What can I expect on my first visit to the clinic?
Our friendly reception staff will welcome you and complete some simple registration forms.
The therapist will take a full and thorough history including any relevant medical history. We will ask lots of questions about the problem including how it started, how your condition progressed, where you feel your pain/symptoms along with what aggravates and eases them. We may discuss your sports training and work.
We will then fully examine the area and take a closer look at the area involved and we will of course maintain your modesty and dignity at all times. We will then perform a series of movements and specific tests followed by the therapist using their hands to feel for any tenderness or abnormalities of the area.
A clear diagnosis, will always be given, where possible. Our view is that it is important for you to know what your problem is and an illustration of this will often involve diagrams and the use of anatomical models to allow easy understanding. Please ask as many questions as you like, the better you understand your injury, the better feedback you can give us during your recovery.
We will then explain our suggested treatment plan including what techniques we will use and what you can do yourself to help your condition. Your first session will usually involve treatment unless the referring party have only authorised you to be assessed or your condition is particularly complicated in which case we may need to spend longer than usual on the examination. Treatment is always performed with your consent.
Following our initial assessment, should treatment be inappropriate, we will advise you on the best way forward, make any onward referrals on your behalf or advise your GP of any action we feel maybe necessary.
Dear David, I am writing to let you know that I am perfectly happy with the treatment received and can honestly say that my neck feels 100% better and I have taken up swimming again with no adverse effects.
With regards to the mark on my back which you suggested I talked to my doctor about I am now awaiting to see a Dermatologist. My Dr. did inform me that it is skin cancer (slow growing) so I would like to 'Thank you' very much indeed for being very alert on these matters and suggesting I see a doctor.
Thank you once again!