Musculoskeletal Medicine

Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, lower back pain and inflammation due to injury are common, affecting over 6 million Australians (1). Musculoskeletal conditions account for almost 25% of the total cost of healthcare in western countries (ibid). They are also a major factor in early retirement, lost work productivity and severe long-term pain.

At Bellbowrie Family Practice, we are experienced in the diagnosis, prevention and early detection of musculoskeletal conditions. We also work closely with other health professionals to ensure that our patients receive the best treatment for their conditions.

What is a Musculoskeletal Condition?

A musculoskeletal condition is an injury or illness that affects the body’s movement. Muscles, nerves, bones, tendons, discs and ligaments can be affected and the condition may cause severe long-term pain. Some of the common musculoskeletal conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Slipped or herniated discs
  • Tendinitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle and tendon strains and sprains

Symptoms of Musculoskeletal Conditions

Early detection of a musculoskeletal condition means that treatment is more likely to be successful. If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you act early to prevent your condition becoming worse.

  • Pain that worsens with movement
  • Pain that is widespread or localised
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • “Burning” feelings in your muscles
  • Muscles that consistently feel tired, pulled, sore or overworked
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling stiff and sore over your entire body
  • Twitching muscles
  • Pain, weakness or difficulty moving a joint
  • Pain or weakness in multiple joints

Treatment of Musculoskeletal Conditions

At Bellbowrie Family Practice we are able to diagnose, treat and manage a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal conditions. We may also refer you to other health professionals for specialist care. These might include:

• Osteopath
• Pain specialist
• Sports medicine specialist
• Physiotherapist
• Occupational therapist
• Myotherapist
• Surgeon

If you would like to know more about our services for musculoskeletal conditions, please call us on 07 3202 5630. You can also make an appointment using our online booking service.