FAQ’s – Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C)
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), we are happy to answer all your questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that our chiropractors and physiotherapists get. If you have another question about chiropractic, physiotherapy or a musculoskeletal conditions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
What is a chiropractor or physiotherapist?
Chiropractors and physiotherapists are spine, muscle and joint experts who treat conditions that affect the way you move. They are expert health professionals who:
- Diagnose and treat musculoskeletal pain (spine, muscles, joints)
- Restore lost function to muscles and joints following injuries, illnesses and conditions
- Treat the whole person, injured area and affected areas
- Explain your diagnosis, treatment plan and prognosis following injury
- Specialise in non-surgical treatments
- Have a clinical focus on prevention, not just treatment.
The Dee Why and Balmain chiropractors have completed, or are currently completing, both Master and Doctor level programs in chiropractic and physiotherapy. Chiropractors and physiotherapists treat a wide range of problems from a stiff back to sore shoulders and herniated intervertebral joints.
What are the goals of chiropractic and physiotherapy?
The main goal of a chiropractor or physiotherapist is to reduce pain and enhance function and performance without surgery.
Chiropractors and physiotherapists take time to find the cause and source of your pain. They develop treatment plans for you to do at home or under the guidance of a chiropractor or physiotherapy in the clinic. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), we aim for you to self manage.
Should I see a chiropractor or physiotherapist forever?
You don’t have to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist forever, though it can be a good idea to see one when you begin a new sport, change the physical requirements of your job, or feel stiffness, tightness or pain in your joints and muscles. Visit our chiropractors or physiotherapists for self manage strategies.
Is chiropractic safe?
Absolutely. Chiropractic care is a safe approach to health, injury and pain that avoids invasive surgery, procedures and medications. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) are highly skilled and qualified, with years of training and experience.
All our practitioners are registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia, which requires them to meet strict registration standards to practice and understand the musculoskeletal system. The treatments and approaches practiced at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), whether chiropractic, physiotherapy or nutrition are evidence-based from the latest supported research.
When its comes to chiropractic, your safety is our priority so please ask any questions and one of our chiropractors would be more than happy to help.
What should I expect at my first consultation?
At your first consultation, our Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) chiropractors and physiotherapists will ask about the reason for your visit, your medical history and try to relieve any pain you are in. They aim to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is customised to your specific injury. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists are here to help, so please ask lot of questions.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral. Feel free to come in and see one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists at any time. However, if you have hurt yourself at work and want to claim the cost of your treatment through Workcover, or see one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists under the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) or the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) you will need a referral from your general practitioner (GP).
What should I wear to my consultation?
Wear comfortable clothing to your consultation. If needed, we provide towels and gowns to more easily assess and treat your injured area. Your privacy and comfort is important to us and you are protected at all times.
How long are the consultations?
Depending on what treatment you need, our consultations last from 20 – 45 minutes. One thing is for certain, our chiropractors and physiotherapists will see one person at a time and will not rush your appointment.
Can a pregnant woman see a practitioner?
Absolutely, if you are pregnant you can come and see us. The practitioners at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) have treated many pregnant women during different stages of their pregnancy. All our treatment and approaches are evidence-based, safe, gentle and customised to meet the needs of the patient.
Can a child see a practitioner?
Yes, our chiropractors and physiotherapists have treated people of all age groups, including children. Young growing children often complain of ‘growing pains’, which can sometimes be related to the spine. In our care, we hope to diagnose any pain or injury related conditions to avoid problems later in life during adolescence and adulthood. When treating a baby or child, we customise our approach to what the child requires, to their height, their weight and body structure. All our treatment and approaches are evidence-based, safe and gentle.
Can I make on the spot claims? Do you have HICAP facilities?
Yes, we do. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), we have HICAPS and Medicare facilities for on the spot claiming. This means no inconvenient trips or long wait times to get your money back. Please bring your healthcare card with you to your consultation.
Is there parking available?
Yes, convenient and easy on street parking is available at both Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) locations.
Balmain: On street parking is located directly outside the clinic.
Dee Why: Located only 100 metres from Dee Why Coles, where you can park undercover for three hours for free. Also located directly across the road from Dee Why Hotel.
To see where we are located, view our clinic location maps.
What if I am running late or need to cancel my consultation?
If you are running late or cannot make your scheduled consultation, please call us as soon as possible. By letting us know, we can help reschedule your consultation to better serve you and other patients.
You may also like to look at these pages
- Your first visit to a chiropractor or physiotherapist
- Our chiropractic and physiotherapy glossary
- Helpful chiropractic and physiotherapy links
- What is evidence based chiropractic and physiotherapy practice?
- Chiropractic and physiotherapy articles of interest