Preparing for your Appointment

It is always a good idea to prepare for your physician’s visit ahead of time. Think about
the topics you would like to discuss, questions you have and any other issues that you
would like to bring up. In addition to the questions that you have prepared to ask your
physician, don’t hesitate to ask questions during your appointment at any time if you do
not understand something.

What to Expect From Your Physician

Your Physician is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them
may leave time to go over any points you may want to discuss further.

Your Physician may ask:

  • What are your main symptoms?
  • How long have you had your symptoms?
  • What were you doing when your symptoms started?
  • Have you had this problem in the past?
  • What was the diagnosis?
  • How was it treated?
  • How and when did an injury occur? How was it treated?
  • Have you had any injuries in the past to the same area? Do you have any continuing problems because of the previous injury?
  • Have you ever had surgery in that area?
  • What activities, related to sports, work, or your lifestyle, make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Do you think that activities related to your job or hobbies caused your symptoms?
  • What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they help?
  • What nonprescription medicines have you taken? Did they help?

Bring to Your Appointment

Download and complete the new patient forms prior to your appointment. To have the very best possible encounter it is important that you bring all the necessary items with you to your appointment:

  • Referral (if your insurance requires one)
  • Photo ID
  • Medical insurance card
  • Co-pay
  • Medical records – Any medical records pertaining to the condition you will be evaluated for, including past surgery
  • X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s – Please bring films and/or disc of images, not just report
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • A complete medication list with the names and the dosage you are taking.

*If you are being seen for a knee or shoulder exam, please bring shorts or tank top

Remember that patient involvement always results in better care and a more satisfying physician-patient relationship.