First we need to understand your medical and health history. Unfortunately many health problems can mimic disorders of the spine and, therefore, it is important that we discuss your history in some detail. This will be followed by a comprehensive examination in order to make the most accurate diagnosis. The initial consultation will usually take between 30 to 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of your case. A physical examination of your back is very important, and your modesty will be preserved at all times – gowns are provided.
Please be assured that if we do not think that we can help you, or if our examination reveals any additional concerns, we will refer you appropriately and liaise with your general practitioner on your behalf.
Do you need a referral?
Many of our patients are referred by their GP, however, you do NOT need a referral to become a patient.
What if I need further investigations?
We work closely with 2 Hamilton Radiology Clinics:
Hamilton Radiology and River Radiology
Both clinics are committed to quality radiological examinations and diagnosis and therefore use state-of-the-art equipment and experienced radiographers to produce premium quality images. Working with these clinics allows our practitioners to collaborate with some of the best radiologists in the country.
The cost of plain film X-rays and diagnostic ultrasound is largely covered by ACC in the case of an accident. Both clinics are generally able to accommodate our patients on short notice. MRI is available in NZ with an Orthopedic Surgeon’s referral.
How do I make an appointment at the Hillcrest Spinal Centre?
Appointments can be made via telephone on 07 856 6442 and our receptionists will guide you through the process. If you need urgent attention after hours, please call us anytime on 07 856 6442. If your call is not attended, you can leave a message with your name and telephone number and the practitioner on-call will contact you as soon as possible.
Alternatively, don’t hesitate to email the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for an appointment. Our staff will contact you back.