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Acute Knee Injury Clinic (AKIC)

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What We Do

The Acute Knee Injury Clinic provides direct access primary care, delivered at a specialist level. 

  • The Acute Knee Injury Clinic (AKIC) is a free knee clinic for acute knee injuries.
  • Patients do not require a referral. Patients (or legal guardian) must fill out the forms on their own behalf.
  • The clinic is only for patients who have injured their knee in the last six weeks.  This clinic is not for chronic knee problems. 
  • AKIC sees patients who are over the age of 14. AKIC does not see motor vehicle accidents. AKIC does not see WCB patients.
  • Complete the online screening and diagnostic tool to see if you are eligible for this clinic.
  • If you are unable to access the online patient form please email akic@ucalgary.ca or call the Acute Knee Injury Clinic: 403-220-4687.  Click here to read more.

Your First Appointment

  • You will first be seen by a Non-Physician Expert (NPE) and then the supervising Sport Medicine Physician.  In collaboration with the Sport Medicine Physician, the NPE will provide a management plan for your injury.
  • The AKIC is not a therapeutic clinic – if therapy (physio or athletic therapy) is required a referral will be provided.
  • Anticipate that your first appointment will take 60-90 minutes.

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Meet Our Team

Meryl Wheeler BKin, CAT(C)

Meryl is a Certified Athletic Therapist.  She completed her undergraduate Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary with a Diploma of Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education (Med) through the University of Calgary.  In addition to this, she underwent training as a Non-Physician Expert (NPE) at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre.  Meryl also teaches at Mount Royal University in the Athletic Therapy and Personal Fitness Trainer certificate programs at Mount Royal University.

Victoria (Tori) Thome, BKin, CAT(C)

Tori is a Certified Athletic Therapist.  She completed her undergraduate Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary with a Diploma of Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University.  In addition to this, she underwent training as a Non-Physician Expert (NPE) at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre.  Tori also works with the Calgary Colts Junior Football Team and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team.

Jodi Toews Bkin CAT (C)

Jodi is a Certified Athletic Therapist.  She completed her undergraduate Kinesiology degree with a specialization in Athletic Therapy at the University of Manitoba.  In addition to this, she underwent training as a Non-Physician Expert (NPE) at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre.  Jodi also works as a strength coach at Revolution Human Performance.

Making an Appointment

  • After you have been confirmed as eligible, click on "Continue as a Patient"  and follow the instructions to fill out the online questionnaires. These questionnaires will determine your eligibility for the AKIC.
  • Following this screening you will be emailed with information regarding an appointment date and time.
  • A notice of cancellation or re-scheduling of an appointment is required 24 hours prior to your appointment.  A cancellation fee may be applied if a notice of cancellation or re-scheduling is not made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.
  • Questions?  Call 403-220-4687 or email us at akic@ucalgary.ca

Fee for Service

  • There are currently no fees associated with being a patient of the Acute Knee Injury Clinic.  All services provided are covered by Alberta Health Services.  You must present your Alberta Healthcare Card at the time of your first appointment.
  • The management of your knee injury may require rehabilitation or bracing.  These costs are not covered by Alberta Health Services, however your personal insurance may provide reimbursement for these fees.  Please check with your health insurance provider for coverage.
  • Public funding is being sought to assist in the operation of the Acute Knee Injury Clinic.  If public funding is unavailable, a fee for service will likely be implemented. These changes will be reflected on the Acute Knee Injury Clinic website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

 No, the AKIC does not require a referral.

How do I know if I have an ‘acute' knee injury?

  • The AKIC has defined an acute knee injury as follows:
  • A traumatic event that has resulted in a problem with your knee
  • This injury has occurred within the past six weeks

What if I need to cancel or re-schedule my appointment?

  • A notice of cancellation or re-scheduling of an appointment is required 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • A cancellation fee will apply if a notice of cancellation or re-scheduling is not made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.
  • New and existing patients may reschedule their appointment by logging in to their profile and selecting “MOVE APPOINTMENT” – if unable to move appointment online please call 403 -220-4687

When will I know if I am eligible to come to the AKIC?

  • Your eligibility will be confirmed once you have completed the online questionnaires.  If eligible, you will be contacted with information regarding an appointment date & time within 2-5 business days.
  • For a WCB related injury, please contact the WCB for an accredited provider.

What if my knee injury requires time off of work or school?

  • The AKIC will be able to provide information for work or school if your injury requires time off or modifications to duties are suggested.
  • It will be provided to you upon request on your initial visit to the AKIC.

What if my family physician would like information regarding my knee injury?

  • The AKIC will be able to provide information to your family physician regarding your injury and its management.
  • It will be provided to you upon request on your initial visit to the AKIC.

Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?

Yes, please bring the following:

  • Alberta Healthcare Card
  • Any OUT OF PROVINCE tests you have completed (ie. X-ray or MRI)
  • A pair of shorts

Will I need a follow-up appointment?

  • Depending on your injury, you may need one or more follow-up appointments.  This will be discussed with you during your first appointment.

What if I need an X-ray or other tests?

  • The NPE and the Sport Medicine Physician will determine if an X-ray or other diagnostic tests are required for your injury.  If these tests are warranted, they will be arranged for you.
  • X-rays can be taken on-site.
  • There is no cost to have an X-ray or other tests completed.

What if I need an MRI?

  • The NPE and the Sport Medicine Physician will determine if an MRI is required for your injury. This decision is based on very clear evidence-based standards. If an MRI for your injury is warranted, one will be ordered for you.
  • You do not require an MRI to be a patient of the AKIC.
  • There is no cost to have an MRI completed through Alberta Health Care Services

What if I've had X-rays, an MRI or other tests already done?

  • If you had tests done in Alberta you DO NOT need to bring them with you to your first appointment. They can be accessed electronically.
  • For tests done OUT OF PROVINCE please bring a disc of your test(s) with you to your first appointment.
  • To obtain a copy of your test(s), contact the facility where you had your test(s) completed.
  • If you are not able to obtain a copy of your tests, please contact the facility and request that they forward a copy to:

University of Calgary, Sport Medicine Centre
376 Collegiate Blvd.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Attention: Acute Knee Injury Clinic

What if my injury needs surgery?

  • The AKIC is NOT a surgical consultation.
  • If your injury requires referral to a surgeon, one will be made for you.
  • Our goal is to cut down wait times for the primary care of your knee injury; however, the AKIC has no control over surgical consultations and/or surgical wait lists.