Our physiotherapy and podiatry services

We are pleased to offer private physiotherapy services to the Central West of New South Wales. BPSIC was established in 1991 and has been providing expert care for the past 25 years. We look forward to continuing to grow in response to our patient’s needs.

Our personable and highly qualified therapists work closely with you to get you back to health or to keep you on track to achieve your goals (lifestyle, sport or work). Our physiotherapists have a hands-on approach to treatment using a wide selection of manual skills and extensive knowledge of exercise therapy to help you recover from either acute or chronic injuries. Their extensive training in injury mechanism, pathology and rehabilitation allows them to offer the most reliable and evidence based advice and treatment for musculoskeletal disorders.

 
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acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.

Western Acupuncture utilises meridian points but applies it to ‘western’ reasoning with particular consideration to relevant neurophysiology and anatomy.

Dry Needling involves needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include needling of myofascial trigger points, periosteum and other soft tissues.

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exercise programmes

Research has confirmed that most conditions respond best to a mix of ‘hands on’ treatment & exercise.

If your injury is from work, sport, recreation, accident or general wear & tear from every day activities, with knowledge of musculoskeletal pathology, physiotherapists have a one-of-a-kind position as health professionals which enables them to prescribe exercises which will specifically aid your condition.

We also provide pre and post-operative exercise classes to our patients, as well as exercise programmes which will aid individuals in fitness, strength or weight loss.

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manual therapy

Modern physiotherapy practice is mostly focused on therapy which is ‘hands on’.

Our physiotherapists have an integrated approach to manual therapy, they have training in a variety of manual therapy techniques and can select the appropriate hands on treatment for you.

The treatment range extends from soft tissue techniques, repetitive but gently mobilising procedures to high velocity manipulation (with the joint ‘pop’).

Clinical research has shown, depending on the circumstances, manual therapy is relevant to both recent and more chronic presentations.

 
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Podiatry

Your foot “biomechanics” (i.e. the way your foot moves when you put weight on it) is especially important for runners and people who play running sports such as football, soccer, netball, basketball and hockey. It is also very important for people who spend a good part of their day standing or walking on hard surfaces such as shop/retail assistants, warehouse workers and other manual workers.

We are fortunate to be able to offer Bathurst the services of Newcastle Podiatrist, James Pascoe of James Pascoe Podiatry. His expertise is in lower limb biomechanics which means he has the skills to assess and prescribe custom-made orthotics as well as give advice on appropriate foot wear.

James sees clients here two days every month. Because of his experience he sometimes has a waiting list but appointments can be made by ringing our reception.

real time ultrasound

The use of diagnostic or real time ultrasound (RTUS) in physiotherapy has become more common place in recent years. RTUS allows the physiotherapist to assess the function of various muscle groups and is invaluable in teaching the patient how to retrain strength and control of dysfunctional muscles.

RTUS is safe, simple and very effective in providing immediate visual feedback of muscle function.

It is particularly useful in retraining correct coordination of the deep stabilising muscles of the trunk and hip.

The staff of BPSIC are trained in the use of RTUS and can incorporate RTUS training into a functional exercise programme to help you recover from back, pelvic and hip pain.

pilates

BPSIC is proud to offer pilates classes. We run mat or equipment classes 3 days a week, taught by Shannon and Isabelle.

Pilates is a system of exercise involving the use of specially designed equipment, to target specific muscle systems, build coordination, control and strength and improve range of movement.

Our pilates classes are under instruction of specifically trained physiotherapists Shannon and Isabelle who have undertaken additional postgraduate training.

Pilates is appropriate for everyone! Athletes to those recovering from surgery, injury and illness are all welcome to join our classes.
 

 
 

Fees and payment

Initial Consult

40 - 60 MINUTES $120

At your first treatment session you will be given as much time as is needed for your full examination and treatment, usually approximately 45 - 60 minutes.

Standard Consult

30 MINUTES $100 

Any subsequent visits after the intitial consult, please allow up 30 – 40 minutes for your treatment.

 

Payment is required on the day of your visit and we accept:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Visa, MasterCard
  • Cheques

We also offer HICAPS, which is an electronic, real time, claims and payments system. It allows members of participating private health funds the convenience of immediate automatic claims processing.

Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Another waiting patient may then be seen in your place. Missed appointments without notification will be charged $30.

 

 

 

 
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Your visit

 

Do I need physiotherapy?

Virtually any condition that affects your muscles, joints, or nerves can be helped by physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy can assist:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Postural complaints
  • Ligament injuries
  • Weight loss and fitness programmes
  • Post Operative rehabilitation

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a doctor’s referral to see us for physiotherapy treatment. You also do not need a referral to claim a rebate from your private health fund. However, if you have already seen your doctor and they have given you a referral please bring this with you.

The only time you need a doctor’s referral is if  you are claiming your treatment costs through workers compensation, DVA (Veteran’s Affairs) or Third Party insurance such as following an automobile accident. If you are claiming your treatment costs through these systems then you will need the appropriate doctor’s referral as well as insurance details or your DVA card.

You do not need to have any scans or x-rays prior to seeing us, although if you have already had these or have any relevant ones from the past then bring these along with you. If your physio feels you need this type of investigation, they will discuss this with you and arrange an appropriate referral for you.

In most cases, Medicare does not cover the cost of physiotherapy treatment. In some chronic conditions a limited rebate for treatment is available through the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) system. If you think you may be eligible please discuss this with your GP, who will need to create a Patient Care Plan for you & provide appropriate referrals & Medicare documents. When you attend for an appointment you will be required to pay for your visit following which you may take the receipt to claim the rebate at Medicare.


On the day of your appointmet

Please arrive 5 or 10 minutes before your initial appointment in order to fill out the necessary paperwork. This will include your contact details, and consent for treatment. All information given to us is held confidentially.

We deliver a professional service and respect your rights, dignity, privacy, feelings and cultural customs. We respect the confidentiality of your professional relationship and only communicate with your doctor and insurance company with your prior consent.


What to bring

If referred by a doctor - Bring the referral letter.

Worker’s Compensation or Third Party Claims - Bring your insurance information to your first appointment. This will include your claim number and insurance liaison or case manager. You also a require a referral from your local doctor.

Private insurance holders - Bring your Private Health Insurance card which will have the relevant information and also help with payments. As we offer HICAPS we can claim the rebate on your behalf immediately. Most insurance companies cover Physiotherapy but the coverage and the ‘gap‘ will vary with each plan.

Scan/ X-Rays/ MRI scans - If you have had prior scans or x-rays for your injury please bring them along with you.

Comfortable clothing- In order to perform a comprehensive assessment of your condition, it is at times necessary to expose as much of the injured area as possible. At the clinic, we have gowns for you to change into but if you would be more comfortable in your own clothing (T-shirt and shorts) please bring these with you to each session.


What to expect

Before any action is taken your physiotherapist will assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. The physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities, and general health. This will include advice on how you can help yourself; for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions, or strapping techniques. Your therapist may also teach you different ways of performing tasks that will result in less stress on your injured area. Where appropriate, physiotherapists also advise carers how they can help.

Physiotherapists use a variety of treatments. For example:

  • Manual therapies such as mobilisation and manipulation to reduce joint stiffness, dysfunction and pain
  • Soft tissue techniques such as trigger point therapies and massage to improve muscle function and reduce spasm
  • Acupuncture and dry needling for reduction in pain and muscle spasm
  • Specific muscle re-education programmes to improve neuro-muscular control of muscles and joints
  • Exercise programs, to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
  • Hydrotherapy programmes
  • Hot and cold therapy, electrotherapy and pressure therapy to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement, and increase functional abilities
  • Airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises, to assist people with a variety of breathing difficulties
  • Assistance with the use of aids, e.g. splints, crutches, canes, and wheelchairs.
  • Casting and splinting

At the end of your treatment session your physiotherapist will give you an idea of what to expect following treatment. You will often be slightly sorer for the first twenty four hours as the assessment process can sometimes aggravate your symptoms temporarily.

You will be given a prognosis and an anticipated number of treatments required to resolve your problem. You may also be given some exercises or tasks to perform in order to speed your recovery. Please feel free to ask your therapist any questions you have regarding your condition or treatment.

The human body is a complex structure and people respond differently to treatment interventions. Unfortunately, on rare occasions a patient will have an adverse reaction to treatment. This does not necessarily mean that physiotherapy will not be successful. Should you have an adverse reaction to treatment please call your therapist immediately, so that they can address the issue and help resolve your pain.

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