At the first consultation:
This appointment is the longest as your practitioner needs to go through a thorough and complete case history regarding the current complain, medical history, occupation, life-style etc.
We use this time to gather information that will give us a full picture of who our patient is and this will assist us to offer them the best management.
It is a significant part of the consultation and it is important to settle trust between the patient and their osteopath.
There will be then the physical examination part of the appointment, starting with a general standing examination, assessing posture, mechanics and obvious pattern and dysfunctions. The rest of the examination will depend on the patient’s presentation, and can include some tests, movements active and passive, palpation etc. Aiming to find and understand the origin of the problem.
A discussion with the patient about our diagnosis and our understanding will take place, outlaying what we would like to address and how, and how many treatments we think are appropriate.
Together, we build a plan of action, according to patient’s needs and expectations, which will aim to help the patient to gain back their health and agency.
Then we proceed with treatment, with communication and information to the patient.
At the end of the treatment, advise and recommendations will be given, which can include exercise, stretches or referral if appropriate.
Shorter and sometimes more hands on, this is a follow-up, where the patient gives updates on their state, reaction to previous treatment, or recent changes, and treatment follows.