More ways to help you move well and stay well.

WHAT IS A MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

A Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist is a highly qualified health professional with extensive training and expertise in the assessment and treatment of conditions of the joints, muscles, and nerves of the body. They employ the most effective, up-to-date spinal approaches and deliver individualised treatment.

More ways to help you move well and stay well.

There are several important ways that Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can help you.  Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists assess using a biomechanical approach to analyse variations from normal movement that you may have, and will work towards correcting the movement abnormality or dysfunction using a wide variety of mobilisation treatment approaches and rehabilitation exercises.

Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists use advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic methods.  Practitioners at our clinic have also had training in a broader range of treatment strategies that complement musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment approaches.   Examples of these include the Backtolife Back and Neck rehabilitation programme, acupuncture, dry needling, Pilates’, and mirror therapy.  As a result, we provide scientifically based treatment strategies to improve your mobility, co-ordination, strength, balance, and overall fitness.

Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can help in many ways:

  • Identify and treat the underlying cause of problems
  • Assess your biomechanics and teach you how to improve your posture, how to move well, lift correctly, avoid muscle strain and injury, and return to fitness after childbirth, surgery, illness or inactivity
  • Apply joint mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue mobilisation, strengthening, stretching techniques and exercise prescription strategies used to help improve your mobility and overall physical function
  • Recommend  individual rehabilitation exercise programmes and advice can help you to correct faulty movement and control and improve co-ordination, leading to more comfortable and efficient movement and function
  • Prescribe exercise programmes to improve strength, endurance, overall flexibility, and fitness that will help to increase your strength and reduce the risk of recurrence of injury.
  • Up-to-date knowledge – scientific evidence

Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists keep up-to-date with the latest research findings and advances in how the spine, muscles, and joints work.  Practitioners at The Melbourne Spinal and Sports Medicine Clinic consistently deliver lectures at Universities, and also to the Medical, Dental, Physiotherapy and Audiology professions. They also attend clinical workshops, courses, and scientific conferences. This continuing education ensures you are receiving the most up-to-date and effective care and advice.

Telehealth is available at The Melbourne Spinal and Sports Medicine Clinic by prior appointment. Our practitioners are currently providing Telehealth consultations for patients in Victoria, inter-state and overseas on referral by their medical or health practitioner.

The Melbourne Spinal and Sports Medicine Clinic also provides specialist treatment in a wide range of common injuries and conditions.

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

A ‘Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist’ is a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapy who has completed extensive training and has passed the rigorous final practical and theory examinations and demonstrates exceptional expertise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. 

As well, a Specialist Physiotherapist provides second opinions, contributes to the professional education of colleagues, actively engages in their own professional development, and have been involved in research work. Dr Peter Selvaratnam is one of the few Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists in Australia who has been awarded the Australia Day, AM award for his significant services to the profession, medical research, professional development and humanitarian work.

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