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For patients.

The Musculoskeletal Institute specialises in non-surgical treatment of the body's musculoskeletal system. We treat many problems including injury, arthritis and tendinopathy from all types of people, old and young. 

Many of our patients return to sport, work and quality of life without needing to undergo invasive or high risk surgeries. For those requiring surgery, The MSK Institute liaises with your surgeon and optimises your care before and after the operation. 

If you require a musculoskeletal assessment, please first consult your GP, Specialist or Allied-Health provider then call us to discuss. To learn more about MSK Medicine please see the FAQ's below.

What we treat.

  • Back pain - sciatica, arthritis, slipped discs, scoliosis, fractures, sacro-iliac joints

  • Neck pain - arthritis, nerve damage and headaches/migraines, fractures

  • Shoulder pain - rotator cuff and labral tears, arthritis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, AC joint

  • Hip pain - gluteal tendinopathy, bursitis, arthritis, labral tear

  • Knee pain - arthritis, mensicus, ligament injury (ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL), patella pain, tendinosis

  • Tendon damage - Achilles, tennis/golfers elbow, intersection syndrome, plantar fascitis.

  • Nerve damage - numbness, weakness, tingling, carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel.

FAQS.

FAQs.

  • What non-surgical procedures can help my neck or back pain?
    The MSK Institute is a member of the Spinal Intervention Society and performs minimally-invasive procedures for chronic neck and back pain. These are done in a radiology department to ensure maximum safety and accuraciy. Types of procedures include nerve injections, disc injections, facet joint injections, epidurals, sacroiliac joint injections and facet joint rhizolysis.
  • What's the difference between an MSK Physician and a Sports Doctor?
    MSK Physicians treat all patients for any Musculoskeletal problem. We have looked after Olympic athletes, elderley retirees and everything in between. At the MSK Institute we treat the entire patient and not just the problem area. We have a broad approach that covers sports related injury and performance but also issues such as chronic pain, arthritis, stiffness and nerve damage.
  • What's the difference between a steroid injection and a PRP injection?
    PRP aims to try treat and heal the underlying damage using a regenerative approach. It may take longer to work but the benefits can also be longer. It is your own cells taken from your blood so has less risk of an allergy or an infection. Cortisone or steroid injection aims to reduce the pain and swelling associated with the damage. It works quickly being a potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever and can help in the rehabilitation process to get our patients moving free from pain.
  • When should I see an MSK Doctor?
    When you have musculoskeletal pain or other problems such as stiffness, instablity, numbness or weakness. This is usually decided alongside your GP or primary health provider. We also work closely with Orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, chiropracters and osteopaths and they may request our opinion.
  • How do I get an appointment with you?
    Your health practitioner will refer you. This can be your GP, surgeon, medical specialist, physiotherapist, chiropracter or osteopath. Once you have a referral, call our reception to make the booking. Please indicate if your problem is covered by ACC, health insurance or privately funded. We have locations in Grafton, Albany and Northland
  • What is PRP and how will it help my pain?
    PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. If done correctly using the proper technique, in the right patient, for the right reason then it has excellent results. It works by taking the healing cells from your blood, and injecting them into the site of injury or pain. The Platelet cells gather and activate growth factors to stimulate healing and regeneration. Joints and tendons dont get as much blood-supply as other organs in our body so using PRP short-cuts that step. We have trained radiologists on-site to ensure accuracy and safety For more information click here: www.ultrasight.co.nz
  • How many appointments will I need?
    This will depend on the complexity of your problem and what treatment is performed. Typically we will see you at least three times to assess your problem, make a treatment plan and then follow it up. These three appointments can be made when you first register with us and then further appointments booked as required.
  • What is the difference between an MSK Specialist and a Physiotherapist?
    MSK Specialists/Physicians are doctors who've graduated medical school and then specialised. They diagnose Musculoskeletal issues by consultation and then ordering relevant investigations such as blood tests, nerve studies and high tech imaging. We have a large range of treatment options available to us in addition to Physical therapy. We will often work with your physiotherapist to customise physical therapy to your problem.
  • How do I refer a patient to you?
    Specialist Referral Email office@msk-institute.co.nz Please include the patients details, contact phone number and ACC or Health Insurance number. Our Doctors are also happy to discuss any patients on the phone 021 249 1110
  • Are you linked to Southern Cross?
    Yes, we are a Southern Cross affiliated provider. Depending on the policy, the consultation and most procedures thereafter are fully funded by Southern Cross.
  • What investigations are required pre consultation?
    A plain X-Ray and a complete set of blood tests are useful as preliminary screening for most MSK conditions. Please indicate if these have been done, or otherwise we can order them prior to the patient's consultation.
  • What will your services and consultation cost my patient?
    If funded by ACC the patient will incur no charge for a consultation. Health insurance funding varies depending on their provider, plan and treatment
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