What is musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal medicine refers to all medical disciplines that deal with the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system in adults and children. Here at Bayside Family Medical & Musculoskeletal Practice in Glenelg we will work with you to treat your body’s health concerns. To help treat your discomfort we can use ultrasound treatment, joint injections and dry needling, along with exercise and stretching. After you undergo a consultation appointment our team of professionals will help ensure your musculoskeletal pain is cared for with the most effective treatment.
What can we treat with musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of severe long term pain and physical disability. These conditions 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
- Work and motor vehicle injuries
- Positional release and muscle energy therapy
- Ultrasound treatment, joint injections and dry needling, exercise and stretching
- Paediatric bone & joint conditions (related to children)
Everyone can suffer from musculoskeletal conditions
Patients often assume that chronic musculoskeletal conditions are an inevitable and an unavoidable part of ageing. In reality, condition like arthritis and musculoskeletal illnesses can be reduced through intervention at various points along the progression of the disease. Furthermore, children and young adults can be affected by chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Often the misunderstanding of musculoskeletal conditions is what leads to missed treatment opportunities which can help prevent or slow progression, improve management and optimise health related quality of life.
The process at Bayside Family Medical & Musculoskeletal Practice
Musculoskeletal physicians manage patients with bone, joint and muscle disorders that do not require surgery as part of their management. Our doctors will want to know about your current health concerns as well as any previous problems you may have had relating to your bones and joints.
Our doctors will inquire about how the affected body part has impaired the function of your body. By analysing the affected area we can determine which further tests and possible management might be required.
During your assessment your doctor will examine the affected body part in detail. We usually begin by looking at the area, feeling the area and finally moving the area. During your assessment you may require further medical tests including; ultrasound treatment, joint injections, platelet rich plasma therapy and dry needling, we will determine where to go after we assess the affected area. These assessment appointments are typically longer than standard appointments (usually 45 minutes for the first appointment and 30 minutes thereafter).