Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is musculoskeletal medicine?
    Known as physical medicine, this is the branch of medicine that addresses muscles, bones, ligaments and joints. It involves the non-surgical treatment of varied conditions like back pain, neck pain (both acute and chronic), sciatic-type pain, pain associated with arthritis, whiplash injuries, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, TMJ problems, myofascial pain, disc and nerve pain.
  • How does physical medicine differ from physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathy?
    Physical Medicine Doctors are qualified medical practitioners who have undergone extensive University postgraduate training followed by Fellowship Certification with the Australian College of Physical Medicine. Physical Medicine Doctors are trained to pinpoint the origin of pain following extensive assessment and investigation and then use multi-modalities to deal with it. As a result, the treatments can be extremely effective in alleviating pain and restoring function. Physical Medicine is a holistic approach and does not just focus on one part of the body – all facets of the patient's life are taken into account eg gait analysis, impact of sporting activities, repetitive movements, daily activities etc to allow a comprehensive plan to be developed which also works to prevent further injuries. The thorough physical examination leads to an extremely accurate diagnosis for the vast majority of injuries and problems. This can eliminate the need for unnecessary costly and potentially harmful radiological or diagnostic testing. As Physical Medicine Doctors are qualified medical practitioners, they can quickly identify musculoskeletal dysfunctions whose origins are not bio-mechanical. The Physical Medicine Doctor can then refer the patient to the relevant specialist immediately.
  • What parts of the body can Physical Medicine treat?
    Physical medicine treats the musculoskeletal system - muscles, bones and joints – which is responsible for all movements and physical actions. This system is subject to a wide range of problems including sprains, strains, muscle tension, inflammation, swelling, bruises and injuries resulting from work, sport, or everyday activities. The Physical Medicine doctor assesses your injury or area of pain or discomfort and provides therapeutic applications and treatments that provide relief from pain, restore mobility and enhance healing.
  • What are the most common problems people present with?
    Back and neck pain and sporting injuries, in particular, golfing injuries. It is never too late to address a chronic problem.
  • What are the factors that can contribute to golfing injuries?
    The act of swinging a golf club, regardless how far or straight the ball goes, is an extremely demanding sports activity. This simple swinging action places significant stresses on the body in order to develop club head speed that exceeds 100 k/hr in less than 0.2 sec. The combination of poor conditioning, lack of core stability, overuse (excessive play), inadequate warm up and poor swing technique can be factors that contribute to injuries, in particular back pain.
  • What are some of the things that can be done to prevent a golf injury?
    1. Recovery time: Always give yourself recovery time before the next session. Overuse is more common in better players and men as they play more frequently and do not allow sufficient recovery time.

    2. Improve your technique: A poor golf swing technique can lead to a chicken wing which is defined as early loss of extension or breakdown of the lead elbow through the impact phase. This can lead to the development of Tennis Elbow. Take lessons from a golf pro to improve/correct your golf swing.

    3. Golf fitness programme: comprising of stretching for flexibility, core stabilisation and strengthening of the important golf muscles.

    4. Back mechanics: Using the proper back mechanics to avoid further stresses on the back.
  • Can I get a Rebate from Medicare or my private Health Fund?
    Medical rebates are available. Once you have reached the Medicare "safety net", higher rebates are available. You will need to register with Medicare for the safety net. Unfortunately, health funds are not permitted by law to offer gap rebates for medical consultations.
  • What is neural prolotherapy?
    Neural prolotherapy is the newest advance in regenerative orthopaedic medicine, whereby we focus on the subcutaneous nerve as the source of pathology. By injecting glucose or its derivative into the inflamed subcutaneous nerves, it will reduce the inflammation to allow natural healing to occur. I have found neural prolotherapy a fantastic first line of therapy after manual therapy or physiotherapy has failed.

    I have been doing neural prolotherapy for over 5 years after having spent training with the founder himself, Dr John Lyftogt in New Zealand, Ferrara, Italy and assisted him in neural prolotherapy workshops in Australia.
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