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Why does the Osteopath need to know about my medical background?

It is very important your osteopath has as much information about you as possible, to decide whether it is safe and appropriate to treat you. It also help them chose the appropriate examination plan, diagnosis and prognosis.

Usually musculoskeletal pain is a simple mechanical problem that responds well to osteopathic treatment. However, occasionally an ache or pain may be caused by a more serious underlying problem. Your osteopath may refer you for further tests such as blood tests and x-rays to rule this out, or for urgent medical treatment if necessary.

All your personal details and your written notes will remain confidential according to the Data Protection Act 1988. If your osteopath feels it is necessary to contact your G.P. (or anyone else) they will ask you to sign a consent form first.