On the first appointment we aim to give you a diagnosis of your condition and how best we can treat you. At this stage we will also give you any indication of how much or little treatment you should need. Our aim is to help you understand the nature of your condition and how you can help your self through exercise tailored to your condition and life style. To prevent further problems we will discuss the ergonomics of your working environment or home. We encourage patients to ask questions throughout the examination.

On your first visit we will take a clinical history. We will ask a series of questions such as when and how the condition started and how it affects you throughout your day. We also need to know past medical history and relevant medication. Please bring a list of medication that you are currently prescribed. If you have X-rays, MRI scans and or reports from Consultants that could be relevant please bring them along. Following this you will have an examination.

Please wear loose clothing. Depending on the nature of your complaint, you may be asked to undress. Please bring shorts if you prefer. For sports injuries, it is worth bringing the appropriate shoes/trainers. There are no two people alike so we will examine you as a whole taking into account posture and biomechanics, together with the joints above and below the area of pain/restriction, as these can also have a direct effect upon your condition. Following the examination we will make a diagnosis, discuss this with you and recommend a treatment plan. You will also receive treatment during this first session.


Patient protection

Registered Osteopaths - The Osteopathic Act was passed in 1993 and as a result of this a statutory regulatory body known as the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) was developed. Membership of the GOSC is mandatory for anyone wishing to practise as a Registered Osteopath: only those practitioners who have been assessed as safe and competent within osteopathic practice are licensed by the Council.

Chartered Physiotherapists - The titles "physiotherapist" and "physical therapist" have been protected by law since 2002, when the Health Professions Council (now the Health & Care Professions Council) HCPC came into existence. It is now illegal for anyone to call themselves a physiotherapist unless they are registered with the HCPC. Physiotherapy is an all degree profession and all physiotherapy degree programmes have to be formally approved and annually monitored by the HCPC. The term "state registered physiotherapist" no longer existrs. The term used is now "HCPC registered physiotherapist".


All the Physiotherapists at the Waterside Clinic are HCPC registered Physiotherapists, and all the Osteopaths practising at the clinic are Registered Osteopaths