Right way to manage pain

February 02, 2018

Goulburn Valley Health orthopedics department manager Senthil Kumar Rengasamy has a comforting word with patient Ashley Hubbard.

When Senthil Kumar Rengasamy accepted a position as the clinical manager of Goulburn Valley Health’s orthopedics department, he was keen to take on a new challenge.

Dr Senthil said he had been living in Brisbane with his wife and two children when he decided it was time for a change.

‘‘The administration side of things had been something I was keen to take up,’’ he said.

He took up the post almost one year ago, and orthopedics at GV Health recently received its board accreditation, which showed a vast improvement in the service.

‘‘The benefit to the community has been timely access to health care,’’ Dr Senthil said.

As the development at GV Health continues to get under way, Dr Senthil said the department was looking to recruit more specialists.

‘‘We’re also hoping for another trainee,’’ he said and added it could be as early as April when the new appointment could be made.

Working within the community, Dr Senthil said he visited Echuca once each fortnight as well as a local sports clinic for knee injuries.

‘‘My plaster technician has also agreed to come with me to visit GP practices to conduct workshops there,’’ he said.

Although GV Health had improved its surgery wait times immensely, Dr Senthil said he believed in optimising pain relief without surgery.

‘‘Lots of people are referred to us with hip and knee pain but they have never had any supportive treatments,’’ he said.

Patient Ashley Hubbard, from Euroa, who had had two total knee replacements since Dr Senthil took over, praised his work.

‘‘He’s got a good crew,’’ Mr Hubbard said.

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