Patient Information

 

 

 

Preparing for your appointment

When you attend the fracture clinic, your doctor will create a treatment plan for the best results from your injury. This will most often involve check x-rays or scans, a plaster or splint and physiotherapy. Sometimes an operation may be required and referral to a surgeon can be organised.

Preparing mentally and physically for treatment is an important step toward a successful result.

Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover as quickly as possible.

Working with your doctor

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During your consultation, please discuss any conditions that could impact or interfere with your injury or rehabilitation. Routine x rays or other scans are usually performed prior to the doctor making a decision on your treatment.

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Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor, as they may have a bearing on your rehabilitation, treatment or surgery you may require.

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Take care of your cast or splint. Do not get it wet (waterproof excepted), and avoid dirt or foreign material getting under the splint or cast.

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Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor, as they may have a bearing on your rehabilitation, treatment or surgery you may require.

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Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like driving, cooking, shopping and laundry.

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Put items that you use often within easy reach so you will not have to extend as often whilst recovering from your injury.

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Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.

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Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain.

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If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain. If your pain is uncontrolled, please contact your doctor.

Fracture Clinic Costs 

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You may be required to pay upfront fees on the day.  These fees include the Medicare consultation code and fracture code (if applicable) which will be fully refunded by Medicare. A $35 facility fee is also payable at each appointment unless you have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card. The facility fee is not refundable by Medicare. Bulk Billing is available for Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders who do not need to purchase products.

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We accept Workcover, DVA or similar insurance companies.

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We do not provide medico-legal reports but we do send a letter to your referring doctor and/or regular GP informing them of your appointment, injury and treatment plan that has been undertaken.  

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Costs for products such as splints, crutches and waterproof casts do incur charges. These are optional and can be discussed with the doctor or plaster technician. We keep our charges for these items as low as possible.