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Healing in isolation

The most important lessons I have learnt in my medical career have been from patients. The last few weeks, while adapting to the COVID-19 environment, have been no exception and for me quite surreal. This pandemic is clearly an unprecedented danger that we are facing...

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Chiari Malformation

The Chiari Malformation abnormality was first described in the late 1890’s. The most common type of Chiari Malformation to affect adults is Type I. Surgery was first performed for this condition in 1938. (Holly, 2019) With increasing ease of access to imaging Chiari...

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Back pain affects the whole family

Back pain is an extremely common problem. The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare report that 70 to 90% of people will have some back pain at some point in their lives. In any one given year this equates to 1 in 6 Australians being affected by significant back...

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Dr Google

Should you Google your diagnosis before seeing a specialist? This depends on the level of certainty about your diagnosis before your visit. If you look up a disease or condition that you do not actually have this can be confusing and distressing. However, if your...

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What to expect when seeing a neurosurgeon

Your GP or physiotherapist may recommend that you see a neurosurgeon for a specialist opinion regarding your condition. I understand that this is not a commonplace everyday event and may be something that you find quite stressful or unsettling. I have written this to...

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Disc Herniation

Herniated lumbar disc is a common spinal condition that involves a bulging of the disc, or rupture of the outer layer of the disc with displacement of a fragment of the disc material. The disc material has moved and is now compressing one or more nerves. This can...

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