• Physiotherapy

Inpatient Physiotherapy

The Manitoulin Health Centre Physiotherapy Department takes a patient-centered, senior friendly approach in the provision of inpatient care. As many of our inpatients are seniors over the age of 65, the Physiotherapy Department’s role is to ensure that these patients are assessed and provided with an opportunity to remain active and mobile during their admission. Upon discharge, the Physiotherapy staff also assess the patient’s homecare needs. This ensures a smooth transition home, with greater success.


Out-patient Physiotherapy


The Physiotherapy Department offers outpatient services  for patients convalescing post-operatively after a joint replacement or shoulder surgery and for patients suffering from a fracture or dislocation.


For your appointment, please bring:


  • Health card
  • Loose fitting clothing
  • Indoor shoes
  • List of medications


Hours of Operation


Little Current

Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Cardiac Rehabilitation


As an outreach of Health Sciences North, Manitoulin Health Centre offers cardiac rehabilitation.


Designed to both prevent complications from cardiac ailments and to help optimize function and fitness after cardiac procedures, the cardiac rehabilitation program will provide both education and exercise in a safe and monitored environment. Staffed by our Registered Kinesiologist, the cardiac rehab program runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in a group setting. 


What to bring:


  • Health card
  • List of current medications
  • Name of your specialist
  • Water bottle
  • Indoor, gripped shoes, comfortable clothing for exercise


Rapid Access Clinic (NEJAC and ISAEC)


Manitoulin Health Centre offers the first complete Rapid Access Clinic in Northern Ontario, improving access and quality of care for musculoskeletal hip, knee, shoulder and spinal pathology.


The North East Joint Assessment Centre (NEJAC) comprises the first part of the Rapid Access Clinic, providing access to care for patients who suffer from moderate to advanced hip and knee arthritis and shoulder pathologies. Our staff are trained to perform comprehensive orthopedic assessments to determine your candidacy for surgical intervention or to guide you through other appropriate treatment recommendations.


Consultations may be arranged with our visiting orthopedic surgeons, during their monthly outreach clinics. If surgery is not required, our staff provide suitable treatment options including education, exercise prescription, injection therapy, assistive devices, bracing, and weight loss. There is no fee to access NEJAC as this service is covered by OHIP.


For your assessment, please bring:


  • Health card
  • List of current medications
  • Reading glasses if required
  • Comfortable clothing (shorts for hips and knees, tank top for shoulders)


Assessments range from 45 min – 1 hour, with 30 minutes allotted for follow ups.


The Inter-Professional Spine and Education Clinic (ISAEC) comprises the second portion of the Rapid Access Clinic. ISAEC allows patients to receive rapid low back pain assessments (typically less than four weeks), education, and self-management plans.    


For your assessment, please bring:


  • Health card
  • The patient intake form that may be printed and completed 2 days prior to your assessment.

Initial intake form

Follow-up intake form

Otherwise, please allow 20 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the form

  • A list of medications
  • Comfortable clothing (shorts, tank tops)


For more information, visit www.isaec.org




The GLA:D® program is an educational and exercise program specific for hip and knee osteoarthritis. This program focuses on both education and exercise pertaining to everyday activities. By strengthening the muscles in functional movements and correcting daily movement patterns, participants train their bodies to move properly, thereby preventing symptom progression and reducing pain.


Participants with X-ray findings of mild to severe hip osteoarthritis may be referred by their primary care provider. The program is offered 2x/week for 8 weeks in four communities throughout Manitoulin Island, sponsored by the Family Health Teams and First Nation Partners.


Information about the GLA:D™ program is provided here for you to share with your physician, family or friends at https://gladcanada.ca/.


For your assessment, please bring:


  • Health card
  • Indoor shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • List of current medication