Medico-legal Reporting and Expert Witnesses
Osteopaths undergo 4 or 5 years of demanding and rigorous undergraduate training with a significant time spent in clinical training. Osteopathic practice is statutorily regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), one of the eight healthcare regulatory bodies. Osteopaths are trained to deal with trauma, especially the type of cases that solicitors often deal with in personal injuries from various causes including Motor Vehicle and Other Transport Accidents (MVOTAs) and Slips, Trips and Falls.
A large and significant proportion of Osteopathic training comprises management of musculoskeletal presentations similar to those sustained in such accidents. As practitioners, we have particular skills in isolating the cause of many musculoskeletal disorders; skills that are often of benefit to lawyers handling claims of whiplash and similar nature.
The osteopathic approach is oriented towards the mechanical functionality of the human body. In mainstream practice, Osteopaths treat conditions throughout the body ranging from the neck, back and spinal problems to peripheral joint conditions.
Osteopathic training, clinical skills and knowledge puts osteopaths in a unique position to aid the Court in the litigation process by working alongside solicitors with the growing number of personal injury claims and acting as expert witnesses.”