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    Default Any tricks in getting into the public system with my back?

    Hey there...probably don't have a chance in hell but I thought I'd give it a shot.

    I have long standing issues with my back. I really need some sort of physio for it and it costs the earth. I know that you can get it through the hospitals some how but how? How do I get in there?

    I've tried everything...I've lost 27kg, I've built up my core and I've just thrown my back out TWICE in a week and a half!!! I just can't keep going through this...I need help!

    Has anyone actually gone through the hosp system with their back?? How did were you able to do this? (btw I tried the doctors a couple of years ago and they said they couldn't help me but I know there' a way, cos know of someone who's done it, so I know it's possible)

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    Default Any tricks in getting into the public system with my back?

    Ouch, you poor thing... No advice really, but I would imagine once you 'got on' there would be a waiting list. Could you maybe just ring a couple of your local hospitals?

    Big hugs and all the best!

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    I've gotten physio in a public hospital via referral but i see you say you tried that already. Maybe a different dr will help you?
    Only other way i can think of is calling the physio department of teh hospital directly and asking how to go about getting seen?

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    Default Any tricks in getting into the public system with my back?

    I have recently started physio through the public system for my shoulder.

    Firstly, have you seen the doctor over it to see if there are any underlying issues causing the problems?

    I have always seen the same GP who kept giving me cortisone injections for an inflammed bursa, once I saw a different GP at the same clinic she sent me for an X-ray and ultrasound then with the results sent me to the orthopaedics out patients at the local hospital, I was seen within 4 weeks. I was then sent for an MRI which picked up impingement, a frayed tendon as well as a huge bursa (4 x what it should be) then surgeon then referred me to the physio department to see if they can help and I go back for an MRI in Feb and if no better I'm looking at surgery. I see the physio an hour a week and it costs me $10/session.

    Sorry that's so long, but yes it's possible, you just need that referral to orthopaedics out patients and go from there. Otherwise I know you can get a plan, like a mental health plan, that will give you 6 sessions where you only pay the gap, I used this last year.

    Any others questions feel free to ask and I'll see if I can help

    Oh and this is for Vic so I hope it's the same else where

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    Oh ok...a friend of mine said she got through via a referral wth a GP as well. I think this GP lied to me. I was in her office crying asking for help and she said she couldnt' help me...so I just took what she said. I never even thought of going through another GP!

    Orthopaedics you day? Ok I'm going to give it another try, something's gotta give here.

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    What about a community health centre? In Victoria you can access highly discounted physio in community health centres, but I think you need a health care card. Otherwise there is the care plan for chronic health issues through your GP which will give you quite a bit back through medicare for some visits with the physio of your choice - not sure how much medicare pays and how much the local physio's charge, but it's worth asking your GP/Physio about (although I think it's only 5 visits or so).

    I hope you feel better soon!

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    Default Any tricks in getting into the public system with my back?

    Yeah definitely try a new doctor, I had to be persistent but once the doctor looked over my file and the fact my shoulder hadn't improved at all over the 4 years I'd been complaining of it she was happy to refer me on.

    But yes, orthopaedics are who you want to see

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    My doctor sent me for physio under the health care plans (similar to mental health plans but for physio) I have had Physio suggest I go to Podiatrist for it too. I have a congenital defect (bones not fused where they should be) Arthritis (fusing bones above the ones that should be fused) Several points tht are probably pinched or impinged nerves.. (My can move certain ways and I just lose felling in the associated limb.. always have) I also have Whiplash incorrectly diagnosed for 6 months

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    Forgot to mention Physio does Acupuncture under that too.

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    The problem with me though that when the Dr told me she couldn't help me... stopped going so there's no paper trail of me complaining about my back. There may be a few things here and there like a trip to the hospital once for anti-inflammitory and a small stint at a chiro somewhere in brisbane...I do have xrays from that though....


 

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