Conditions Treated

SEM Physicians treat mostly musculoskeletal injuries.  These are not always the result of a sporting injury, but sometimes due to an accident at work, or at home.  Sometimes the pain has come on without any particular episode of trauma and now it is just annoying and stopping the patient enjoying life to the full.

SEM Physicians at Nepean Specialist Sports Medicine do not treat injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.  We do not do assessments of patients for permanent incapacity or percentage whole body impairment.  We do not do medico-legal reports on patients unless they are already patients of the practice.

Nepean Specialist Sports Medicine is happy to see Workers Compensation cases provided they have full pre-approval from their insurer and a referral from their nominated treating doctor.  The ultimate responsibility for these accounts, however, remains with the patient.

Specific conditions treated

ACL and Rotator Cuff Tears

Recent advances in the Regenexx SD treatments have meant some patients have had successful repairs of their acute ACL tear, even with some distraction of the torn ends, and of high grade partial rotator cuff tears. Patients undergoing the Regenexx SD treatment for these conditions return to sport and work far more quickly than if they have surgery.

Meniscal Injuries and loss of Joint Cartilage

Many patients with injuries to a knee meniscus or articular cartilage previously believed surgery was their only option. Now Regenexx offers a range of regenerative treatments that can help patients avoid or augment surgery, resulting in faster and more efficacious healing with fewer long term side effects.

General conditions treated

Acute injuries

All types of acute musculoskeletal injuries are treated at NSSM.  Naturally sporting injuries, whether direct (getting hit by something) or indirect (overdoing it and damaging something) are treated as quickly as possible.  The doctors try to keep appointments free everyday to see people with injuries before they progress.

Chronic injuries

Sometimes after an acute injury people think “it will just get better”.  The next time they go to do something the pain returns.  After a while they realise that the pain is not getting better.  Sometimes they see another doctor or therapist who treats them but still they do not get better.  Sometimes another doctor has told them “there is nothing more that I can do”.  This does not mean that there is nothing more that can be done.

SEM Physicians are trained to see the patient as more than just their injury, and to try to treat even longstanding conditions that may now be complicated by more than just the initial injury.

Overuse injuries

Sometimes people have to keep on doing the same thing over and over again and the tissues fatigue, and become prone to injury.  Treatment involves treating the injury and conditioning the patient to avoid a recurrence of the problem.

Training problems

Sometimes no matter how hard you train you just do not improve, or worse, your performance deteriorates.  SEM Physicians can help you restructure your training to get the correct rest and nutrition to maximise performance.

Specific regions treated

Back pain

Many patients with back pain have a normal CT scan despite having severe pain.  Treating the pain involves understanding the anatomy of the back and the limitations of the scan (or x-ray).  Often patients with back pain can be provided with significant relief.

Joint injuries

Joint injuries can be painful and impact heavily on activity levels.  Accurate diagnosis is essential for correct treatment.  The soft tissue components to the joint (ligaments, capsule) can be treated as above.  Damage to the cartilage can now be treated with stem cell therapy, Regenexx SD, to optimise cartilage health and delay or prevent the need for surgery.

Nerve injuries

Even minor injuries to nerves can cause strong pain, either at the site of injury or in the area supplied by the nerve.  Some problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome can cause odd changes in sensation.  Sometimes these problems respond to relatively simple treatments.  Nerve injuries are best seen sooner rather than later as seriously damaged nerves may not repair.

Tendon or ligament injuries

Whether acute or chronic, tears of ligaments or tendons can often be treated with local treatment such as Prolotherapy, PRP or Regenexx SCP.  This also applies to injuries to the rotator cuff and the plantar fascia.

Whatever your problem, if pain, swelling, stiffness or some other problem is stopping you performing at your best, or just interfering with your daily activity, there is a good chance an SEM Physician can help.