The overarching aim is to provide patients with the benefit of musculoskeletal expertise, research and teaching experience, empathy and professionalism in a relaxed office practice environment. Plenty of time is allowed in order to thoroughly investigate and understand your clinical presentation, review any imaging or tests, and conduct an appropriate clinical examination.
Recovery before rehabilitation - if you have not recovered sufficiently, premature rehabilitation may simply aggravate and perpetuate your pain and problem, turning what should have been a readily resolvable situation into a chronic presentation
A second opinion. From a consultant perspective, Dr McGrath is pleased to offer review or a second opinion regarding treatment that you may be undertaking, or considering undertaking. Evidence informs us that prolonged, expensive, musculoskeletal treatment or 'over-servicing' are not associated with enhanced outcomes.
Best practice not usual practice - there is no 'one-size fits all' approach, technique, exercise or device. Your care is specific, tailored and managed in a manner as consistent with evidence-based practice as possible.
Expert 'hands on' practice as indicated, may add considerable therapeutic value to traditional 'physio' or 'massage' approaches or the more remote approaches like ultra-sound, interferential, shock-wave therapy, EMG, acupuncture needling, and exercise. Osteopathic palpatory diagnosis (OPD) and manipulative osteopathic treatment (OMT) are key identifying features of the osteopathic 'hands-on' non-invasive musculoskeletal approach
Specialised and expert interest in a number of conditions informs your care, for example: non-specific low back pain and neck pain, pregnancy related pelvic pain, 'sacroiliac joint pain', discogenic back pain, period pain (dysmenorrhoea), 'trochanteric' lateral hip pain, headache and age related joint and muscle pain, shoulder-neck-arm pain, occupational related musculoskeletal disorders.
Pain relief and effective self-management, reduced pain related distress and reduced pain related interference - these are all key goals.
Evidence-informed care for musculoskeletal pain presentations remain a cornerstone of best practice. Consequently, Dr McGrath does not treat neonates, babies or young children although he may provide information, reassurance and referral as requested. Likewise, 'Cranial', 'visceral' & acupuncture treatments are not practiced.
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