We are moving!

We are pleased to announce that LifeCare Prahran Sports Medicine will be moving to a new location.



435 Malvern Rd South Yarra

We look forward to welcoming you to our new purpose built facility with the same great staff and service.

The new location is only 300m East of the current location. Entry is via Hobson Street.

435 Malvern Road on a map

We will cease operating at 316 Malvern Road, Prahran from December 14. Please speak to your practitioner or our support staff if you have any questions.

Phone: 9529 8899

Email: prahran@lifecare.com.au

Trials prove stem cell breakthrough

Dr Julien Freitag

With his study published in the British Medical Journal just last week, and recent coverage by 7 News Melbourne and The Herald Sun, Dr Julien Freitag is making waves with his ground breaking research into radical stem cell therapy.

The research conducted by Dr Freitag saw the extraordinary regrowth of knee cartilage in karate champion, Stephanie Harris. Stephanie unfortunately experienced a severe knee injury while competing in a 2014 karate championship which caused a 1cm hole that was unrepairable by traditional surgery and rehabilitation.

Thanks to Dr Freitag’s world-first trial, Stephanie’s knee has regrown cartilage and the damage caused was almost completely reversed using stem cells harvested from her own body. This breakthrough has given Stephanie a second chance in her career as a Personal Trainer and brightened her hopes to return to karate.

The results from the trial has seen 70 per cent of participants being able to reduce pain, improve function, and stabilise their conditions. Dr Freitag will continue his research with two more trials being undertaken involving 70 participants with joint conditions.

With further success from these trials, Dr Freitag’s stem cell therapy could prevent the need for invasive surgery and benefit others like Stephanie in the future.

You can learn more about Dr Julien Freitag by clicking here.

To make an appointment with Dr Julien Freitag please call Prahran Sports Medicine on 03 9529 8899.

APA Breakfast

The APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) have an annual breakfast with a guest speaker to present on a topic of interest. This years topic was FAI (femoral Acetabular Impingement) of the hip. An interesting topic and a lot of debate of its worth to prevent osteoarthritis and salvage the hip joint.

Below is a photo of the Lifecare Prahran Sports Medicine table of some of our expert physios (Jane, Megan, Josh, Will T, Michael, Kat, Ross) as well as Dr Cheryl Bass (Radiologist at Victoria House), Dr Frank Burke (Radiologist at Victoria House) and Dr Peter Larkins (Sports Medicine Physician).

Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a common source of shoulder pain. 

While frozen shoulder is commonly missed or confused with a rotator cuff tear/injury or other shoulder injury, it has a distinct pattern of symptoms resulting in severe shoulder pain, loss of shoulder function and eventually stiffness.

In basic terms, it means that your shoulder pain and stiffness is a result of shoulder capsule inflammation (capsulitis) and fibrotic adhesions that limit your shoulder movement.

Suffering from a Meniscus Tear? Why Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Isn’t always the answer!

Suffering from a Meniscus Tear? Why Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Isn’t always the answer!

For several decades in orthopedic care, the traditional solution to meniscus tears has been to identify them on an MRI and cut out the offending piece. While there’s little doubt that meniscus degeneration is at play in the cascade of knee arthritis, how all of this works is not so well understood. Now, a new study continues to point in the direction that meniscus surgery is likely the exact opposite of what we should be doing to help middle-aged patients with knee pain.