At your first visit, we’ll take a history of symptoms and perform a physical examination. If you already have x-rays, MRIs or other diagnostic images, please bring them with you. We may order other tests and images during your visit to confirm a diagnosis. Once we determine your diagnosis, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your particular medical needs.
While many patients want to discuss in great detail the exact event which may have caused their injury, the most important information your health care team needs involves your symptoms (such as where you have pain, weakness, numbness, etc.) and what limitations these symptoms place on your everyday activities. Please take the time to write down this information.
After reviewing your medical history and diagnostic tests, you will be presented with a number of treatment options. We will inform you of the risks and benefits of each option and will assist you in making the final decision concerning which option is best for you.
If you have an emergency after normal office hours, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room where you will be evaluated by the emergency room physician. They will be in direct contact with your doctor.