Osteopaths cleared of inadequate clinical investigation/treatment and failure to respond to neurological symptoms

The registrant was jointly charged with another osteopath regarding various allegations relating to a patient who alleged a severe reaction during a routine treatment. The patient was being treated for hip and leg pain and alleged that during treatment by two osteopaths he was showing signs that should have prompted further neurological assessment and emergency referral. The patient was later diagnosed with a disc prolapse at C4/C5 and underwent a discectomy with cage stabilization.

Following cross-examination of the patient, the Professional Conduct Committee noted a number of inconsistencies in his evidence and found the osteopaths to be credible witnesses. The Committee further accepted that the symptoms reported by the patient (many of which were not agreed) were not indicative of a central nervous system lesion and that the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of the patient were all consistent with good practice.