Osteopaths are trained to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. They are also trained to recognize health conditions that require investigation by another health professional. If your osteopath is concerned that osteopathic treatment may not be safe 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 the reasons 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 an injury from happening again.
Your osteopath will outline the things that you can do at home to assist with your recovery.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
When you have sustained an injury, ACC may contribute to the cost of your osteopathic care. Please discuss this with your osteopath.
If your injury is covered by ACC, your osteopath can assist you in making a claim.