Your first visit is really a fact-finding mission for us so that we can understand your particular needs and plan how to best meet them. Expect to spend at least 30-45 minutes in the office for this important first step in your treatment.
• Signing In
When you come to our office, we ask that you sign in so we can better serve you. Please include your email address, if you have one, so that we can email reminders and news articles – with your permission! If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you so that we may check your coverage. Our office staff will make a photocopy for your file.
To understand your particular situation, we need you to fill out an initial health status form.
• Interview with the Doctor
Once you have finished the paperwork and we have any insurance information, the doctor will see you in an examination room. The doctor will speak with you about your concerns, your condition, and your current circumstances. He will go over your medical history and review any medications you may be taking – both over the counter and prescriptions.
• Physical Exam
Once the doctor has a good understanding of your present state of health, he will then perform a physical examination. This may include orthopedic, neurological, range of motion, and strength tests. These measures are necessary to determine if further diagnostic tests may be needed, which may include, but are not limited to:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
These tests will be scheduled at another facility and a follow-up visit will be needed.
• First Aid, If Necessary
If, at your first visit, you are in considerable discomfort and need immediate relief from pain, the doctor will administer appropriate first aid and treatment. However, if your injury is extensive, the doctor may need to defer further treatment until diagnostic test results are available. This is for your own safety, as the doctor’s first priority is to your health and well-being; he does not want to worsen any underlying injuries that may be aggravated.
• Follow-Up Visit: Report of Findings
If your circumstances have warranted further diagnostic tests like those mentioned above, the doctor will review the results with you at a follow-up visit. Here, you will discover what your current state of health is, and, with the doctor, decide on a course of treatment