Initial Consultation - Case History and Examination
At your first visit your osteopath will take a detailed case history. This will include full past medical history, history of presenting complaint and questions on work, lifestyle and exercise. If you take any medications (prescription or over the counter) or supplements please bring a list of these along. A thorough case history allows your osteopath to have a complete picture of your overall health, helps to determine if there are any underlying conditions and aids in formulating a correct working diagnosis. If you have any relevant X-ray or MRI reports please bring them with you.
After the case history your osteopath will do an examination to check muscle tone, joint movements and posture. They may also do orthopaedic or neurological tests. These are usually painless but help with a more accurate diagnosis. For the examination you will be required to undress to your underwear. This will allow your osteopath to get a full picture of what is going on, the course of the problem may not be in the same area as your pain or discomfort. If you would prefer you can wear shorts or leggings and a vest/t-shirt. A towel will also be available if you would like some extra cover. The case history and examination may take up the most time during your first visit, however there is usually time for some treatment unless your case history is very long or complex.
If your osteopath feels that osteopathy is not suitable or feels more investigations are needed prior to treatment then they will refer you were appropriate, usually to your GP or other health care professional.
After the examination your osteopath with discuss their findings and proposed treatment plan with you. If you have any questions at any time please do not hesitate to ask. The aim is it build a plan that you are happy with.