Sports Physio Camberwell

Acute Injury Care

“The best expertise” is CSSM’s driving philosophy. Foremost in this philosophy is the understanding that when an injury occurs and you are in pain, finding out what is wrong and what to do is of the highest priority.

With Acute injury, timely assessment and management is the foremost importance. For this reason CSSM is open 7 days a week, with extended hours on weekdays. Ensuring that in most cases we can offer you an appointment with one of our practitioners the same day or certainly within 24hours.


What is an acute injury?

Acute injuries are those which occur suddenly during activity. They are most commonly associated with a traumatic event such as sporting accidents, unplanned, or unexpected movement or direct trauma.  This incident is usually followed by immediate tissue response in the form of pain and /or swelling. Often acute injuries result in severe levels of pain and disability making prompt assessment, diagnosis and management a priority.


What is involved?

The practitioner will assess and diagnose the injury. A treatment plan will then be implemented to assist in pain reduction, reduce inflammation and effectively speed up the natural healing response. For more serious injuries CSSM practitioners can refer for X-Ray, MRI or a medical intervention if the need arises.

Early management is aimed at preventing any further complications including, but not limited to, joint stiffness, muscle tightness, and muscle weakness. Your appointment will include:

  • A comprehensive subjective examination relating to the mechanism of injury, current functional level, previous injury history, and goals for treatment.
  • Thorough assessment of pain, joint range, muscle function, and other relevant testing
  • An explanation of your diagnosis.
  • Clear details of the expected prognosis, time-frames, and a plan for treatment.
Injury Management.


Implementation of treatment and a home management program, depending on your injury, may include a range of the following:

  • Protective strapping or bracing.
  • Hands on treatment if appropriate
  • Movement re-education
  • Home or self-management strategies.
  • Exercise prescription.
  • Referral for imaging or medical treatment if required.
How long does it take?

A comprehensive assessment for an acute injury can take between 30 – 40 minutes for the first appointment. Depending on the nature of the injury, your treating practitioner will discuss specific time-frames to achieve full recovery.

Book online 7 days a week

Find out more injury treatment at CSSM


Our Osteopathy and Physiotherapy practitioners are experts in providing detailed examination and diagnosis, then providing treatment quickly and effectively.

Appointments can be made 7 days a week at CSSM by calling the clinic on 03 9889 1078. Alternatively appointments can be made via our online booking portal.

Book online 7 days a week

While GP’s and specialists seeking the best care for their patients often refer patients to see our team, a referral is not necessary. Physiotherapy is a complementary form of treatment and works well when used in conjunction with medical treatment.

Depending on your level of cover our treatment is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of most major health insurers.

Camberwell Sports & Spinal Medicine is able to offer “on the spot” rebates via HICAPS. The rebate varies depending on your health insurer and level of cover so check the details of your policy. We want you to be able to achieve the maximum benefit from your health insurance so if you have any queries please check with our reception staff.

Claim on the spot with HICAPS

It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing that enables clear assessment and access to the injured body part(s). Shorts are preferred for lower limb issues. Females should wear a singlet top or sports bra for neck and shoulder issues.

Injury Blogs