In your initial consultation your Osteopath will take a comprehensive history of your presenting complaint, medical history, current medications, and lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise, occupation etc.) Next your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination (which may include active and passive movements) and, where relevant, orthopaedic and neurological testing in order to provide an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Due to the holistic nature of osteopathy, your osteopath may examine more than the site of pain and discomfort, looking at surrounding areas that may be contributing to the injury. For example, if you had a sore elbow, your osteopath may also look at your wrist, shoulder, upper back and neck.
At the initial consultation it is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes earlier so that you can fill in a new patient form. We also recommend bringing along any relevant imaging or imaging reports (x-rays, CT scans, MRI, ultrasound etc.) and a list of current medication.