How to find a chiropractor or physiotherapist in Sydney?
There are millions of people in Australia that suffer from neck and back pain in Australia each year. Many people believe that the only solution for neck and back pain is medication. However, seeing a chiropractor or physiotherapist will result in long-term results, rather than short-term solutions.
What are chiropractors and physiotherapists?
Chiropractors and physiotherapists specialise in issues, diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and spine). Chiropractors and physiotherapists play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractor and physiotherapists can work in a variety of settings such as hospitals and private practice. Our Sydney chiropractors and physiotherapists have worked in both the hospital and private practice setting to treat a variety of non-surgical sports injuries, muscles injuries, joint injuries, and spine injuries, such as back and neck pain.
Have you been unhappy with a chiropractor or physiotherapist in the past?
Unfortunately, some people have been unhappy with either a chiropractor or physiotherapist that they have been treated by in the past. This shouldn’t stop you from seeking help for your back or neck pain from a new Sydney based chiropractor or physiotherapist. There is a huge number of different ways that both physiotherapists and chiropractors can treat neck and back pain. While some are good at reducing and preventing pain, some can be not as good, regardless of whether they are a chiropractor or physiotherapist. It’s important to find the right treatment methods. Here is a list of what we recommend you look for when choosing a practitioner:
- Find a Sydney chiropractor or physiotherapist who practices evidence based medicine.When you find a chiropractor or physiotherapist who practices evidence based medicine there will not be a big difference between them. This is because they are both basing their decisions on the current, best available, evidence and research for neck and back pain. Don’t get caught up in their professional title, just make sure they practice evidence based medicine.
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapists who gives you self-managing strategies.A chiropractor and physiotherapists’ main role is to provide you with self-managing strategies for neck and back pain. Self-managing strategies mean that the practitioner will teach you how to fix your own back and neck pain. This may be a simple as the chiropractor or physiotherapist giving you information and advice or showing you how to sit properly at your office desk. The Sydney chiropractor or physiotherapist may show you some exercises or give you an exercise program. A chiropractor or physiotherapist shouldn’t make you rely on them, they should give you everything you need to fix the majority of your back and neck pain and position themselves to be the helping hand when you need it.
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist who promotes regular exercise.Regular exercise is probably our best weapon against neck and back pain. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist should be promoting this .
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist who treats you with a combination of hands on therapy and rehabilitation exercises.A chiropractor or physiotherapist should give you a combination of passive and active treatment when it comes to neck and back pain. Research supports this approach with a tendency to be more favourable towards active treatments, such as exercises. Passive treatments such as mobilisation, manipulation and McKenzie Method are currently well supported. However, these methods, while credible, are not for everyone, so your Sydney chiropractor or physiotherapist must assess the best treatments for your particular neck and back pain.
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist who hasn’t stopped learning.Information is constantly changing, treatments evolving and research developing, and no more so than in the healthcare field of chiropractic and physiotherapy. When we look at neck and back pain there is constant refinement in research of what works best when it comes to different categories and diagnosis in neck and back pain. Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist in Sydney that keeps updated with the latest information, as this will ensure you’re getting the best in neck and back pain treatments.
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist that offers long appointments that are one-on-one.Like most treatment, neck and back pain treatment requires time and the most effective outcome cannot be delivered in a short amount of time. The gold standard of manual medicine is to test your pain, give a treatment, then retest your pain. In the perfect world we should see reduction in pain on the retest, though sometimes this is possible and sometimes not. This gold standard approach cannot be done in 5 minutes. If your physiotherapist or chiropractor is treating multiple people at once, not retesting or treats you in only 3 minutes, its time to find a new one practitioner.
- Find a chiropractor or physiotherapist who wants to be part of the solution, not all of it.When you are experiencing neck and back pain, you need a captain that has your best interest at heart. It’s simply not possible for a chiropractor or physiotherapist to treat all types of neck and back pain. In these cases, your chiropractor or physiotherapist should send you to someone else such as your general practitioner (GP), surgeon or neurologist to seek the opinions and treatments of other health care professionals. If your chiropractor or physiotherapist isn’t being part of a team approach for your neck or back pain, it’s time to find a new one.
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