Common conditions treated by an osteopath

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A patient could seek treatment from an osteopath for a number of reasons. The conditions that an osteopath will provide treatment for are varied but include back pain, changes to posture caused by pregnancy, sports injuries, arthritic pain and postural problems caused by work or driving. They will treat a wide cross section of patients; young people, older people, professionals, sports people and manual workers. In fact osteopathy is suitable for most people and professions.

Osteopaths are fully trained and qualified medical professionals and will refer you back to your GP or another suitable medical practitioner if you visit them with a condition that they would be unable to treat. Even if you are referred to the osteopath by your GP, if they feel this is the wrong treatment path, you will be referred back to your GP if your osteopath believes they would be unable to help you.

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and they are required to renew their registration every year. The General Osteopathic Council provide osteopaths with a licence to practice which is renewed annually providing that the osteopath has current professional indemnity insurance, remains in good health and is of good character and has met the mandatory CPD (continuing professional development) requirements.

Common conditions treated by osteopathy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Headaches
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain

It is reported that patients have also found osteopathy to be of help for conditions such as digestive problems, circulatory issues, neuralgia and problems when it comes to sleeping. In essence, osteopathy can by helpful when treating a vast number of medical conditions.

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