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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to an osteopath

  • When a patient needs advice and/or treatment for assistance with mobility, balance, pain management
  • When immobility leads to back or point pain

Trigger points for an osteopath referral to a GP

  • Patient presents with neurological signs and symptoms that may indicated TIA, evolving stroke syndrome, stroke e.g. blurred vision, slurred speech thunderclap headache
  • Identify poor compliance and poor adherence to self-management

Potential treatment by an osteopath

  • Assist patients with general health and well-being education, particularly exercise prescription, techniques and treatments to alleviate pain and increase joint ROM and mobility
  • Role in management through monitoring vitals e.b. blood pressure etc
  • Provide exercise rehabilitation programs and assist in maintaining movement to increase the patient's quality of life
  • Examine for and monitor neurological involvement and progression through examination of cranial and peripheral nerves assessing myotomes, dermatomes, reflexes
  • Mobilisation, articulation and manipulation of joints to assist in ensuring mobility, function, ambulation, joint ROM are working
  • Treatment of muscle spasticity, hypertionicity, pain, altered muscle length