A GP or medical specialist referral is required to see a Sport and Exercise Physician. GP referrals are valid for 12 months from the date of your visit one of our Sport and Exercise Physicians. Other medical specialist referrals are valid for 3 months from the date of your first visit to one of our Sport and Exercise Physicians. Click here for our online referral form
A GP referral is not required to see one of our Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrars. Our SEM Registrars are supervised by our Sport and Exercise Physicians and are all accredited trainees of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).
Physiotherapists commonly assess and treat injuries without the need for referral from a GP or specialist. We accept referrals from GPs and other practitioners for Physiotherapy referrals Click here for our online referral form.
Seeing a Sports and Exercise Physician can be beneficial under several circumstances. Here are some key instances when you might consider consulting one:
Injury Management: If you have suffered a sports-related injury, a Sports and Exercise Physician can provide specialized care. This includes injuries like sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, and tendinitis.
Performance Optimization: If you're an athlete looking to improve your performance, these physicians can offer advice on training regimes, nutrition, and injury prevention strategies tailored to your specific sport.
Chronic Conditions Management: If you have a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes, or osteoporosis and want to engage in sports or exercise, these specialists can guide you on how to do so safely.
Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness: For those looking to start a new exercise program, especially if you have existing health issues or are new to physical activity, a Sports and Exercise Physician can provide a tailored exercise plan.
Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations: Before starting a new sport or participating in a particular athletic event, it's often beneficial to undergo a physical evaluation.
Rehabilitation Guidance: After an injury or surgery, these physicians can guide your rehabilitation process to ensure a safe and effective return to sport or physical activity.
Consultation for Exercise-Related Issues: If you experience issues like exercise-induced asthma, overtraining syndrome, or nutrition-related problems, a visit to a Sports and Exercise Physician is advisable.
In summary, whether you're dealing with an injury, looking to enhance your athletic performance, managing a chronic condition, or simply seeking to improve your overall fitness and health through exercise, a Sports and Exercise Physician can provide valuable expertise and guidance.
Seeing a physiotherapist can be beneficial in various situations, particularly when you're dealing with issues related to movement, pain, and physical function. Here are some common scenarios when it might be appropriate to consult a physiotherapist:
Injury Recovery: If you've suffered an injury, whether from sports, an accident, or daily activities, a physiotherapist can help in the rehabilitation process. This includes injuries like sprains, back pain, and repetitive strain injuries.
Chronic Pain Management: For ongoing pain issues, such as chronic back pain, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, physiotherapy can offer strategies and exercises to manage and alleviate pain.
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: After surgery, especially orthopedic surgeries like joint replacements or ligament repairs, physiotherapy is crucial for recovery and regaining strength and mobility.
Prevention of Injury: If you're at risk of injury due to your activities, lifestyle, or physical condition, a physiotherapist can provide guidance and exercises to prevent injuries.
Improving Mobility and Balance: For issues with mobility, balance, or gait, such as after a stroke or in conditions like Parkinson's disease, physiotherapy can be instrumental in improving functional ability.
Managing Age-Related Issues: As part of aging, you may face issues like osteoporosis or joint pain. Physiotherapists can help manage these conditions and maintain physical function.
Sports Performance Enhancement: Athletes looking to enhance their performance or address specific issues related to their sport can benefit from physiotherapy.
Occupational Health: If your job involves physical strain or repetitive motion, or if you're returning to work after an injury, a physiotherapist can advise on safe practices and exercises to prevent workplace-related injuries.
Women's Health: For issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum care, physiotherapists specializing in women's health can provide targeted support.
In summary, if you're experiencing pain, injury, or challenges with movement and physical function, or if you're looking to prevent these issues, consulting a physiotherapist can be a valuable step towards achieving better health and mobility.
Territory Sportsmedicine is the number one referrer in Darwin for Orthopaedic surgical requests.
Our Sport and Exercise Physicians (SEPs) are particularly well-suited to offer the most appropriate surgical referral pathways for several reasons:
Specialized Knowledge: SEPs have extensive training in musculoskeletal medicine, including the diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and conditions. Their specific focus on this area makes them adept at understanding when a condition is likely to respond to conservative treatment and when it might require surgical intervention.
Assessment Skills: These physicians are skilled in performing comprehensive physical examinations and utilizing diagnostic tools (like MRI, ultrasound, and X-rays) to accurately diagnose conditions. This thorough assessment is crucial in determining whether a patient needs surgery.
Understanding of Conservative Treatments: Before considering surgery, it's important to explore all non-surgical options. SEPs have a deep understanding of and experience with a range of conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, injections, and medication management. They are well-positioned to judge when these methods are insufficient and surgery is necessary.
Familiarity with Surgical Procedures: Although SEPs do not perform surgery themselves, they are familiar with the various surgical procedures and their indications, benefits, and risks. This knowledge allows them to make informed referrals to surgical colleagues.
Network of Surgical Specialists: SEPs typically work closely with a network of surgical specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons. They understand the expertise and sub-specialties of these surgeons, which helps in making targeted referrals based on the specific needs of the patient.
Holistic Approach: SEPs consider not just the injury or condition itself, but the entire athlete or individual, including their sport, level of performance, long-term goals, and overall health. This holistic view is essential in determining the most appropriate surgical pathway.
Communication and Coordination: SEPs are adept at communicating complex medical information to patients, ensuring they understand the nature of their condition and the reasons for surgical referrals. They also coordinate care among various healthcare providers, which is crucial for pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Experience with Athletes and Active Individuals: SEPs often have extensive experience working with athletes and physically active individuals. They understand the demands of different sports and physical activities, which is important in deciding not only if surgery is necessary but also in planning the post-surgical rehabilitation and return-to-play protocols.
By considering the patient's overall health, activity level, and specific needs, and through their expertise and network, Sport and Exercise Physicians can effectively guide patients to the most appropriate surgical pathway when necessary.