Dr Yan Chow
Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
MBBS GDipSurgAnat FAFRM (RACP)
Dr Yan Chow is an Australian trained and experienced rehabilitation medicine physician. She provides person-centred care and works collaboratively with other specialists, general practitioners and allied health professionals.
She grew up in Australia and completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at The University of Adelaide in 2005.
Dr Chow returned to her hometown in Melbourne to commence her medical career. She completed Adult Rehabilitation Medicine training in major public and private hospitals in Melbourne. Dr Chow became a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM), a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2013.
Dr Chow is currently a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at private hospitals located in the inner south-east to north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. See Locations of her Private Practices.
She has past consultant experience working at state-wide rehabilitation medicine services of Victoria.
Her subspecialty interest is botulinum toxin injections for focal spasticity management and neurorehabilitation.
She provides botulinum toxin injection treatment at Cabrini Malvern.
Dr Chow is the Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cabrini Health, Chair of the AFRM Victoria/Tasmania Regional Committee, Victoria/Tasmania Representative of the AFRM Council and a Committee member of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand Victoria/Tasmania Branch.
Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians manage inpatients, outpatients and community patients with medical, musculoskeletal, neurological and neuromuscular disorders. Adult rehabilitation medicine practice diagnose and treat patients from adolescence and young adulthood through to the very elderly.
Patients treated are those affected by function limiting involving the nervous systems (brain, spinal cord, nerves), cardiopulmonary system and musculoskeletal system, as well as those who experience disability due to illness or injury affecting other body systems.
Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians are trained in managing brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, upper and lower limb amputations, occupational injuries, sports injuries, joint disease, pre- and post-joint surgery, tissue disorders (burns, ulcers, lymphoedema and wound care), lung and heart conditions, acute and persistent pain, pre- and post-cancer treatment and recovery, developmental and congenital disorders and other debilitating injuries or conditions.
In treating these patients, Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians lead a broad team of physiotherapists, occupational, recreational and speech therapists, nurses, psychologists, dieticians and social workers.
In outpatient settings, Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians can have additional expertise to perform interventional diagnostic and therapeutic pain management procedures, interventional techniques for spasticity management, assessment of capacity and of permanent impairment, provision of expert medical opinion in rehabilitation medicine for medico-legal reports.
Rehabilitation Medicine encompasses a variety of clinical settings and patients.
The major goal of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Treatment is to help a person function optimally within the limitations placed upon them by a disabling impairment or disease process for which there is no known cure.
The emphasis is not on the full restoration to the premorbid level of function, but rather the optimisation of the quality of life for those not able to achieve full restoration. Rehabilitation treatment may also include using therapeutic exercise, equipment and devices to assist daily living, orthotics (braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs).
Also, secondary and tertiary prevention is provided to prevent relapse or recurrence of injury or to improve function or quality of life. A team approach to chronic conditions is emphasised to coordinate care of patients. Comprehensive rehabilitation is provided by Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians, who act as facilitators, team leaders, and medical experts for rehabilitation.