Dr. Thomas Choong takes a comprehensive & individualised approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal pain with a key focus on
Patient Education and Intradermal Needling Therapy.
What to Expect at your appointment
Your initial consultation and treatment at Equillibrium Medicine may take between 1 and 2 hours. Dr. Thomas Choong will take a thorough medical history, conduct an examination, develop a treatment plan, and commence treatment.
- The primary purpose of patient education is to encourage your involvement in decision making and to empower you in the management of your pain.
- Understanding why you are experiencing pain can help to reduce your pain, alleviate stress and improve functionality.
- Knowledge of current scientific concepts on pain and pain neuroscience is essential to your healing and rehabilitation.
- We may provide additional external resources to increase your knowledge and understanding of pain.
intradermal needling therapy
- The therapy involves the insertion of very small needles intra-dermally, 1-2mm under the skin surface.
- The needle insertion points are located by palpation or "touch". After each insertion the patient is re-tested for further points of pain.
- Needling introduces a neural signal to modulate the nociceptive or “pain” pathway and winds down neural sensitization.
- Pain reduction is usually achieved by the end of the initial treatment session.
- Medical Acupuncture is a useful adjunctive treatment for pain, stress and anxiety.
- The positive neurophysiological effects of acupuncture have been extensively researched and published.
- Acupuncture can be administered via needle or, where appropriate, via Low Level Laser.
- Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles to treat myofascial trigger points.
- Commonly known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), laser and LED lights have been used to treat musculoskeletal pain since late 1960’s.
- The scientific term for the effects of LLLT on tissues is “photobiomodulation”. There is now strong scientific evidence that photobiomodulation has positive effects on the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal pains.
- LLLT can be used separately or in conjunction with other treatments.
- LLLT is a safe and pain free procedure.
MOBILISATION & EXERCISE THERAPY
- The benefit of exercise on health is well established. Exercise and mobilisation techniques may also reduce musculoskeletal pain and facilitate recovery.
- Simple exercises, mobilisations and stretches can be easily incorporated into your treatment plan to enhance your natural movement and biomechanics.
- Your rehabilitation may involve collaboration with exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and/or personal trainers.
- It is preferable to use non-drug treatments for musculoskeletal pain, however, particularly with acute pain, medications may be an integral part of your pain management.
- Taking into consideration their potential benefits and harms, pain medications must be taken in a timely and methodical manner.
- The prescribing of any pain medication will be guided by current scientific knowledge.