At our practice we treat all sorts of mechanical joint and soft tissue injuries, but occasionally a patient will present with an undiagnosed medical condition that warrants referral to a GP or specialist. Sometimes these are orthopaedic problems, as you would expect, such as knee or hip arthritis that is severe enough to need joint replacement or an injury that needs an injection or a scan. Some patients present with conditions that may mimic a musculoskeletal problem, but is actually referred pain from an internal organ or disease process. Occasionally we pick up early stage neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Our team of Osteopaths are very experienced at undertaking a thorough case history and physical examination, and as such are well placed to help identify these conditions. If our index of suspicion is raised, we will usually explain that further investigations may be required and explain why, and then if the patient consents we will write to the patient’s doctor with our findings. Because osteopaths study anatomy and physiology for a minimum of four years, concentrating specifically on the neuromuscular and nervous systems, we are often aware of early pathological or functional changes in the neuromuscular system.
Traditionally neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease are treated with medication, such as Dopamine. However, modern research is making huge progress with things such as stem cell therapy and drug reassignment.
Organizations such as the Cure
Parkinson’s Trust work to raise funds to further research in these fields, and our practice is keen to support the work such organizations undertake.
To this end Jo Clarkson, one of the osteopaths will be participating in a fundraising walk in August. If you would like to know more about this or wish to donate any funds to this cause, please pop in to the practice or contact us.
01536 512927 www.ketteringosteopaths.co.uk
Kettering Osteopaths. 32 Headlands.Kettering NN157HP