If you are a first-time patient at Finchley Osteopaths North London, you will need to give us some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances. You may come with a friend or a member of your family or in cases of minors, a chaperone is welcome
At the first consultation your Osteopath will take a full medical history (please bring any relevant test results and prescribed medications), examine the affected area and make a structural assessment. You may also discuss any health-related issues and concerns and learn about potential treatment options.
History and examination
In order to pinpoint your problem, your Osteopath will ask you a number of questions related to your condition. A variety of conventional medical tests may be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
MRI or Ultrasound scan/X-rays/Blood tests
Your specific condition may require your Osteopath to take further tests, either to rule out more serious conditions or to assist the Osteopath in assessing the most effective treatment plan for you. Private referral for these tests can be arranged and treatment may be postponed until the results are known. Safety is always a priority.
If further tests are not required, treatment is usually given at the first consultation.
Same day treatment
Once the examination is complete, the diagnosis and treatment plan are explained. Patients will generally have their first treatment during this same visit. This may include gentle stretching, articulation, massage and manipulation which can cause a joint to click. Gentler release techniques are often used, particularly when treating the very young or elderly patients.
What should I wear?
In order to perform a thorough examination it is necessary to see the affected areas and test adjacent or distant joints or other structures. You may be asked to undress down to your underwear (especially in cases of lower back pain). If required, a surgical gown can be provided.
You may be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises.
Scheduling the next appointment
Regular treatment is essential to the process. We arrange our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen again within 3 days or more and are provided with a complete review of findings. The long term prognosis may also be discussed.