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The Team

View Profile Dr. Christopher Johnston M.D., C.C.F.P., M.Sc., Dip. Sport Med. Musculoskeletal Consultant

Dr. Christopher Johnston

M.D., C.C.F.P., M.Sc., Dip. Sport Med. Musculoskeletal Consultant

Dr. Christopher Johnston is a C.C.F.P. certified family physician and has completed a two year Sport Medicine Fellowship and M.Sc. degree in Human Kinetics from the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia. He has a Diploma in Sport Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnston was involved in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as a venue supervisor at the Cypress site, where Canada won six medals (six Gold and two Silver) in 12 events.

In a literature review and survey of family physicians, 14-28% of North American patients presenting to a family physician have a “chief symptom directly related to the musculoskeletal system”. In a UK based study, patients with a musculoskeletal problem referred by their family physician to an orthopedic surgeon waited on average six months and were treated surgically in 20% of cases.

In these times of long waiting lists and shortages of specialists, patients with musculoskeletal conditions can be seen quickly by a specialist like Dr. Johnston.  Dr. Johnston is able to treat musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages including children, adults, workers, and older individuals with aches and pains, as well as athletes and non-athletes.

He is able to:

  1. Make an accurate diagnosis using further investigations, including MRI, as needed.
  2. Review all the treatment options with a patient, including the need for surgical referral and to coordinate their comprehensive treatment plan.
  3. Provide close follow-up on the outcome of a patient’s selected treatment options and review all investigations.

His close follow-up of patients will contribute to their speedy recovery. Patients are referred by their family physician and a consult letter following the initial visit is sent to the referring physician. The referring physician will also receive a copy of all test results from the radiology and laboratory departments.

Located in the same space as Arthritis & Injury Care Centre and Citadel Physiotherapy, patients have a “one-stop” option for management of all their musculoskeletal conditions (using physiotherapy, massage therapy, bracing, compression, orthotics, and oral or injectable medications).

Referrals from a family physician can be faxed to (902) 442-5625.  If there are any questions regarding our services, please call (902) 407-8927 or email [email protected] We welcome your comments and feedback as we strive to provide high-quality care for patients.

View Profile Dr. Jacquelyn Corkum M.D., C.C.F.P. (S.E.M.), Dip. Sport Med. Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Jacquelyn Corkum

M.D., C.C.F.P. (S.E.M.), Dip. Sport Med. Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Jacquelyn Corkum is a family physician who completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Diploma in Sports Medicine awarded by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Dr. Corkum specializes in the assessment and treatment of acute and overuse injuries (e.g. sprains, strains, fractures, tendinopathies) of the extremities, as well as chronic musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis). She will see athletes and non-athletes, patients with work related ailments and individuals of all ages, including children.

As a primary care musculoskeletal consultant, she will diagnose patients and create an individualized treatment plan, monitoring their progress and referring to a specialist if indicated. She will optimize non-surgical management as approximately 90% of sports injuries can be treated non-operatively.

Dr. Corkum works with a wide range of professional, elite and amateur athletes. She travels internationally as a team physician with Canada Basketball and is the team doctor for the Halifax Hurricanes (of the National Basketball League of Canada). She was the Chief Medical Officer for the U Sports Final 8 men’s national basketball championships in 2018 and 2019. She provided coverage for the 2019 Memorial Cup that the Halifax Mooseheads hosted. She is also the lead physician with Halifax Road Hammers running group, Basketball Nova Scotia, Mount St Vincent University and University of Kings College Varsity Athletics. She was also on the 2018 Arctic Winter Games medial team in the Northwest Territories. In her fellowship training she provided coverage for organizations such as Toronto Football Club (professional soccer team), Toronto Rock (professional lacrosse team), Roger’s Cup Toronto (professional tennis tournament), National Ballet of Canada, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships, and Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach World Tour Finals.

Jacquelyn is from Halifax. She played Varsity Basketball while completing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at St. Francis Xavier University. She then attended Dalhousie University for both medical school and her family medicine residency.

Dr. Corkum is an avid triathlete. She will be representing Team Canada in the Olympic distance tri event at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has also completed two Ironman 70.3 races and is currently training for her first Ironman 140.6. She also plays in a local women’s basketball league.

She loves coming to work every day in her collaborative practice at Arthritis & Injury Care with physiotherapy, massage therapy, bracing, pedorthic care and orthopedic specialists. Referrals from a family physician can be faxed to (902) 442-5625. There will be appointments available for acute injuries so please indicate on the referral or call the clinic if you would like your patient seen on an urgent basis.

If there are any questions regarding our services, please call (902) 407-8927 or email [email protected] We welcome your comments and feedback as we strive to provide high quality care for patients.

View Profile Dr. David Amirault M.D. F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant

Dr. David Amirault

M.D. F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant

Dr. David Amirault retired from surgical practice in July of 2017 and began a part-time practice as an Orthopedic Consultant at the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in Halifax as of September 2017.  The scope of his practice at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre will involve assessments of all general orthopedic problems except spinal issues.  Evaluation and non-surgical management as well as joint injections will be the thrust of the clinic with referrals to a surgeon when appropriate.

Dr. David Amirault completed his medical training at Dalhousie University School of Medicine in 1976 and completed specialty training in Orthopedic Surgery in 1984.  He completed a fellowship at the University of Toronto in Adult Knee Reconstruction Surgery and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1986.  Dr. Amirault is a Professor of Surgery and was the previous Chief of Surgery Camp Medical Centre as well as the Chief of Surgery at the Halifax Infirmary from 1997-2003.  He was appointed Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Dalhousie University and Capital District Health Authority at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in 2005.

His areas of interest include osteotomy and joint replacement about the hip and knee as well as arthroscopy of the hip.  His research interests include collaborative research utilizing RSA technology for hip and knee replacement as well as joint replacement in the foot.  He is a member of the Canadian Orthopedic Association as well as the International Society of Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery.

Please fax all referrals to (902) 442-5625.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at (902) 407-8927.

View Profile Dr. Edward Abraham B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant

Dr. Edward Abraham

B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant

Dr. Edward Abraham began accepting referrals to his orthopedic practice at Arthritis and Injury Care Centre where he will primarily seeing patients for conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip, extremities, and spine.  His specialty is for conditions of the spine.

Dr. Abraham is a Dalhousie Graduate, and Spine Fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon who has been practicing in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1988.  He is an active member of the Canadian Spine Society (2000) and a past president.  He is also a member of the North American Spine Society (1991), Canadian Orthopaedic Association (1988), AAOS, APOS, AO Spine, to name a few organizations.  He has chaired a Motion Sparing Technology Canadian Spine focus group for 11 years.  He has an extensive spine surgery practice encompassing adults and children with degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, congenital and deformity conditions for the spine.  He has been involved with spinal implant design teams and evaluations.

As an orthopedic surgeon working at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre he is able to diagnose patients and create an individualized treatment plan using a collaborative approach including bracing, orthotics, injection therapy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and podiatry. He will optimize non-surgical management and refer to a specialist if indicated.

He is working at the Downtown Halifax location.  Once a referral is received all patients will be contacted directly and offered an appointment time.

Please fax any referrals to (902) 442-5625.  If you have any questions, please contact the clinic at (902) 407-8927.

View Profile Andy Hoar Certified Pedorthist

Andy Hoar

Certified Pedorthist

Andy Hoar is a sixth generation custom shoe maker and is now offering his services from the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre. His family has been providing custom made footwear and foot appliances in Halifax since 1842.  After graduating from George Brown College in Toronto in 1983 with a diploma in Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology.   Andy then went on to complete his training as a Prosthetic Technician in 1985.

He then began his internship under his father in Pedorthics culminating in his receiving his certification as a Pedorthist in 1988 through the American Board for Certification (New York).  Andy then received his Canadian Certification as a Pedorthist in 2006.

As the senior Pedorthist at the NS Rehabilitation Centre Andy spent many years assisting in the training of Physicians as well as many other clinicians affiliated with Dalhousie University  (Physio, OT, Orthotists, Prosthetists).  In 2001 Andy joined the Multidisciplinary Leg Ulcer Clinic at the Halifax Infirmary specializing in neuropathic foot conditions. Working with Infectious Disease, Orthopedic, Vascular and Plastic surgeons.

As a faculty member of the Canadian Wound Care Association Andy spent 5 years as an instructor for The Institute of Wound Management and Prevention lecturing on wound prevention and treatment of neuropathic feet.

Andy Co-Authored the Best Practice Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Update (2010) Wound Care Canada; Volume 8 (4): 6-40

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The Arthritis & Injury Care Centre is a privately owned orthopedic company with six clinic locations and over 25 certified specialists Atlantic Canada. We are committed to providing timely health care consultations, quality orthopedic products, and services to assist your patients’ mobility needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do patients need a medical referral/prescription?

    Do patients need a medical referral/prescription?

    A medical referral/prescription is not needed to see a Brace Specialist, Pedorthist, Podiatrist, or Dietitian. However, most insurance companies require a medical referral/prescription in order to reimburse for services and/or products purchased. We will work with patients to collect all insurance information needed.

    If a patient needs to see one of our Orthopedic Consultants then a medical referral would be required by a physician. This allows for them to see the appropriate specialist at the appropriate time, which can also help to reduce wait times.

  • Do patients need an appointment?

    Do patients need an appointment?

    An appointment is not required. An appointment will guarantee that patients are seen at the time scheduled but we understand that circumstances do not always allow for this and we will make sure we accommodate all our customers and patients.

  • Does provincial health care (MSI/Medicare) cover the costs at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre?

    Does provincial health care (MSI/Medicare) cover the costs at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre?

    We are a private company whose services are not covered by MSI or Medicare. Part or complete service and/or product costs are often covered under most insurance plans. At the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre we will help to obtain all coverage information for the patient and will bill directly any companies that allow it. This includes private insurance companies, Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB), Community Services, and more

    Appointments with our Orthopedic Consultants ARE covered by MSI/Medicare.

  • How do patients know if private insurance will cover the service and/or products?

    How do patients know if private insurance will cover the service and/or products?

    As a service to eliminate any confusion, the Arthritis and Injury Care Centre offers to contact the patient’s private insurance company, to find out all specific insurance coverage details on their behalf.

    If estimates are required by an insurance company, to determine coverage, an estimate will be sent at no charge.

    The Arthritis and Injury Care Centre will bill directly all insurance companies and policies that allow for this service. We will walk patients all the way through this process either way.

  • Is there a warranty on purchased products?

    Is there a warranty on purchased products?

    Yes most products do have a warranty – for more details on all our product warranties please contact us.

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Common Treatments

  • Nail Care / Foot Care

    Podiatrists perform professional nail care using sterilized stainless steel instruments. If you have unsightly nails, thickened nails, ingrown nails, fungal nails, or if you are diabetic, Podiatrist will provide safe and effective treatment for every patient. Podiatrists also safely debride and remove callous, corns, crack heels, heel fissures, etc.

  • Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis is the most common foot pathology seen where patients experience pain in the medial arch and heel area. Hallmark signs and symptoms include pain when getting out of bed in the morning, and towards the end of the day as they have been on their feet during the day. Also palpating the medial heel tubercle and along the plantar fascia ligament will elicit pain.

    Our Podiatrist uses a four step approach when treating these patients: 1. Proper footwear 2. Daily stretching, strengthening, massage, and icing exercises. 3. Foot Manipulation and Mobilization Therapy 4. Custom Foot Orthotics for long term biomechanical support. In chronic and difficult cases, corticosteroid injections and shockwave therapy can be used as well.

  • Custom Orthotics

    Every orthotic is tailored to each patient’s specific needs, lifestyle, and condition. We offer custom orthotics for all ages from children to seniors.

    When assessing a patient for custom orthotics, we perform a full biomechanical examination which includes: non-weight bearing and weight bearing evaluation, gait analysis, footwear assessment, range of motion assessment, muscle, vascular, and neurological assessment. We take negative molds of the patient’s feet using various techniques including: plaster casting, STS sock casting, foam box impressions, and the latest 3D laser foot scanners.

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