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Information for Healthcare Professionals

A recent MRC trial comparing treatment options for lower back pain (UK BEAM Trial), found that spinal manipulation, added to GP care, is clinically effective and the most cost-efficient option for patients in the UK (1).

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation primarily of musculoskeletal disorders. Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body and aid its intrinsic ability to heal. Following a detailed case history and examination, treatment is based on mobilising, manipulative and massage techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.

WHAT TRAINING DO OSTEOPATHS RECEIVE?

At undergraduate level, a four to five year BSc Honours degree programme with extensive clinical training from the outset. Osteopaths are committed to lifelong learning through a system of mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

ARE OSTEOPATHS REGULATED?

YES – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is one of the 13 health and social care regulatory organisations in the UK.
The GOsC regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a Statutory Register of those entitled to practise osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the high standards of safety and competency are eligible to join this register. Proof of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover is also a requirement.

CAN GPs REFER PATIENTS TO AN OSTEOPATH?

YES – osteopaths are statutorily regulated health professionals and form an integral part of primary care teams.

GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath. Guidelines are published by the General Medical Council and British Medical Association (2, 3).

Increasingly, osteopaths are working alongside GPs, providing treatment both privately and through the NHS.

WHAT CONDITIONS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR REFERRAL?

A wide range of musculoskeletal disorders including back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and sport and work-related injuries respond especially well to osteopathic treatment.
Other commonly treated conditions include sciatica, pregnancy care, arthritic pain and trapped nerves.

WHY REFER TO AN OSTEOPATH?

Problems such as back pain cost the NHS and industry billions of pounds a year. Information suggests that:

  1. Osteopathy reduces the number of subsequent GP consultations for the presenting condition(s).
  2. Osteopathy reduces the amount and cost of painkilling drugs prescribed.
  3. Patients obtain relief from symptoms more effectively through osteopathy and return to work sooner.
  4. Early and appropriate use of osteopathy in the community saves money on hospital outpatient referrals and helps to reduce the pressure on waiting lists (4).

I am happy to offer treatment at a discounted rate of £35 to any patient you may refer throughout 2012. Further concessions are available to OAPs, unemployed and students.

Other commonly treated conditions include sciatica, pregnancy care, arthritic pain and trapped nerves.

WHY REFER TO AN OSTEOPATH?

Problems such as back pain cost the NHS and industry billions of pounds a year. Information suggests that:

  1. Osteopathy reduces the number of subsequent GP consultations for the presenting condition(s).
  2. Osteopathy reduces the amount and cost of painkilling drugs prescribed.
  3. Patients obtain relief from symptoms more effectively through osteopathy and return to work sooner.
  4. Early and appropriate use of osteopathy in the community saves money on hospital outpatient referrals and helps to reduce the pressure on waiting lists (4).

I am happy to offer treatment at a discounted rate of £35 to any patient you may refer throughout 2012. Further concessions are available to OAPs, unemployed and students.

REFERENCES

1. UK Back Pain Exercise And Manipulation (UK BEAM) Trial, Medical Research Council (2004).

2. Good Medical Practice: General Medical Council (2001).

3. Referrals To Complementary Therapists. Guidance for GPs: General Practitioners’ Committee, British Medical Association (1999).

4.General Osteopathic Council

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The London Road Clinic
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Bath BA1 6AN

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