Understanding everything about your condition, the importance of your body’s health and the treatment you may require can be overwhelming for many.
Below are frequently asked questions about our services, the medical industry and our practice, if you do not see your questions below please feel free to contact us for further information.
What is musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal medicine includes medical disciplines that work to diagnosis acute and chronic conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system in adults and children. These conditions may result from a wide range of processes including injury, inflammation, infection, metabolic or endocrinological conditions and the normal aging process. Your musculoskeletal system is made up of your body’s bones (the skeleton), muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that is used to support and bind tissues and organs together. The musculoskeletal system’s primary functions include supporting the body, allowing motion, and protecting vital organs.
How often should I visit my GP?
There are no rules as to how often you need to see your GP however we recommended visiting us for a general checkup at least once yearly or preferably twice yearly. However, if you feel symptoms or signs of illness we recommend visiting one of our health professionals as soon as possible. Generally our GPs will advise their patient upon when their next general checkup should be and may ask you to book in advance.
What vaccinations do I need before I travel?
When travelling to foreign countries they often require you receive vaccination before arrival for your protection and theirs. If you have travel plans approaching and are unsure about which shot you may require please visit one of our GPs as they can advise and administer your vaccinations.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (often referred to as TMC) is a range of health practices that are non-invasive and use techniques that have originated from China. We use acupuncture at Bayside, which is a treatment that has originated from TMC and is becoming increasingly popular in Western countries. Acupuncture is a treatment that uses the insertion of needles into superficial structures of the body (skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles) at acupuncture points to help treat and relieve pain.
How often should I get a pap test?
Frequency of pap tests often depends on your age and health history. Our health professionals will best explain how often you may require a pap test, however the following guidelines can be followed to give a general understanding of pap smear checks:
- Between 21 and 29 years, we recommend a Pap test every 3 years.
- Between 30 and 64 years, we recommend a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 5 years or a Pap test alone every 3 years.
- 65 or older, ask your doctor if you can stop having Pap tests.
How often do I need my prostate examined?
A prostate exam is a common examination that is used to check on the current condition of the prostate. As men age, the need to monitor prostate health becomes more of a necessity. After age forty, we recommend an annual prostate exam as part of your yearly checkup. Failure to have a prostate exam on a regular basis can lead to major health issues.
Does skin needling hurt?
Everyone has a different pain threshold and skin needling will feel different to each individual. The treatment involves the use of manually applied skin rollers that have fine surgical steel needles attached to the roller mechanism. It’s applied directly to the skin in a crisscross motion in order to puncture the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production. This can promote smoother skin and scar or stretch mark reduction through the skin’s natural wound healing process. Our team will ensure your comfort and safety first and we encourage our patients to let us know if they are experiencing any discomfort throughout the treatment.
How long does it take to get anti-wrinkle injections?
Our anti-wrinkle injections are quick and effective and can be finished in approximately 20 minutes per session. The number of treatments you may require will depend on your skin and the area treated. During your consultation session we will discuss your treatment plan and the number of sessions you will require to achieve your desired outcome.
How many health professionals work at Bayside Family & Musculoskeletal Practice?
Our team here at Bayside Family & Musculoskeletal Practice is made up of not only our in-office health professionals but a team of allied professionals and visiting specialists. This allows us to provide a larger team of doctors, experts and specialists to treat your health needs. Along with our health professionals is our team of well-educated and extremely helpful team of admin staff that can make your time at our Glenelg practice more enjoyable.
Do the GP's provide Home Visits?
Home visits are available for regular patients who are unable to attend the Practice, if no other alternatives are available.
Visits can also be arranged for patients in Nursing Homes and Hospitals.
Do the GP's provide Telephone Consults?
Due to their busy schedule, doctors cannot take patient telephone calls during consulting hours. However, at their discretion doctors will return telephone calls when time permits.