Our Acute Injury Clinic is aimed at providing top level service to treat or triage sports and other injuries. Our Sports Medicine Physician and physiotherapists will assess your problem, arrange imaging where necessary and commence treatment. If the injury is requiring surgery, our orthopaedic surgeons are near at hand. We have a full treatment room to deal with minor fractures, injection treatments etc.
It is possible to directly make appointments, even without a referral, using our web-based appointment system. If you already have a referral from your GP or Emergency Department, Medicare provides a greater rebate, and if it’s already known you need a surgeon, you can directly make an appointment through the same booking system.
Please bring with you any reports, scans or x-rays about your injury.
If you have had a concussion, head or spinal injury, please call our office to book an appointment with our Sports Physician during the week, as these injuries require an extended assessment.
The Sports Medicine part of Ballarat OSM is operating out of 107 Webster Street from 1st July, until our new consulting rooms at 109 Webster Street become available later this year.
The Ballarat OSM Acute Injury Clinic is a unique model of care aimed at providing rapid, expert advice on treating new sporting and other injuries.
While hospital Emergency Departments are excellent at deciding if you need urgent treatment (e.g. surgery for very bad fractures), for most other injuries the treatment options can vary from rest, to rehabilitation, to surgery at some time later. The best course of action is often not easy to determine straight away. Getting the right advice about how to treat your injury is the most important first step in getting better.
When we see you within a few days of your injury, we can assess the severity of the injury, discuss the need for any further scans or tests, and start the decision making about the best way of treating YOUR injury.
We will also start you on a rehabilitation program, with early exercises and treatments to make your recovery as quick and as smooth as possible.
We can also arrange follow-up appointments with our Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, with our (or your usual) physio, and with the most appropriate surgeons if that is the best course of action.
At the Acute Injury Clinic you will see our Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician (link to GH bio), and one of Ballarat’s senior Sports Physiotherapists. Our physios are attached to a number of well-established local clinics, and work with a wide variety of local sporting teams.
Not all injuries need further scans or tests, but if they do we can arrange to get them done right next door at Lake Imaging. Exactly what sort of scan is the best one is sometimes not as simple as you would think, which is why our specialist knowledge of injury management is important.
Early treatment of sporting and other injuries greatly improves both the speed of recovery and how well you recover. The reason that elite athletes can return to play within a few weeks of a serious injury is mainly due to them spending the first few days treating the injury properly. While this sounds simple, it is easily neglected.
Deciding on when (and if) you need surgery for an injury is also sometimes not as easy as it sounds. Some injuries (e.g. knee or shoulder injuries) might initially seem terrible, but will recover well with good rehabilitation, and without surgery. Other injuries might not seem too bad, but will not do so well without an operation. It takes experience to help make these decisions, and our Acute Injury Clinic is designed specially to provide this service.
You will see our Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician for 20 minutes, after which he will discuss your injury treatment with our physiotherapist. You will then spend 20 minutes with the physio to start your rehab and discuss the next steps in your recovery.
Ongoing appointments can be made on the day as well.
The fee for the 40 minute clinic session is $250. Some of this can be claimed back from Medicare on the spot, and some can be claimed from your private health insurance extras for the physio treatment. We will issue you an account for you to send to your insurance company.
Any braces/crutches/other items will be charged separately.
If we have not answered your question well enough on this page or if you have a question which is not covered please get in contact with one of our reception staff.