Your first visit

What happens on my first consultation?

Case History - Examination - Treatment - Advice

Case History

On your first visit to the clinic, we will take a case history from you. This includes your personal details (name, address, date of birth etc), a history of your presenting complaint, an outline of your past medical history and your current state of health.

Examination

Next comes the examination. In order to do this you will be asked to remove some of your clothing (leaving underwear on of course). If you are at all anxious about this, please feel free to bring along a partner or friend for 'moral support'. Also you may wish to bring some shorts, and hospital type gowns are available to use at the clinic if you prefer.

The nature of the examination will vary according to the complaint, but will usually involve looking at the function of the affected area and feeling the tissues to assess their state, e.g. spasm or inflammation. We may examine an area neurologically and feel the relative mobility and positions of the joints in detail.

Treatment

After the examination, we will discuss our findings with you and will explain the diagnosis. As long as the condition is suitable for osteopathic treatment, this will then follow. For an explanation of the types of techniqes that may be used to treat your complaint, please visit the " What Is Osteopathy" page.

Advice

You will be given advice on how to best manage your condition. This may include advice on appropriate medication, whether a visit to your GP is necessary, and general do's and don'ts for your problem. When the time is right you may also be shown exercises to help progress and maintain your recovery.