Sports Medicine is one of the most rapidly progressing fields of medicine. From November 1, 2010 Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians (SEMs) became recognised as specialists and accordingly patients require a referral from their GP. Patients may have access to reduced costs relating to MRI via Medicare rebates.
In the event of an acute injury or the inability to obtain a referral in time, patients can still see our SEMs without a referral at a slightly reduced rebate.
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians are recognised specialists in the practice of medicine as it applies to all aspects of physical activity. Our SEMs work within a multidisciplinary care framework for the optimal management and care of recreational exercisers of all levels — not just elite athletes.
They work closely with referring GPs on the diagnosis and treatment of their patients and are in regular contact with a wide range of specialists including Orthopaedic Surgeons and Rheumatologists as well as allied health professionals such as Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Sports Trainers and Sports Psychologists.
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians treat a variety of problems or issues including:
- Diagnosis and non-surgical management of exercise and physical activity related musculoskeletal overuse injuries and trauma
- Biomechanical analysis of sporting techniques
- Treating head injuries/concussion associate with sport and optimising a safe return to play
- Exercise prescription for patients with medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes and pre-diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis or cardiac conditions
- Wheelchair and physically-challenged persons who exercise including the Elite Athlete with a Disability (EAD)
- Diving and underwater medicine (LifeCare Prahran Sports Medicine)
A Sport & Exercise Physician can also take on the role of team doctor, skilled in both on & off-field care of athletes. The SEM's involvement in team care can also include travel medicine, carrying out pre-trip screening and preparation to accompany, often large, teams of athletes to countries and major sporting events all over the world