What is arthritis and why should a family physician refer a patient to Melbourne Arthritis group?

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in Australia. It affects millions of adults and half of all people age 65 and older. Arthritis causes pain and loss of movement and function and is not a benign disease at all! It can affect joints in any part of the body. It often is a chronic disease, which means that it can affect you over a long period of time. The more serious forms can cause swelling, warmth, redness, and pain. There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis and many different symptoms and treatments. The three most common kinds of arthritis in older people are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Melbourne Arthritis has a holistic and comprehensive approach to patients with arthritis including a physician with experience in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine, a physiotherapist, massage therapy, gym, hydrotherapy, an occupational therapist and a dietitian to foster the optimal care for patients with arthritis or other musculoskeletal or connective tissue diseases and patients with chronic pain syndrome such as fibromyalgia. Thanks to decades of relentless research in the field of rheumatology basic science, this state-of-the-art treatment is available to the Australian people and the paradigm of musculoskeletal-related treatment has been revolutionised.

How can I make a referral?

Referrals can be made through Dr. Farshad Ghazanfari ’s secretary or by calling his main office at Maroondah consulting suites Ph: (03) 9870 1400 eFax: (03) 8640 0437.

Who can be referred to Melbourne Arthritis?

Any patient over the age of 60 or younger patients with complex medical or musculoskeletal problems or osteoporosis can be referred to Melbourne Arthritis. This includes both inpatients and outpatients, particularly those requiring peri-operative care. Also treated are patients with musculoskeletal pain or any kind of arthritis. We work in close relationship with general practitioners and allied health personnel at Manningham Medical Centre.

When should an inpatient referral be made?

As soon as possible, even before the operation. Perioperative risk assessment and medication adjustment is paramount for a safe and smooth journey though surgery especially for patients aged more than 65 yrs.

How can you get laser sessions and do you need a GP referral for Laser?

You can directly book laser appointments online by filling an online physiotherapy registration form Morvarid our senior physiotherapist will assess you on the first session and set up a program course later for your specific condition. Depending on your condition you will be treated with any of our three cutting edge lasers( M8 robotic Ortholazer, Thor LLLT or Irradia LLLT). Your GP will be notified at the end of physio/ Laser program re outcome and further management.