If you are visiting an orthopedic specialist for the first time, you may feel anxious or nervous. After all, it is normal to have questions about what to expect. The more prepared and informed you are, the more comfortable and confident you will feel when meeting with your orthopedic specialist. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the common elements of an initial orthopedic appointment so that you know what to expect and can make the most out of your visit!
What to Bring To Your Appointment
At a minimum, it is important to bring your insurance card and a form of identification (driver’s license or passport) to your appointment. It is also helpful to bring a list of medications you are currently taking (including dosages) and any special notes from your primary care provider or other specialists regarding your condition. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants or sweatpants because the doctor may want to examine different parts of your body as part of their evaluation.
The Evaluation Process
Your initial visit with an orthopedic specialist typically includes a comprehensive medical history review, physical examination, diagnostic tests (X-rays, CT scans), and possibly an MRI scan depending on the nature of your condition. During this process, they will ask questions about how long you have been experiencing pain or discomfort in certain areas as well as any prior trauma that might be relevant. They will also check for signs and symptoms related to possible injuries or underlying conditions such as arthritis. After gathering this information, they will assess which treatment plan is best for you based on their diagnosis.
Based on their findings from the evaluation process, the doctor may recommend one or more treatment options including physical therapy, medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), injections (steroid or other types), lifestyle changes such as losing weight if needed, surgery if necessary in severe cases, or simply rest and activity modification/avoidance if it is appropriate for managing pain levels safely. They may also refer you to another specialist if further investigation is needed before making a diagnosis or determining a course of action. Depending on your particular case and preferences, these decisions may be made in consultation with both the doctor and yourself before proceeding with any type of treatment plan.
Overall, it is important to remember that every individual’s case is unique in terms of diagnosis and treatment options available. At Robert Swift Orthopedics our experienced team will provide personalized attention and guidance during each step of the process so that together we can find the best solution for you! We hope this blog post has been helpful in providing some insight into what to expect during an initial visit with Dr Robert Swift - Orthopedics! We value the relationships we form with each patient, and believe that goes a long way in improving their health care outcomes. Give us a call to find out how I can help you today.