Q 1. What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?

A : At the first consultation, Hussein will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet.  He may also observe you making some simple movements to help make a diagnosis.  You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined so it is best to wear underwear that that you will both be comfortable in and will be able to move around freely in. Hussein will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.  If he thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care.
Q 2. Can I claim on my private medical insurance?

A : Many private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment.  It may be possible to claim for a course of treatment but you should check in advance with your insurance company before seeking treatment, in order to confirm the available level of cover and whether you will need to have a referral from your GP or a specialist.
Q 3. Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?

A : Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment.  Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
Q 4. How do I know if an osteopath is registered?

A : All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. 
Q 5. Do I need to bring anything with me?

A : If you have any results from relevant tests or x-rays, this would be useful for Hussein to see but he has years of experience in diagnosing without any historical assistance.
Q 6. Will I be given follow up exercises to do?

A : Hussein always develops a bespoke set of exercises for the patient, based on a simple chronology of Strengthening, Stretching and Mobilising the area undergoing treatment.
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