At your initial appointment I will ask about injuries, operations, medication or trauma in your past, and this is called your medical history. This information is kept confidential. It is important to know about your general health as well as the problem you’ve come to see me about in case they are connected. I then make an initial diagnosis of your problem after performing any necessary tests. Once a diagnosis is made, I will discuss the treatment options with you. Treatment can begin straight away.
Everything we discuss during treatment is confidential. The information you share with us is kept safe and secure. The clinic diary and your contact details are accessed through password protected accounts on secured laptops kept at home. If I need to write to your GP or refer you for further tests this will be done with your consent.
To make a diagnosis I will need to examine the problem area and those connected to it. It is best if you can wear a t-shirt and comfortable shorts or trousers. I will ask you to do simple movements to enable me to assess your mobility. If necessary tests such as neurological tests will be done and this would be explained.
Osteopathic treatment involves a variety of techniques, which include working on muscles, ligaments and joints to help improve how they work and reduce pain. Your treatment will be tailored to you and designed to help you improve as quickly as possible.
At the end of your treatment, you will be offered guidance on how to care for your immediate problem at home. As you improve you will be provided with further guidance and information to help reduce the likelihood of the problem recurring e.g., back care exercises.
Our follow up appointments are half an hour, and will involve a discussion on how your problem has progressed, followed by physical examination and treatment (again you will need your shorts and top). It varies how many treatments a patient is likely to need however most acute problems require 2-4 treatments. Some chronic problems will require 8-10 treatments spread out over a few months. Our goal is to help you heal and get back to enjoying life to its fullest.