Dr Akhtar offers a personalised assessment, diagnostic and treatment service for back, muscle or joint pain. This service can entail manual therapy, manipulations, injections, postural correction, rehab exercises or elements of all five treatments. He works with the general population and athletes.
Dr Akhtar aims to diagnose your problem quickly and efficiently, and offer a personalised treatment plan. He also works with a team of health care professionals in the region through a multi-disciplinary network.
Musculoskeletal problems by their very nature sometimes require multidisciplinary input. If you would benefit from input from another healthcare professional (either here at the clinic, or elsewhere), Dr Akhtar will be happy to discuss this with you (subject to your consent) will arrange referral.
Main services provided by Dr Akhtar
- Consultations for back pain, muscle pain, joint pain
- Diagnosis and treatment plans
- Injections of joints and soft tissues
- Caudal epidural injections
Conditions treated by Dr Akhtar
- Neck: whiplash, trapped nerve, degenerative pain, spondylosis
- Shoulder: frozen shoulder, tendinitis, arthritis, rotator cuff strain
- Elbow: tennis elbow, golfers elbow, arthritis
- Wrist & hand: sprains, strains, arthritis, teno-synovitis
- Back: sciatica, slipped disc, trapped nerve, lumbago, back strain
- Hip: arthritis, bursitis, floating fragment of bone/cartilage
- Knee: Joint arthritis, strained ligaments and tendons, housemaid’s knee
- Ankle & foot: pain of uncertain origin, arthritis, metatarsalgia, acute and chronic ligament strain
- Postural imbalances
- Injury rehabilitation
- Other conditions
This list is not by any means exhaustive, please enquire to see if we can help treat your pain or condition if it is not featured above...
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the questions we are often asked. However, if you have any other questions, our reception staff will be happy to help.
Do I need a referral?
At present no referral is needed.
Do you only treat back pain?
I treat back pain in addition to a range of conditions such as joint pain and muscular pain.
How much does it cost?
As far as fees for medical procedures are concerned, I aim to be competitive and my fees are often much lower than those of the private hospitals. Injection therapy fees are in addition to the consultation fee and this can be discussed with the patient.
If you require any further information on fees, please contact a member of our reception staff.
Experience on first visit?
A detailed history and physical assessment will be undertaken to try to establish the precise nature of your problem. A management/treatment plan will be recommended and if appropriate immediate treatment will be offered. Dr Akhtar aims to treat you efficiently in the quickest time possible. Hence the first appointment tends to run longer than subsequent appointments.
What should I wear?
Dr Akhtar will need to be able to assess your problem and in some cases your postural alignment to determine what may be causing the pain. Dr Akhtar may need to examine your back or assess your gait so it will be necessary to partly undress to allow this. Some of our patients like to bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into.
Is there anything I should bring with me to my first appointment?
If you have previously seen your GP or other doctor regarding your condition and have received investigations such as X-rays, ultrasound scans or MRI scan reports it would be useful to bring them. If you are also taking any medication, please bring along a list of what you are taking. You can still be seen if you have not had an X-ray or MRI as Dr Akhtar is able to treat spinal problems with a detail history and examination. If an MRI is necessary, Dr Akhtar can arrange this for you by either liaising with your GP or by directing you to the least expensive private local scanner.
Runners and other athletes with biomechanical problems may need to run/walk for an accurate assessment to be made. Sometimes this is performed on the running track in clinic. For such patients, it may be appropriate to bring a pair of running shoes and some suitable clothing for this purpose.
If I have an injection, can I drive afterwards?
Most injections involve the administration of local anaesthetic and the decision about whether a person will be likely to be able to drive following injection will be discussed with the doctor. In some cases the patient may be advised not to drive for a few hours following the procedure and in this case it may be helpful to have someone with you to drive you home afterwards.
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