Our written and visual content is designed to provide a clear description of foot and ankle conditions and their associated treatments. Our editors are all orthopedic surgeons who specialize in foot and ankle care.

Foot Health Facts
Foot Health Facts is a source of reliable information on foot and ankle conditions. All content has been developed as a public service by the ACFAS Consumer Education Committee, representing a wide array of expertise in foot and ankle care.

RheumInfo provides the most accurate and reliable information on arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the medications that treat them.

UpToDate – Patient Information
UpToDate provides more than 1,500 patient education topics, that facilitate clinician-patient communication. These materials educate and promote shared decision-making based on medical evidence, clinical recommendations, and patient preference. Engaging patients in their medical care and treatment decisions often reduces costs and leads to better outcomes.

Anatomy Zone
Top quality anatomy videos, all for free. AnatomyZone was founded on the idea that anatomy should be interactive, 3 dimensional and fun! We are driven by the vision of providing the best anatomy resource on the internet and ensuring that it is always free for everyone.

Orthopaedic Surgery Articles
Medscape is the leading online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offering the latest medical news and expert perspectives; essential point-of-care drug and disease information; and relevant professional education and CME.

Patient Health Information
Patient empowers everyone to take charge of their health. Our trusted clinical information, written and reviewed by an extensive network of doctors and healthcare professionals, helps people to feel better and live longer.

The mission of OrthoGate is to improve orthopedic care, education and research using Internet technologies. We facilitate access to orthopedic information for professionals and patients using the Internet and strive to improve the quality of orthopedic information and musculoskeletal health on the Internet by providing a gateway.

OrthoIllustrated is an online educational resource for patients who want to learn about minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries and sports medicine. The website features high-quality animations of various injuries and surgical techniques and acts as an informative visual resource for surgeons to share with their patients.

Video Journal of Orthopaedics
The Video Journal of Orthopaedics puts you in the operating room with noted surgeons from around the world. You’ll discover ways to use new technology, new techniques and expand your field of knowledge. And unlike simply reading about new ideas, the VJO lets you experience the latest techniques first hand through high-quality, professionally edited digital video. Original peer-reviewed videos examine established surgical techniques, as well as introduce informative and innovative methods valuable to the orthopaedic surgeon.

Radiology Information
RadiologyInfo tells you how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains over 245 procedure, exam and disease descriptions covering diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiation safety and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the RadiologyInfo website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from RSNA and the ACR, as well as other professional radiology organizations.

Health Professional Resources

OrthoEvidence is the global online source for high quality and timely orthopaedic-only evidence-based summaries, pre-appraised by orthopaedic medical experts. OrthoEvidence is the first of its kind, an orthopaedic-focused evidence-based summary provider; built for the orthopaedic community by orthopaedic experts. OrthoEvidence was created with the inspiration to provide critical information access to orthopaedic healthcare providers and their patients everywhere.

VuMedi’s mission is to help clinicians make optimal patient care decisions through comprehensive video education from a variety of trustworthy institutions and practitioners

AAOS – OrthoGuidelines
OrthoGuidelines is an online information resource providing up-to-date treatment guidelines to orthopaedic surgeons and professionals.

Orthopaedic Trauma Association – Online Education
The mission of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) is to promote excellence in care for the injured patient, through provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the public.

AO Surgery Reference
The focus of the AO Institutes is on producing new concepts for improved fracture care, delivering evidence-based decision making, guaranteeing rigorous concept and product approval as well as timely and comprehensive dissemination of knowledge and expertise.

Foot Innovate
Our goal is to help physicians and healthcare professionals deepen their clinical knowledge, gain insight into medical options, and stay current on medical and scientific research and findings, patient care and the latest treatments.

Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopaedics
An Orthopaedics Textbook presented by Duke University Medical Center’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, is a true head to toe, comprehensive discussion of orthopaedic topics.

Ortho Bullets
Orthobullets is an educational resource for orthopaedic surgeons designed to improve through the communal efforts of those who use it as a learning resource. It is a simple but powerful concept.

Orthopaedic Scores
The Free Information and Calculation Service, Designed for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Physicians, Physical Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Patients.

Health Measures (PROMIS)
PROMIS (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) is a set of person-centered measures that evaluates and monitors physical, mental, and social health in adults and children. It can be used with the general population and with individuals living with chronic conditions.

Centre for Effective Practice
Your comprehensive database of trusted clinical tools and resources. Created for providers, by providers

Health Professional Organizations

Local Resources

OHIP Covered Physiotherapy Clinics
The following list of publicly funded clinics is divided in areas of the province represented by Local Health Integration Networks

Health Care Connect – Find a Family Doctor
How to find a family doctor, nurse practitioner or specialist and details about the Health Care Connect program.

Health Care Ontario
Get help navigating Ontario’s health care system and connecting with the programs or services you’re looking for.

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant – Health Services
Over 3,000 service listings describe organizations and programs serving people who live in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand Norfolk, Brantford and Burlington. Users can choose to receive local information first or search the entire Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant region.

Private Imaging Resources

MedCentra’s MRI services were established exclusively for organizations in the medical, legal, corporate, WSIB, insurance, and research communities that often require MRI exams for their patients, clients or employees immediately.

Axxess Imaging
Axxess Imaging has access to the top technologies available in Ontario hospitals today providing medical diagnostic imaging and radiological reports with one week or less. MRI, CT Scan, and Computed Tomography Angiography.

Buffalo MRI
Buffalo MRI is proud to offer our Canadian Neighbors an opportunity to expedite their health care. Hundreds of Canadians trust Buffalo MRI with their imaging needs every month. MRI and CT Scan.

Patient Education Organizations

Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society is a national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.

Diabetes Canada
Diabetes Canada is committed to partnering with Canadians to End Diabetes through: Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes, Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces, Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure

Heart and Stroke Canada
Heart & Stroke is a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%. We empower Canadians to live healthier lives — from preventing and controlling high blood pressure to getting more physical activity. And we fight for change that will create better health for all, such as reducing salt in the food supply and improving access to stroke rehabilitation.

Canadian Pain Society
To foster and encourage research on pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together the basic scientists and health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have an interest in pain research and management.

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation raises money through public donations and invests those funds in programs to advance orthopaedic research, promote patient and public education, and improve community care.

Osteoporosis Canada
Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.

Cancer Care Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario is the Ontario government’s principal cancer advisor and a division of CCO. We equip health professionals, organizations and policy-makers with the most up-to-date cancer knowledge and tools to prevent cancer and deliver high-quality patient care.

Hypertension Canada
Hypertension Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and control of hypertension and its complications.

EatRight Ontario
The content on focuses on healthy eating through the lifecycle (from infants to seniors) as well as chronic disease prevention. Popular content includes diabetes, infant feeding, digestive concerns, weight management and heart disease. There are also useful resources on cooking, shopping, meal planning, picky eating and more.

Creating a safer Canada by preventing serious and fatal injuries through evidence-based solutions that advocate and educate.

About Kids Health
AboutKidsHealth is a health education resource for children, youth and caregivers that is approved by health-care providers at The Hospital for Sick Children. AboutKidsHealth empowers families to become a partner in their own health care by equipping them with reliable, evidence-based health information. It makes complex health information easy to understand for families, and makes it immediately available whenever and wherever they have questions about child health regardless of where they are in Canada or the world.

Mayo Clinic
World renown resource for medical conditions, treatments and patient advocacy for optimal outcomes.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association – PhsyioCanHelp
Excellent resource to patients on how physio can help and where to get this help.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology with the potential to transform the treatment of many medical disorders by using ultrasonic energy to target tissue deep in the body without incisions or radiation.