Osteopaths are skilled hands on manual therapists that assess and treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. They use a range of hands on techniques to ease pain and enhance function of the muscles, ligaments and joints. They will be able to give you an understanding of what is causing your pain and provide you with the best advice and management to help you recover from injury.
Neck and back pain | Headaches | Shoulder injuries | Elbow & wrist injuries | Hip & knee injuries | Sciatica | Repetitive strain and overuse injuries | Tendonitis | Lower back injuries
They can also refer patients for X-rays, ultrasounds and MRI scans where indicated. Some of these scans are eligible for medicare rebate however MRIs are an out of pocket cost.
What should you expect from Osteopathic Treatment?
Your osteopath will take a detailed history about your presenting complaint and any relevant information regarding your medical history. They will assess your injury by using movements and tests applied to the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons around the region.
After assessment, your osteopath will tell you what they think is causing your injury and help you to understand how your injury occurred. With a diagnosis, they can then use manual therapy techniques to ease your pain and restore movement to the injured area. Osteopaths are also highly trained in manipulation or high velocity thrust techniques, which may be used to help alleviate joint pain and improve movement.
Throughout the treatment, your osteopath will educate you about your condition and provide you with advice on how to manage your injury, including the use of heat/ice, stretching, exercise prescription and activity modification and management. Initial consultations can take up to 45 minutes, with return appointments lasting for 30 minutes.