Osteopathy East, 41 Mare Street, Cordwainer House, London, E8 4RP.
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Osteopathy – where does it fit in your GP practice?

NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain.

  • The Department of Health is encouraging PCTs to commission skilled musculoskeletal professionals such as osteopaths.
  • BMA guidelines state that GPs can safely refer to statutorily-regulated professionals such as osteopaths.
  • Osteopaths have sound clinical training in musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) with primary care skills in triaging for pathology and referral to GPs if required for further investigations.

Osteopathy provides

  • Provision of musculoskeletal disorder service close to your patients’ locality.
  • Quick access for patients with MSDs, normally 2-3 days.
  • Continuity of treatment – patient sees the same practitioner.
  • Patients seen by practitioners skilled in clinical assessment and applied differential thinking.
  • Patient reassessment at each attendance.
  • The Osteopath will help develop self-support strategies and exercises appropriate for each patient.
  • No capital costs to the GP practice as all support staff and all resource costs are inclusive within fee set.
  • Osteopathic service provision has a low DNA rate along with high patient satisfaction.
  • An acknowledgement of clinical governance requirements.