Sports and Exercise Medicine deals predominantly with problems arising from injuries or medical conditions relating to sports and athletic activity. The principles and techniques involved in obtaining the best outcomes in sportspeople can be successfully applied to the management of the generally active population. This also includes injuries related to occupational health. This field of medicine encompasses the health of an athlete, but more importantly also covers all aspects of exercise medicine.
Most people can and should exercise. However, there are individuals who should get their doctor’s permission prior to begin an exercise program, especially individuals with back pain. Anyone with an unstable medical condition will want to seek an exercise prescription from their doctor. Injury may also require an individual to wait for the healing to be complete prior to beginning exercise. If you have cardiac, pulmonary, or metabolic disease, you should begin your exercise in a medically supervised environment.
Sports Medicine doctors also specialise and treat joint injuries, such as elbow, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle injuries. A GP referral is required for an appointment at Brighton Spinal Group.
Frozen shoulder (also known as Adhesive Capsulitis) is a fibrous reaction of the ligaments of the shoulder joint that occurs probably in response to an inflammatory event in the shoulder. It may follow some trauma around the shoulder, but at times it occurs spontaneously.
Dr. Kal Fried attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Sports Physicians in 1995 and has gained extensive experience in this field. He has worked for five years in the Victorian snowfields, before joining the Melbourne Football Club (AFL) in the mid 1990’s. Dr Fried was the medical officer for 14 years, as well as another 2 years with the Collingwood Football Club. He was appointed as AFL Australian International Rules team doctor in 2011 and 2013. Dr Fried has also supported other elite sporting teams including the Australian Diamonds netball team in 2012. Dr Fried has a major appointment with the TAC and WorkSafe as a medical advisor on the Clinical Panel and on various projects, and is an Independent Medical Examiner. In addition to his sports medicine skills including ultrasound guided injection techniques, Dr Fried has particular interests in the neuroscience of pain, the potential to de-sensitise persistent pain, and exercise & conditioning prescription in injury and medical condition management.