Your first visit
What to expect at your first visit
A friendly smile and a few jokes is the first thing you will receive at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C). After that, your first visit with one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists will go like this.
A few forms
To get started, we need a few details from you. We recommend you arrive 10 – 15 minutes before your scheduled consultation to complete our new patient forms. You can also complete these forms online before your consultation and we will receive them.
Please also bring any scans or reports to your consultation as this may help your chiropractor or physiotherapist determine the right treatment for you.
To understand your pain and give you the best treatment, we will ask you questions about your medical history, symptoms of your pain and any important events leading up to your injury or pain related problem.
With care and consideration, we will perform a thorough examination. This involves tests such as:
- Blood pressure
The goal of this examination is to find out your muscle strength, muscle tone, range of motion in the affected area and the cause of your pain.
The results will be helpful us to identify any abnormalities or the cause of your pain so a formal diagnosis can be made. This examination will help decide the best treatment for your pain and determine if further tests are required, such as MRI, x-ray or other laboratory or digital imaging tests. If other tests are required, we will tell you where to visit to get them. All results will be recorded to measure and monitor your progress over the coming weeks.
Once we have determined your diagnosis, we will begin the required treatment of care at your first visit to start helping your pain and getting you better. We will also book your second consultation in.
Before you leave Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), your chiropractor or physiotherapist will explain to you:
- Your diagnosis condition
- Our recommended tailored treatment plan for you
- Any self-managing exercises you can do at home
- How long you will require our care
- Approximate time until you’re recovered and pain free.