Osteopaths diagnose, treat and provide preventative advice about disorders that affect the body's musculoskeletal system, using manual techniques to alleviate stresses and dysfunction to improve the body's function.
Hospitals Pindara, Allamanda, Gold Coast University Hospital
Physiotherapy Clinics Hip to Toe
Osteopath do the following tasks:
Diagnose patients' complaints using information from case histories, physical examinations, observation of patients' body structure and mobility, and medical imaging and laboratory tests
Treat biomechanical complaints (including backache, general joint problems, sports injuries, arthritis, stress and repetitive strain injuries), some breathing problems (such as asthma) and a wide range of general medical complaints (headaches, for example)
Treat patients using a variety of manual techniques, such as soft tissue stretching, muscle relaxation, gentle mobilisation or manipulation
Treat children for the after-effects of birth trauma and childhood accidents
Devise exercise and nutritional programs.
Recording detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments
Referring patients to specialists and liaising with other Health Professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress
Educating patients, their partners, family and friends in therapeutic procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing
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