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Trigger points for an GP referral to an osteopath

  • When a patient needs advice and/or treatment for assistance with mobility, balance, pain management
  • When patients present with type 2 diabetes or at risk of developing it
  • Present history or increasing signs of mobility reduction
  • Increase in joint or back pain leading to reduced mobility

Trigger points for an osteopath referral to a GP

  • Identifying and referring at risk patients who present with diabetic symptoms, or problems with relating to type 2 diabetes that require medical attention
  • Weight changes for possible modification of insulin
  • Identify poor compliance and poor adherence to self management
  • Signs and symptoms of progression and worsening of diabetes such as neurological, vascular and ocular symptoms
  • Identify and monitor poor wound healing

Potential treatment by an osteopath

  • Assist patients with general health and well being education, including basic information on healthy eating and exercise prescription, techniques and treatment to alleviate pain and increase joint ROM and mobility
  • Assist and support self managed care e.g. through exercise and dietary advice
  • Management of musculoskeletal and neurological complications of diabetes
  • Monitoring vitals e.g. blood pressure etc
  • Examine for and monitor neurological involvement and progression 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 correctly, maintaining movement and balance
  • Treatment of muscle spasticity, hypertonicity, pain, altered muscle length