All visits to an Osteopath begin with a thorough case history taking, where questions are asked about your problem and symptoms, as well as other potentially relevant areas, such as your general medical history, other medical care you are receiving and medication you are taking.
After the case history, a thorough examination and any relevant clinical tests are performed. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests as well as postural assessments, active and passive movements and exercises. As Osteopathy takes a whole body approach to problems, areas other than that which is troubling a patient may also be examined. For example, if you have a sore knee, looking at the ankle, hip, pelvis and lower back may be necessary.
Once the examination and clinical tests have been performed, a clear explanation of what has been found (diagnosis) along with the treatment plan will be discussed. This includes the benefits and any risks of the treatment which is recommended. A treatment plan is always based on an individual’s needs, as each injury and problem is unique, so too will treatment vary from person to person. A patient will be advised if they have a serious condition which cannot be treated and if a referral to a doctor or hospital is required. If this is the case, a letter explaining the situation will be provided.