Delivering High-Quality And Personalized Shoulder Care Through The Public Healthcare System

Dr. Ian Lo and his team provide patients with comprehensive non-surgical and surgical care through his public practice at Access Orthopaedics in Calgary, Alberta.


Dr. Ian Lo will personally direct your shoulder care through diagnosis, patient education, non-surgical or surgical care and rehabilitation

Dr. Lo is available to provide care to publicly funded patients (i.e. Alberta Health Care). A referral is required and can be faxed to his office at (587) 387-3158. Referrals will be triaged by Dr Lo and may be directed through the Access Orthopaedics triage clinic for initial assessment due to Dr. Lo’s extensive public wait list.

Care for patients funded by third-party insurers (i.e. Workers Compensation Board, Long Term Disability) is available by speaking with your insurer or family physician and are seen by Dr. Lo at Canadian Surgery Solutions

Dr Ian Lo specializes in the conservative and operative treatment of numerous shoulder conditions, including:

  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome/Impingement Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/Tendinosis
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Biceps Tendinopathy/Biceps Tears/Biceps Instability
  • Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Shoulder Instability/Dislocations
  • Anterior Shoulder Instability/Dislocations
  • Posterior Shoulder Instability/Dislocations
  • SLAP Lesions
  • Labrum Tears
  • Multidirectional Instability
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Conditions
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Post-Operative Care

We carefully follow a 4-phase process for your post-operative rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Immediate Post-Operative

This phase involves the initial post-surgery recovery period and lasts approximately 4-6 weeks. The goals of this phase include: 

  • Patient education
  • Pain and inflammation control
  • Safeguarding your repaired and healing tissue
  • Protecting your shoulder’s range of motion
  • Maintaining the mobility of the joints surrounding your shoulder

Range of Motion

This phase begins around 4-6 weeks post-operative or after sling discharge, lasting approximately 12 weeks. The goals of this phase include: 

  • Progressive pain-free range of motion
  • Continued protection of your repaired and healing tissue
  • Improved static and dynamic control


This phase involves the start of targeted strengthening and lasts around 4-5 months. The goals of this phase include:

  • Continued protection of your repaired and healing tissue
  • Achievement of a full range of motion
  • Shoulder strengthening 

Return to Activities

This phase involves functional and activity-specific strengthening and starts 5-6 months post-surgery. The goals of this phase include: 

  • Advanced strengthening 
  • Graduated return to your regular activities
  • Specific targets for each patient according to their occupation and recreational activities.

If you have an urgent shoulder condition or are from out of province or country, Dr. Ian Lo may be able to provide expedited private surgical services.

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