Is There Such a Thing as the Best Osteopath or Doctor in London?

This is not such a strange question as it would be interesting to see where this arrives on a web search when someone tries to google for it. Someone, maybe you, have searched for it. Indeed, when I have just searched it, my Harley Street Colleague comes up on the first page and so, I work with the best. Will the Web make me the best?

There have been countless times when someone has come to me after having seen ‘the best orthopaedic surgeon is London’  and is still not better or even worse.

The story is a common one: “Dr, I am still in pain after the surgery and it has been months since now”. Doctor replies: “The X-rays are clear, the screws are in the right place, the wound has healed, I am happy with the way the surgery went”. “But Dr, I am in pain still and it is even worse sometimes”. “Hmm, let me give you the number of a physiotherapist or psychiatrist”. What, actually, does it mean when a doctor so often tells you he is happy with the way something went? “What did the doctor say?” “He said he was HAPPY!” Are they also thankful to us for always making them happy? We all should be happy as doctors after surgery!

Indeed, there are so many relatives and friends who advise that “you have to see my doctor, he is the best!” and they turn out to be the worst – for that person.

The best osteopath or doctor or dentist is the one that helps you! So many people will search looking for the best and pay good money for it. A friend recently told me how he had seen a specialist who was fantastic because he put his worries to rest. He had seen someone who could explain in his own language what was wrong, the prognosis and the plan of action. I had never heard of this particular doctor but for this friend, he was the best.

Interestingly, it happens so often too that a patient may come in because their own best osteopath is out of town. “My osteopath does this and he/she does that and he /she is great and that is what I want you to do – exactly the same!” Well, I can tell at the outset how that treatment is going to go – badly. Because you cant be someone else and prior set impressions fortell a recovery.

I learned this from a lovely  and highly respected Harley Street endodontist called Howard. He came in one day and told me he had had  a horrendous day. He does thousands of root canals and can probably do them with his eyes closed, though I would not volunteer to be the one to try. A lady had come in to see him with her figurative arms crossed and an air of ‘you cant help me’. He knew where this would lead to – a not-so-good result. How can this be? Is it not just like connecting the dots? When you have done it so many times, how can one go wrong? I spoke about this with a surgeon, who told of experiences with people who had this ‘negative air’ and even under general anaesthetic, when negative attitudes should not matter, they faired worse in common procedures with poorer outcomes. Of course, this is  not entirely fair. Things can go wrong and doctors can make mistakes as can we all and most often they are not mistakes but a strange roll of the dice. It is not the patient nor the doctor but an unforseeable result.

There is such a thing as the best osteopath but only with the best patient. In other words, both must have the same goal. An honest approach by both is essential in all spheres of medicine. This together with professional experience and the desire for the best and to be the best for that person will result in healing. Thankfully, this happens the greater majority of the time.


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