On your first osteopath visit I will spend some time taking a medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. With your consent I will then perform a physical examination which is likely to involve touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. I may also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available.
It may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing, so that I can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear I can suggest clothing, such as shorts and T Shirt, or close fitting garments, that will enable me to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable. You are welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease.
I will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve visiting the practice a few times for manual therapy, some exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes. I will discuss the likely cost of this treatment and ask for your consent to begin treatment. If I believe that your condition would not be improved with osteopathic treatment I will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining the diagnosis and why I feel osteopathic treatment would not help you.