FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?
No you don't need a doctors referral to come in!
However doctors will commonly refer a client to see an osteopath to help with a medical diagnosis, in particular a musculoskeletal complaint.
Osteopaths are not able to provide a medical diagnosis, so if you are after a medical diagnosis it is best to see your family physician to get this. Regardless of having a diagnosis or not your osteopath is still able to provide treatment that may help ease your discomfort.
Other Health Practitioners that commonly refer their clients to an osteopath include: family physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, nutritionists, surgeons, podiatrists and many more.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
Upon booking your appointment you will be sent a new patient form. It is important to fill this out prior to your appointment as it includes important information about your health history that may be relevant to your appointment.
Your appointment will then involve a discussion over your current discomfort/complaint, a discussion of your health history before an examination of your area of discomfort which may include some diagnostic tests and a movement screen. Relevant treatment will then be provided which may include massage techniques, muscle energy techniques and joint articulation. You may then be given some at home management to do which may involve correct desk set up, stretches or strengthening exercises. If a medical diagnosis is required a referral to your family physician will then be given.
WHAT TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE DO YOU ACCEPT?
Sarah is a member of the AONB (Association of Osteopaths of New Brunswick) which enables clients to claim her services through their health insurance. Every health insurance is different, so it is best to contact your insurer prior to your appointment to see if you are covered for osteopathy. Most insurers may require you to pay for your appointment upfront before claiming it back.