Therapy Update 05 September 2018 Dr Scott Masters

A good look at back pain

Patients presenting with low back pain are often understandably anxious. Many will request an MRI in the belief that it will reveal the cause of their pain.
Examining the Evidence 02 September 2018 Dr Michael Tam

Can muscle relaxants assist with low back pain recovery?

Harry, a 55-year-old hospital cleaner, saw me with acute low back pain after lifting a heavy bag of linen. I recalled reading that skeletal muscle relaxants might be helpful in acute low back pain.
Picture Quiz 14 August 2018 Dr Ash Chehata

Continuing wrist pain and movement restriction

Callum, a 22-year-old rugby league player, fell in a heavy tackle on to his outstretched left wrist.​​ Each week, How to Treat publishes a clinical picture quiz. The quiz has no CPD points attached, it's just for fun.
Therapy Update 26 July 2018 Associate Professor Christopher Vertullo

How GPs can block the ACL surgery spike

Young Australians are facing a growing epidemic of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Recent evidence published by Knee Research Australia reveals that ACL reconstruction rates in those aged under 25 have increased by 74% over the past 15 years.1 
Therapy Update 10 July 2018 Dr Damian Ryan

Light at the end of the carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions managed by hand surgeons. Up to 5% of the general population experiences carpal tunnel syndrome at some time.
Picture Quiz 03 July 2018 Dr Ash Chehata

Shoulder pain on overhead movement

Gavin, a 50-year-old businessman, presents with three months of gradually worsening left shoulder pain. Each week, How to Treat publishes a clinical picture quiz. The quiz has no CPD points attached, it's just for fun.
How to Treat 01 June 2018 Dr Katherine Grellman, Kasia Marciszewski, Dr Tom Cross
How to Treat 17 May 2018 Dr Sam Chia, Dr Jerry Lin
Case Report 07 May 2018 Dr Daniel Xu

What's causing this patient's back pain and rectal bleeding?

Matthew is a 19-year-old apprentice plumber who presents complaining of low back pain and rectal bleeding. He reports a 2-3 month history of low back pain that he has been self-managing with rest and paracetamol when needed.
Case Report 09 April 2018 Dr Ash Chehata, Dr Robert Irlicht, Dr Kevin Tree

What's the cause of this scuba diver's shoulder pain?

Damien, a previously fit and healthy 54-year-old abalone diver, presented with a 10-year history of increasing bilateral shoulder pain and restricted movement. The pain was relieved by a combination of paracetamol, NSAIDs and rest.