What is musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal medicine is a medical discipline that deals with pain and disordered function of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and associated tissues.
Detailed information can be found at https://www.aamm.org.au
What can we treat with musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal conditions are a common cause of severe long term pain and physical disability. These conditions affect life quality and are major causes for work limitation and early retirement. We most commonly treat the following health concerns:
- Muscle and joint aches and pains
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder, hip and knee problems
- Arthritis pain
- Sports injuries
Anyone can suffer from musculoskeletal conditions
Patients often assume that chronic musculoskeletal conditions are an inevitable and an unavoidable part of ageing. In reality, pain and reduced function can often be reduced through intervention. Often the misunderstanding of musculoskeletal conditions is what leads to missed treatment opportunities which could have helped prevent or slow progression, improve management and optimised health related quality of life.
The process at Bayside Family Medical & Musculoskeletal Practice
The goal of Musculoskeletal Medicine is to help people with bone, joint and muscle pain or other disorders. Our doctors will want to know where your pain problem is, and how it affects you and your life. They will also want to know what makes the pain better, and what makes it worse, as well as what treatments you have already tried. To help us best help you, please bring along any radiology you have already had done, as well as the results of any other relevant tests. Repeating tests that have already been done is unhelpful, a waste of your time, and in the case of radiology, can cause harm.
During your assessment your doctor will examine you, so please dress expecting this. After the history taking and examination, together, the doctor and you will then make a plan to determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, may be best suited to you. Treatments you may be given can include, but are not limited to: Cortisone or focal local injections, PrP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, prolotherapy, or neurotherapy, dry needling, manual therapy, low level laser, acupuncture, & activity and exercise advice.
In order to best help you, an initial assessment appointment is typically longer than standard appointments (usually 45 minutes for the first appointment and 30 minutes thereafter).
A referral from your existing GP or physio is mandatory and is now required prior to booking an appointment.