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Podiatry Services at CHG:

Craig Douglass

Graduating from the University of South Australia in 1992, Craig Douglass is a podiatrist who leads CHG’s podiatry services.  Initially commencing in hospital care before progressing to private practice and sports podiatry, Craig has had extensive experience in all facets of podiatric care. Craig has worked closely with major Australian sporting teams focussing on enhancing the lower limb biomechanics of the professional athlete. With experience working across Australia and in the workplace injury compensation environment, Craig has an excellent understanding of podiatric care for the injured worker.

Consulting Monday through Friday, Craig is available to treat injuries through:

  • private health funds;
  • Medicare chronic disease management plans;
  • motor vehicle compensation injuries; and
  • workplace injury compensation claims.

Craig consults from CHG’s central location in Mile End – CHG@103.

Craig Douglass - Podiatrist

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Podiatry

Lower limb injuries make up approximately 20% of all workplace injury compensation claims in South Australia (ReturnToWorkSA 2018). Due to body weight loading through the injured lower limb, lower limb injuries can often take twice as long to recover than upper limb injuries. As such it is important that the appropriate multidisciplinary care is implemented early in the recovery process.

Podiatry specialises in the care of lower limb injuries. With workplace injuries, podiatrists work collaboratively with the allied health team in the management of a wide variety of lower limb injuries including:

  • ankle instability;
  • ball, arch, heel or toe pain;
  • achilles tendon pain;
  • knee pain or malalignment;
  • shin pain;
  • foot drop or other nerve injury; and
  • any abnormalities with walking.

Utilising best evidence based practice, podiatrists may implement the following treatment techniques to assist with the management of lower limb injuries:

  • taping;
  • fabrication of orthotic devices for footwear;
  • footwear recommendations;
  • gait education and biomechanical correction;
  • targeted strength and conditioning exercises; and
  • podiatric surgery.

The table below summarises some of the indicators for podiatry referral in workplace injuries. For more information about podiatry services, click on the resources below:

If you would like to know whether podiatry can assist with your injured workers recovery, speak to the treating medical practitioner, or contact CHG.

Treating Therapist Workplace Visit

A workplace visit is a workplace injury compensation claim funded service that can be performed during a workplace injury claim. A workplace visit involves a treating physiotherapist, occupational therapist or hand therapist attending an injured worker’s workplace to get an understanding of the pre-injury job role so that the treatment plan can be best tailored for the injured worker. Performing a workplace visit does not need prior approval from the insurance claim agent but the treating therapist should have the support of the injured worker and the worker’s employer.

During a workplace visit the treating therapist may:

  • observe the injured worker’s pre-injury duties;
  • suggest minor modifications to job task technique;
  • liaise with supervisors; and
  • adjust the injured worker’s treatment plan, i.e. modify home exercises.

A workplace visit can help to identify return to work barriers and enhance treatment outcomes. If significant return to work barriers are identified, the treating therapist may recommend a comprehensive job analysis be performed by a return to work service provider, and a graduated return to work schedule be created.

For more information on a treating therapist workplace visit, speak to the treating therapist, or contact CHG.

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Onsite Physiotherapy

CHG provide onsite physiotherapy services to a range of employers across metropolitan South Australia. By engaging a physiotherapist onsite at the workplace, employers benefit from prompt assessment and treatment of their injured workers in an early intervention environment. Whilst onsite in the workplace, CHG physiotherapists can:

  • assess and manage musculoskeletal injuries;
  • treat symptom complaints early before they become injuries;
  • match an injured worker’s reduced capacity to suitable work duties;
  • make recommendations on work restrictions for an injured worker;
  • analyse musculoskeletal injury trend data; and
  • collaborate with the employer to implement injury prevention initiatives.

Depending on the arrangement with the employer, onsite physiotherapy can also be used for non-work related musculoskeletal injuries, assisting workers to remain at work and reduce sick leave absence.

For more information on onsite physiotherapy services, contact CHG.