When you visit us for the first time, a full Case History will be taken. This takes the form of a discussion regarding your present problem, your past medical history and your health in general. The Case History will give me an indication of the nature of your problem, and enable me to carry out appropriate examinations and tests to identify the exact cause of your complaint.
Typically, during the examination you will be asked to attempt certain movements to enable me to assess your mobility. The painful areas will be palpated to identify any areas of weakness, strain, dysfunction or specific injury. Other tests such as x-rays, blood pressure etc. may be carried out as required. You will normally be asked to remove some of your outer clothing as appropriate for the examination. (You are welcome to bring along a chaperone should you wish).
This process of taking a thorough case history, and carrying out appropriate tests is aimed at enabling me to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition, as well as any underlying factors which have prevented recovery, or may predispose you to future injury. This in turn enables me to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
I will take time to discuss with you the nature of your problem and to outline treatment options. I will explain what the treatment involves, and how quickly you should benefit. With few exceptions, treatment starts on the first visit.
Patient comfort and treatment effectiveness are the two key aims throughout my work at the Brentwood Clinic.
Terry Rulten Brentwood Osteopath