Osteopaths are trained to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. They are also trained to recognize health conditions that require investigation by another health professional. If osteopathic treatment is not appropriate for your injury, you will be given clear instructions about the next step to take.
An osteopath will gather information from your account of the accident and undertake a physical examination. With this information your osteopath can explain the likely cause of your pain or limitation. If any further investigation is required, you will be given clear instructions for how to access this.
Osteopaths are interested in why your injury happened to you, at the time that it did. They will be looking for the factors that made you vulnerable to this injury and the factors that may be hindering your recovery. This information is central in developing a plan for treatment. Osteopathic treatment is aimed at speeding up your recovery and preventing your injury from reoccurring.
Your osteopath will outline the things that you can do at home to assist with your recovery.