Services

At Synergy Sports Medicine, we provide a broad range of services giving the active person access to up to date assessment and management of their sporting injury. When we combine this with the extensive range of expertise available from practitioners in the South West, we offer a quality of care alternative equal to Perth.

Assessment/Diagnosis

A thorough assessment forms the basis of an accurate diagnosis of your complaint. Thorough history taking and examination is time consuming but cannot be replaced if good outcomes are to be achieved. We cannot provide this service without taking the appropriate time. We always book a half hour appointment for all new injuries, chronic injuries, second opinions and pain management assessments. Medico-legal opinions require longer appointments.

Following this assessment, the diagnosis may be obvious or very likely. On many occasions treatment can be initiated straight away. On other occasions, special tests will be required to make a firm diagnosis or exclude serious diagnoses.

Investigation

The utilisation of pathology testing and various radiology imaging techniques form the basis of sports medicine tests. We will often require X-ray, ultrasound, bone scanning, CT scanning or MRI scanning to make a firm diagnosis. It is a credit to the region that such imaging is all available in the South West.

Diagnostic Ultrasound

We are very pleased to be able to provide diagnostic ultrasound services in the rooms. Dr White has been involved in post graduate training in the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions.

The availability of this allows for a more accurate and rapid confirmation of your diagnosis so that treatment can be initiated in a timely manner.

The ultrasound also allows more accuracy in the placement of injections. This should improve the outcome from such injections.

Compartment Pressure Testing

We are very pleased to be able to provide this specialised service. This test measures the pressure inside individual muscles and is used to diagnose or exclude compartment syndromes. We provide the only pressure testing service outside of Perth. More info....
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Management

We provide advice and treatment for your injury or problem. We may be able to treat your problem completely from in house or may refer you to other practitioners so that comprehensive treatment is provided to you.

The provision of a management plan and involvement of a team approach to management underpins the essence of the SYNERGY concept. The outcome for the individual will be far greater if there is a team approach than from an individual alone.

Specific treatments

Injection therapies are often required in the treatment of sports injuries. These injections may be used to help make a diagnosis but are also used in therapy. Cortisone or steroid injections are often used to settle down resistant inflammation. When used properly and expertly, these pose very little if any risk. We are very experienced in steroid injections of many joints, bursae and tendon sheaths. Referral for ultrasound or x-ray guided injection may be required for difficult areas or where risks exist if the injection is not accurately placed such as the spine. More info…

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Steroid iontophoresis is the use of a small electrical current to move cortisone through the skin into an inflamed area. This is very useful if you want to avoid an injection or where an injection may be dangerous. More info…

Radial Shock Wave Therapy

We are very excited to be able to provide RSWT at our practice. This machine has been shown to be very useful in the treatment of many hard to treat tendinopathies High success rates are shown for the treatment of plantar fasciitis (heel spurs), Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow), Patellar tendinopathy (Jumper’s knee), Achilles tendinopathy and others. More info…

Medical assessment

We are very pleased to accept people for second opinions about musculoskeletal as well as general practice type problems. We are more than happy to make the assessment and forward a report back to your usual doctor.

The combination of sports medicine and general practice places us well to be able to manage the many medical problems that also confront athletes such as asthma, tiredness, anaemia, iron deficiency, menstrual problems, pregnancy etc.

We can also provide assessments related to management of low back pain and other long term problems.
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