When you see the osteopath for the first time, you will be asked questions about the problem you are presenting with, your medical history, general health and lifestyle. Some questions may seem irrelevant but it is important to get a detailed picture of your condition and health to give you the best quality care.
After taking the case history, you may be asked to undress to your underwear depending on the area to be examined. Your comfort is paramount so please feel free to bring a pair of light shorts to change into.
The examination may involve observation of your posture, an assessment of your mobility, possibly nerve testing. A diagnosis based on the history and examination findings will be made, or it may be suggested that further tests via your GP are necessary to aid the diagnosis. Treatment, if appropriate, is included in the first visit.
As an osteopath I wish to make decisions about your care and treatment with you. This means that I will continually keep you informed of the care/treatment I propose, the benefits of that care/treatment, any risks that may be associated with it. This will help you make informed decisions about your care/treatment. The information I give will be specific to you, your age, current health and presenting symptoms.
A patient’s active involvement in their recovery is very important and I often give advice re exercise, lifestyle and posture. If you have any questions or concerns at any point please do not hesitate to voice them.
The first visit will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, subsequent sessions will last approximately 30 minutes.