Dr. David Sparavec, D.O., Grad.Dip, M.App.Sc
David Sparavec commenced practice in 1983, after graduating from the Pacific College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate in Osteopathy. He furthered his learning some years later at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, completing a Masters in Applied Science Degree (majoring in Musculoskeletal Management) and achieving a High Distinction for his research thesis. David has also completed numerous postgraduate courses and training within the Musculoskeletal field to remain at the forefront of his profession.
Intra-professionally, he is a past president of the Australian Osteopathic Association (N.S.W.) and has held a number of committee positions on the N.S.W. Osteopathic and Chiropractors Registration Board. David has also been a key note speaker at a number of national conferences and has lectured in numerous of post-graduate seminars, speaking mainly in the field of patient treatment plan management.
During his Masters Degree studies David investigated the conservative management of lumbar spine disc herniation (or "slipped disc" as it is commonly known). His research has given him a strong understanding of the condition and its management via non-surgical methods.
Some of the key findings in his research were:
- It is estimated that 90% of all back surgeries are unnecessary
- Studies have demonstrated that people who undergo surgery are worse off after a 2-year follow up than people who had conservative non-surgical management.
- Manipulative treatment for disc herniation is very effective and completely safe.
David's expertise has attracted patients from all over Australia seeking a non-surgical resolution to this disabling condition, as many osteopaths and chiropractors are reluctant to treat this condition due to its complexity. David has had over 30 years of experience in managing this condition and has corrected and managed many people who would have undergone back surgery if they followed an orthopaedic surgeon's or neurosurgeon's advice.
Over the years, David has concentrated on chronic pain management and acute disc injury treatment. Some of the other conditions that David manages are:
- Pregnancy related low back pain
- Acute low back pain
- Acute neck pain
- Treatment of infants
- Chronic Degenerative Disc Disease
- Chronic and acute tendon conditions
- Knee and Ankle conditions
David uses a wide variety of treatment techniques and the most up-to-date electro-therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, laser and interferential therapy.
At your initial consultation, David takes a comprehensive history and conducts a thorough head to toe examination which will provide a diagnosis. From that diagnosis a treatment plan is developed and discussed with you prior to the commencement of treatment. Some of your examination may include:
- Computerised foot scanning to assess for pronation
- Real time diagnostic ultrasound
- X-rays or CT scans
- MRI scans
- Laboratory blood tests
These tests are provided on site or referred externally where appropriate.
David firmly believes in the Healthwise practice mission statement:
All of his patients are well educated about their condition and an emphasis on self management is encouraged.