- Falls and Balance
- Spinal cord injury
- Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease & movement disorders
Dr Appukutty Manickam’s Rehabilitation Medicine training was undertaken at tertiary teaching hospitals across Sydney, including Concord, St George and Liverpool Hospitals, and subacute hospitals such as Lady Davidson, Ryde, Calvary and Metro Rehabilitation Hospitals. During this period, he concurrently commenced Basic Physician Training in 2021. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) in 2022.
Dr Manickam's interests are in acute and chronic pain, acute stroke management, stroke and spinal injury rehabilitation, spasticity and movement disorders and he tailored his education towards this, having completed Rehabilitation Medicine, Master of Medicine (Surgery), surgical, critical care and radiology training. He worked in neurosurgery and intensive care units in Queensland for 6 years, published in various neurology & neurosurgical journals and presented in neurosurgical & radiology conferences. This training has provided expertise in Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics and General Medicine.
Dr Manickam's aim is to provide holistic care by maximizing patient function and quality of life through a multidisciplinary rehabilitation & pain program.
Dr Manickam currently divides his time between being a part-time Rehabilitation Staff Specialist at the Spinal Injuries Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital and Brisbane Waters Private Hospital, and Pain Medicine at Sydney Spine & Pain. He is credentialed for consultation rights at Westmead Private, Sydney Private and Northshore Private Hospitals and has visiting rights for inpatient consultations at Mt Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital. He also organizes the Australian Rehabilitation College Faculty training program for NSW. This role allows him to mentor, support and contribute to the education of future generations of specialists.
His areas of interest are helping people with neurological and pain conditions including but not limited to:
- Spinal cord injury
- Acute and chronic pain conditions (including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and chronic headaches)
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Movement disorders (such as Parkinson's Disease)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- MBBS , MRCS (Ed) , M.Med (Surgery) , FAFRM (RACP)