THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE IS THE BEST MEDICINE!
Spinal Management Clinics and Workfit are subdivisions of LifeCare that offer physiotherapy and multidisciplinary (Pain Physician, physiotherapy and psychology) treatment programs for musculoskeletal problems. Our physiotherapists are actively engaged in conducting research on the best possible treatment for low back pain. We can therefore provide an expert opinion on diagnosis and effective treatment of low back problems.
For recent injuries the scientific research shows that education/advice, manual therapy and early return to activity including work is the best medicine. However, for people failing to recover Spinal Management Clinics and Workfit have a number of treatment options to best suit the patient's needs.
Functional Restoration is a structured and supervised exercise and education program aimed at improving strength and ability to return to normal work, sport and recreation. Our Functional Restoration programs also incorporate specific muscle retraining, such as exercise for the core stability muscles of the lower back and pelvic girdle. As strength and understanding of the injury improves, the patient becomes more independent in their exercise program and their ability to self-manage their recovery.
For patients with significant psycho-social distress a multi-disciplinary Pain Management Program may be required. This follows similar principles to Functional Restoration but also incorporates input from our specialist Pain Physicians and psychologists. Pain Management allows patients with more severe and complex chronic pain to return to a reasonable quality of life.
Spinal Management Clinics practitioners are WorkSafe and TAC "preferred providers" ensuring quick and easy access to assessment and treatment with minimal delay for program approval.
For patients with limited capacity to fund treatment programs our Manage your Pain Program provides 5 sessions of education, goal setting and graded exercises/activity over a 4 month period. This evidence-based program is ideal for people funding physiotherapy with Medicare (EPC) or being referred by Job Seeking Assistance agencies.
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