Dr Kanji is a Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist and Researcher who has experienced first hand chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain. He was in a motor vehicle accident at the age of five when he broke his hip. Over the past few decades he has experienced low back pain, nerve symptoms down the legs as well as neck pain and nerve symptoms down both arms at night. In 2012 he was at the gym leg pressing 200 kg and the lever slipped and crushed him. He experienced low back pain and sleep disturbance, waking at 2am every night for several years after this incident. An MRI scan of his lumbar spine shows four discs that are dehydrated and narrowed with extensive fluid seen in the vertebrae adjacent to the discs.
Dr Kanji decided to learn about how pain is generated and studied tension-type headache and migraine, finishing his PhD in 2013. He researched low back and wrote his first book Fix Your Back. His next book Fix Your Neck Pain, Headache and Migraine was launched in 2015 (both books are now available at Whitcouls, Paper Plus and bookshops throughout NZ). Dr Kanji now experiences minimal low back or neck pain after trying treatments for his spine. He has not experienced nerve symptoms in his legs or his arms for over six months. He is very fortunate to have been in a position to have studied full time for many years to find solutions to his pain and many of the patients he treats.
Dr Kanji was born in Wellington and graduated from Otago Medical School. After working at Wellington Hospital he worked in Melbourne. He started working full time in Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2002 and went to Newcastle Australia January 2003 to learn how to perform Cervical medial branch blocks and transforaminal steroid injections. His main interests are spinal pain and tendon injuries. Dr Giresh Kanji has completed his PhD titled “The sensory amplification of pain: The causation of headache disorders” at Massey University. The thesis investigated why people develop headache, the role of the migraine gene and sympathetic nervous system in chronic pain disorders. He is currently researching low back pain.
Dr Kanji is the Chairman of the New Zealand Pain Foundation, a research charity. He has written two books (Fix Your Back/ Fix Your Neck Pain Headache & Migraine) and wrote a regular newspaper column titled “painless”. Dr Kanji performs ultrasound guided injections for muscle, joint and tendon disorders. He also performs ultrasound guided extra-corporeal shock wave therapy for tendons. In 2015 he was appointed as the editor of Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine Journal. He has given presentations in New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, United States and Europe.
2002 Membership of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine
2002 Vocational registration in Musculoskeletal Medicine
2000 Vocational registration with Medical Council of NZ in General Practice
1999 Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners
2013 PhD (Massey University) “The Sensory Amplification of Pain: The Causation of Headache Disorders”
2005 Masters in Management (Massey University)
2002 Post Graduate Diploma in Business Information (Massey University)
1995 Postgraduate Diploma of Musculoskeletal Medicine with credit (Otago University)
1990 MBChB (Otago University)