If you are experiencing knee pain due to a recent injury or an ongoing condition Dr Tim Low has medical training in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of your knee pain or injury.
During your appointment you can expect the following:
History taking where you will be asked several questions related to your knee pain or injury. The type of questions you can expect during this consultation include:
- History of the pain or injury, including location, severity, things that make the pain worse or better
- Previous related injuries
- Occupational or Sporting activities
- Past medical history including any medications
- Previous treatments
A physical examination of your knee as well as other areas of the body if indicated such as lower back, hips and ankles.
If needed to help reach a diagnosis, investigations may be required such as x-rays, MRIs or blood tests.
A diagnosis with explanation in laymans terms (non-medical language that is easy to understand).
A management plan will then be developed in conjunction with the patient. Management may consist of:
- education of the condition and why it occurred
- advice on what to do and what to avoid making the condition worse
- exercise programs
- return to sport or activity programs
- if required referral to another health professional (physio, exercise physiologist, podiatrist)
Below is a list of common conditions seen in patients:
Sprain/rupture of ligaments (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
Osgood Schlatter’s disease
ACL injury management
This common sports related injury is unfortunately becoming more prevalent. Evidence for best management is constantly evolving. Management can be either non-surgical or surgical. Some patients who try non-surgical management go on to have surgical management. Every patient with a damaged ACL is considered individually to see which is the most appropriate management course to take. Factors to consider but not limited to, include the age of the patient, future ambitions, damage to other structures such as meniscus and previous knee injuries. If you have an ACL injury please make an appointment to see Dr Low to discuss.
Meniscus tear management
Meniscus tears are a common finding on MRI. However often they are just an incidental finding and not the real reason for the patients’ knee pain. Dr Low’s expertise lie in putting all the pieces together in terms of seeing whether the history of knee injury or pain along with examination findings match what is found on MRI. The majority of meniscal tears do not need surgery.
It is recommended you make an appointment with Dr Low as soon as you are injured or experiencing pain so he can immediately diagnose the cause of the problem and provide you with accurate management to help you with your symptoms as soon as possible. NO GP REFERRAL REQUIRED.