A Few Helpful Notes

  • The overarching aim is to provide patients with the benefit of extensive clinical and academic musculoskeletal (MSK) expertise, empathy and professionalism in a relaxed office practice environment. Ample time is allowed in order to thoroughly review, investigate and understand your clinical presentation, including any imaging or tests, and to conduct an appropriate clinical examination.
  • 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 that prolonged MSK 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 consultative manner. Evidence-informed and experience-informed care for MSK pain presentations remain a cornerstone of collaborative, patient centred healthcare practice.
  • Pain relief and effective self-management, reduced pain related distress and reduced pain related interference, are key goals.
  • Recovery before rehabilitation - often inadequate recovery and premature rehabilitation aggravate and perpetuate pain and dysfunction. This may turn a resolving condition into a chronic presentation.
  • Expert 'hands on' diagnosis and practice may add considerable therapeutic value to routine 'physio', 'chiro', 'osteo', or 'massage' approaches or the more remote approaches of ultra-sound, interferential, shock-wave therapy, acupuncture needling, and exercise.
  • Specialised and expert interest in a wide number of MSK conditions, in addition to Occupational Health MSK issues, 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), and 'trochanteric' lateral hip pain. Headache, age related joint and muscle pain, shoulder-neck-arm pain are common presentations seen.
  • Dr McGrath does not treat neonates, babies or young children although he may provide individual case review, information, reassurance and referral as requested.

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