Hombre con casco en patineta
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Part of your Osteopathy treatment is your diagnosis, first we need to find out what needs treating. Once a correct diagnosis is made your treatment will be more effective.
The diagnosis consists of a series of questions to find out in more detail, how and when, how long etc your presenting problem has been there. After I have finished asking a series of questions about your problem some visual and motion tests are done; to check symmetry, or active movement to gauge range or movement.
Another group of tests are called Orthopaedic special tests. These are done on specific muscles or areas and help the diagnostic process. Generally, they are “pain” positive, meaning, that when the area is tested or stress, it causes pain. They will show the specific tissues that are dysfunctional or lack structural integrity. The test results will show a high probability of having say, a torn meniscus, or tendinopathy in your shoulder. Sometimes your treatment is the diagnosis, if you have suspected tissue damage you will be sent to the relevant professional for images and further tests.
Once you have the results of your tests, then your future treatment can be decided.
A case in point is Nick Lomax, he came in for a treatment after struggling with a knee that wasn’t quite getting better(he is a street skater). After running a few of the tests and talking to him about how his knee felt, and what it was stopping him doing, we decide the best course of action was some lymphatic drainage on the knee, and if there was no improvement to get an MRI, to validate whether what he had was a torn meniscus. There was poor progress, so he took the MRI. He was positive for a torn meniscus and subsequently decided to have surgery.
If you have never seen street skating, take a look at this. It’s for the brave…. you can see when his knee injury happened