The title of this blog is not just a play on words from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. It is also the question that most Osteopaths ask themselves each time they see a new patient.
Osteopaths take a holistic approach when it comes to treating musculoskeletal disorders relating to muscles, ligaments, nerves joints cartilage, tendons and the general skeletal system.
They also identify any underlying factors to get to the root cause of the problem. Which is why Osteopathy can not only help ease specific conditions, but also work towards improving your overall health.
Osteopaths are trained to degree level, with courses usually lasting four or five years. These are a combination of academic studies, research and more than 1,000 hours of hands-on patient-facing training.
An important part of the training is about establishing whether the symptoms that patients present with require further medical investigation or a referral.
Registered Osteopath Robin Kiashek graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine. He has since gone on to add a number of other qualification strings to his bow. Robin said: “I work with patients to address their presenting symptoms and understand causative factors to promote ongoing health.
“Much of my initial process is around ruling out other pathologies. As a member of the General Osteopathic Council – the body that promotes patient safety by setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct – I am committed to helping my patients achieved optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.”
At an initial consultation Robin spends around 30 minutes taking a detailed patient history. This includes physical and emotional lifestyle factors. Then he moves on to a physical examination.
And if there any indicators that further investigation or medical involvement would be appropriate then he won’t hesitate to make a referral.
For example, earlier this year, a patient came to Robin after two trips to a local hospital with lower back and abdominal pain. Both times she had been sent home without being examined and painkillers had been prescribed.
Robin explains: “I conducted a physical examination and it was immediately clear that this pain was not going to be cured by painkillers. I wrote a letter referring the patient to A&E. The diagnosis was eventually a stone in the ureter. And that required follow-up treatment.”
Face to face with your Osteopath
Osteopaths are classed as key workers. Therefore, Robin has been able to keep both his clinics open during lockdown. He adheres to all government guidelines of course and, being a sole practitioner, patients are not sitting in a crowded waiting room.
Obviously, changes and concessions to face to face medical appointments had to be made during the past year. But it’s reassuring for patients to know that face to face Osteopathy is still available should they be in pain. And that Osteopaths not only have the skills to provide treatment but also the training to know when to refer.
So, patients really are in safe hands.
If you are in pain then don’t hesitate to get in touch.