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I want to make sure all my new patients feel welcome, heard, and taken care of. During your first visit, we will review your personal goals and any presenting complaints and medical history.
For diagnosis, we gather a head to toe picture of movement restrictions and tender areas.
This includes free digital posturography for you. This can be a great help to get a grasp on what I’m suggesting we do to help you achieve your goals.
From there, I will explain any issues and help you choose options for treatment that you are comfortable with.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.
Am I required to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes you should arrive early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out initial paperwork.
Why am I asked to complete paperwork?
We will need to record your medical history to assist in discussing treatment options.
Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.
What should I wear?
It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, you may be asked to undress to your underwear. If this is the case you will be offered a gown.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. Minors must have the parent or guardian present in the room at all times.
What happens at my first consultation?
I will ask about your problems and symptoms. This will include your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem.
If I think there is a reason I cannot treat you safely and effectively, I will refer.
There will be an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active movements. This means you will move independently of me but other times I will ask to take control of regions of your body for assessment purposes. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear.
Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to treatment. I will look at the area that is troubling you as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, I may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
I may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.
What if my condition changes over time?
It is important you report if your medical condition changes over time. This includes any new injuries or change of medications.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment I give is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, I will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.
There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.
You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, please call me to discuss your concerns.
How long will my appointment take?
Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable me to take a thorough history, examination and depending upon your condition, treat you.
Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Please check appointment length when booking.
How many appointments will I need?
This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment.
I will discuss this with you.
How much does an appointment cost?
The costs of an appointment varies from practice to practice and across the country – ask when booking.
Are there additional investigations or treatments?
Following treatment, I may decide that additional investigations such as X-ray, scans or blood tests are required. You may be referred to another health professional if this is the best option for you.
We typically proceed with test and retest of the regions of concern so you get a good idea of what has changed in that session and then finally what it is you can do between visits if you should need another.
Most private health insurers recognise Osteopathy if ancillary or allied health are included
Medicare rebates may be applicable under the chronic health care plan a GP can administer with you
DVA claimants are also welcome
Have any questions?
Get in touch at mullumbimby (02) 6684 6336 or Byron (02) 6685 8366