neck and back pain

How we treat neck and back pain with chiropractic and physiotherapy

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our job is to evaluate your spine and determine if a problem exists or not. Our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists find the source of your back or neck pain and determine the best treatment strategies to fix it. It’s our hope that all of your questions are answered after your visit. However, it’s hard to remember all of the information delivered during an appointment, so you can email or phone us afterwards to guide you through the process.

Here’s a list of what typically happens when someone visits one of our Balmain or Dee Why chiropractors or physiotherapists.

Evaluation

Your back and neck pain evaluation consists of discussing your history and getting to the bottom of why you are experiencing your pain. Our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists will focus on your medical and physical history, with a focus on in your pain, joint and activity profile. Regardless of your age, we look at a patients’ whole spine in order to gain the most information about the entire spine.

A physical exam is conducted using a variety of special tests that tell us which structure is causing pain or contributing to the pain. At the end of the history and physical exam, your Balmain or Dee Why chiropractor or physiotherapist will typically have enough information to make a diagnosis and talk you through all the information regarding your specific situation.

Following this, one of our chiropractors or physiotherpists may recommend a MRI, CT scan, ultrasound or x-ray. From there, we send you to a radiologist that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. If you need a referral, we also work closely with a number of general practitioners and specialists, such as rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists.

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Treatment

Depending on what our chiropractors and physiotherapists find we will discuss your treatment options in full details and give you our recommendations. If no problem is found, some treatments can be as simple as advice, reassurance and simple strategies to cure your back and neck pain, such as sitting up straight. If a minor issue is found, our Balmain or Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists will typically have you fixed up in no time at all. However, the nature of back and neck pain can be variable. If something more complex than simple mechanical back pain is found, such as discogenic back pain, we will give you all your treatment strategies and self-help exercises. Together, these will improve your condition.

Follow-up

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), we think it’s a good idea to have a follow up after the first visit, even if only something minor is found. This allows us to follow up on the rehabilitation exercises, self-help strategies or other back pain related information we have given you. Sometimes additional tests may be needed. If nothing was found of the first visit then no follow up is needed. For major issues and recalcitrant problems further treatments is necessary.

Contact with your personal family doctor

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists pride themselves on communication with you and your medical team. We communicate with your GP and specialist medical team, to let everyone know what we have found and what we are going to do about it. In our communication, we review your case, medical history and evaluation and provide a detailed review, along with a summary of any treatments, and future recommendations followed after leaving our care.

In the unlikely situation of any major findings or recommended treatments we contact your doctor by phone, letter or both. When you leave our office written communication is on its way. Quality care is dependent on communication and this is what our chiropractors and physiotherapists strive for at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C).

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