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Before embarking on any treatment, consider how effective and safe it is.
Explore and ask about alternatives. What are the pros and cons? Consider how the treatment may impact your lifestyle.
Is the treatment supported by health and social services? Talk to your doctor, consultant and medical team. Ask for further information about the treatment. Ask if they think it's beneficial.
It can be important to have the agreement of your medical team. Some treatments, such as physiotherapy, may need follow-up at your local hospital. There would be little point paying a lot of money for a treatment if your GP or hospital can't provide the follow-up care.
Especially if it's a fairly new treatment, it’s important to check that it has been properly researched and evaluated by independent experts.
If it's not available in the UK, it’s even more important to check that:
Information should be in plain English, even if it is a medical or surgical procedure. Take information away so you can read it carefully. Note any questions or things you don't understand.
Questions to ask:
If you experience a “hard sell” approach or are made to feel guilty if you don’t agree to the treatment, walk away. No reputable company, practitioner or health care provider will pressure you to have treatment unless it is life-saving. They may make recommendations, but the final decision is yours.
Try to get a clear understanding of what the treatment is expected to achieve. Ask:
All treatments or therapies will, in practice, mean that they may be unsuitable for people with certain conditions or in certain situations. This is called a contraindication. Even basic massage may not be appropriate if you have varicose veins, recent scar tissue or even a temporary contagious illness like a cold or flu. It’s important to ask questions about when you shouldn't have the treatment.
Consider what may happen if something goes wrong, particularly if you are travelling overseas for treatment.
Scope does not endorse or recommend any treatments or therapies. Always consult a doctor or medical practitioner before starting or paying for any therapy.
If you are undergoing a treatment that lies outside mainstream health care, be aware that some treatments and therapies suit some people more than others.
In a condition like cerebral palsy where the effects are different for each individual, a therapy may suit one person but not another.
Scope does not endorse or recommend any treatments or therapies.
Always consult a doctor or medical practitioner before starting or paying for any therapy.
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Hello, I currently work at Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales which provides therapy for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Hello, I wonder if I could possibly ask advice of those of you who have been here before.
This discussion was created from comments split from: Hi, I'm Gill, I'm a full-time PSHE Specialist.
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