FAQs Archive - Synergy Medical Clinic
Choosing a new health provider can feel overwhelming. Here are some of the questions our new patients have asked us. If we don’t address your question here, feel free to contact us directly.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time in order to register and complete some initial paperwork. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you are seeing the doctor regarding your lower back, hip, or knee, it may be helpful to bring a pair of shorts for the examination. Women who are seeing the doctor regarding a neck or shoulder issue may want to bring a tank top or sports bra. Gowns can be provided if necessary. Please bring the following:
- Any test results including x-ray, MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound
- Previous exercises or information given to you from previous health practitioners
- A list of your current medications
- A list of your goals including functional goals (eg. pain-free stair climbing, return to rugby, etc.) and overall expectations for therapy are often helpful. We can also work together with you to formulate these goals.
A doctor’s referral is not required to see a Synergy rehab clinician, our sports medicine General Practitioner, or to join our movement therapy classes. Some insurance plans do require a physician’s referral in order for you to be reimbursed for these services. If you have extended health benefits and your insurance provider requires a referral, please request one at your next doctor's appointment or book an appointment with our OHIP-covered sports medicine General Practitioner.
We do have weekly hours available for patients with musculoskeletal or joint-related concerns. We can provide an assessment of your condition with a sports medicine general practitioner and advise you on further treatment, if necessary. This visit is fully covered by OHIP. Please call the clinic for our current availability.
235 Wallace Ave - We are one traffic light north of Bloor St, and a block west of Lansdowne Ave on the south side. TTC - Take the subway to Lansdowne Station, then walk (about 8 minutes) or take the bus two stops north to Wallace Ave, and walk a block west. Parking - There is free time limited parking available on Wallace Ave, Ward St, Rankin Cres, Campbell Ave, Symmington Ave and Lansdowne Ave; there is a paid parking lot on Ward St., and a paid parking lot beside Lansdowne Subway Station. 2017 Danforth Ave - We are one block west of Woodbine Ave on the south side of Danforth Ave. TTC - We are a short two minute walk west of Woodbine Ave subway station on the south side of Danforth Ave. Parking - There is paid parking along Danforth Ave and free one hour parking on all side streets directly beside the clinic on Moberly Avenue and adjacent streets.
Our Movement Therapy Programs are designed for all levels of fitness and our instructors are highly trained in working with and around injuries. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and wear comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise. Running shoes are not necessary. All props, mats, and pillows will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own mat, should you desire. If you are booked into a private movement therapy session, please bring a copy of your test results (eg. x-ray, MRI, CT scan, and/or ultrasound).
You don’t need a private appointment to attend the classes but it would provide the opportunity to learn the breathing and body awareness techniques so that you can practice the exercises correctly. Private appointments are also an excellent option if you would prefer the individualized attention not found in a group setting.
Everybody is welcome to take any of our classes without a doctor's referral. If your friend feels they are physically unstable, has issues they wish to address, or if their issue is from a recent injury, they are also welcome to schedule a private appointment with one of our movement therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, or our sports medicine general practitioner to assess whether the class will be suitable for their circumstances.
Where to begin! First, our classes are small on purpose. All of Synergy's Movement Therapy classes allow a maximum of eight students. This enables our teachers to provide more attention to your specific physical needs. Our classes are co-created by a sports medicine doctor and a Pilates-trained movement therapist to make sure that you build strength and mobility without running the risk of recurring injuries. Lastly, our classes are always taught by teachers who understand anatomy and alignment. This means they will work with you to ensure that you are getting a great workout while still staying safe.
Our programs are designed in a way that allows you to learn the exercises and repeat them enough at-home that you really internalize them. We expect good outcomes within two to three months; the four month expiry date encourages you to complete the program while retaining the information from the first class and get back to your prior-to-injury lifestyle as soon as possible.
One option is to book a private appointment with a movement therapist at a time that is more convenient for you. The other option is to speak to the administrators at the front desk. We are happy to consider our clients’ time constraints when scheduling future classes.
Not at all! Movement Therapy has students from all walks of life. Men, women, children, seniors, and everyone in between can benefit from proper breathing, posture, and alignment. And the program is for anyone with pelvic disorders.
Honestly, this depends on your body and the circumstances surrounding your injury or condition. If you are following a home exercise program in conjunction with our classes, we generally see positive outcomes within only two to three months!
Your treatment plan will be discussed with your therapist on your first visit and will consider location, severity and age of your injury as well as any particular goals you have. Follow-up appointments tend to range from 30 to 90 minutes.
Not at all. We work with patients who have a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, including pelvic health dysfunction, headache management, vertigo and many others.
You do not have to come forever! Our goal is to get you back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible. The duration of your treatment plan will vary depending on a number of factors including what issue we’re treating, how well your body responds to care, and whether or not you complete your home exercises.
Our patients come from all over the GTA and beyond for treatment at Synergy Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Many of our patients have seen multiple doctors and clinicians elsewhere before arriving at our clinic where they found our clinicians provide exceptional specialized care with positive results.
We do not use assistants in our treatments, although we do use modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation as a component of our treatment, most of the treatment time is hands on techniques and education from our highly-trained clinician specialists. These one-on-one private appointments create a consistency of care that you can rely on.
We will only bill for the service provided.
Our Services are not covered by OHIP but you may visit our OHIP-covered General Practitioner to discuss a treatment plan for your injuries prior to incurring any additional costs. Many of our rehab services are supported through extended health benefits, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic medicine. As each insurance plan is different, please check with your insurer before your appointment to determine what is covered.
That depends on your insurance coverage policy. Contact your insurance provider to find out what services they cover and whether you will need a referral from a doctor. If you do need a referral, please request one from your GP or book an appointment with our Sports Medicine General Practitioner.
At Synergy Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation our focus is on acute musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions, nutrition and exercise. Our Wallace location is not equipped to treat these types of cases; however, our Danforth location is.
We do not provide direct-to-insurance billing. We ask all of our patients to pay upfront for services at Synergy and request reimbursement through their insurer.
Our fees vary, depending on which service you require. Please ask your clinician or our front desk staff for more detailed information. Many of our services are covered by extended health care plans and we also have cost effective options available in order to help patients of all income levels.