Digestive Disorders

Information on Digestive Disorders

At Docklands Health, we can assess and help manage a variety of conditions.  Our multi-disciplinary approach caters a solution for you. We offer nutrition services with qualified dietitians to aid with degestive disorders  

For appointments call (03) 9088 3228 or book online.

Abdominal pain can result from a wide range of causes.

Cases of acute and severe pain require prompt medical treatment and include:

  • Acute Peritonitis – inflammation of the membranes around the abdominal wall and organs. 
  • Compacted kidney stone
  • Appendicitis
  • Acute cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Severe gastroenteritis
  • Acute pancreatitis

Other common digestive disorders may not present with immediate acute pain, but rather increasing pain and abdominal symptoms over time. These may include:

  • Gastro-oesophageal disease (GORD)
  • Chron’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Gastric or Peptic Ulcer
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Diverticulitis

Others are considered nutritional disorders such as:

  • Lactose intolerance – small intestine unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Celiac disease (Gluten intolerance)

Functional disorders causing abdominal pain include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


Whatever you digestive complaint it is always recommended that you consult a qualified practitioner for a proper evaluation. Distinguishing warning signs of more serious causes of digestive pain and dysfunction is the job of qualified healthcare providers. Treatment for digestive disorders is often complicated and the process usually takes a long time to start feeling better. 

Our goal at Docklands Health is to provide services which cater for all health conditions. If one of our practitioners identifies that you have a problem which is beyond their area of expertise then they will refer you to someone who is better suited to help you achieve your health goals. Usually this is within the clinic however, X-Ray, Ultrasound and MRI imaging for example must be done elsewhere. So there may be times where the care you require goes beyond the scope of one of our practitioners and we need to refer you onto another trusted professional to deal with your complaint.

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