This is similar to any visit to a Registered Medical Practitioner. The Osteopath will want to know how the symptoms began and physical and other factors which affect them. After a medical history is taken a thorough examination is undertaken which may include orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examination. X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests, urinalysis or other tests may be requested. Do tell us about what drugs you are taking.
A thorough investigation and assessment of the patient's posture and structural state will lead to diagnosis. Treatment patterns will be explained to you and some idea of the time scale for your recovery, where appropriate. Examination and treatment is seldom painful despite the acute nature of many problems.
There should be time at the end of the first visit for the osteopath to discuss the diagnosis with you and give any advice on exercises, rest, diet or any special aids, (e.g. lumbar, knee or elbow supports, strapping, orthotics etc.) that may be required.