Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Preparing For your Orthopedic Appointment

Going to your orthopedic appointment is no less different than preparing to go see your family doctor for an appointment or treatment. You still have to prepare yourself. Be punctual; you are strongly advised to arrive 15-30 minutes early than your scheduled appointment to allow time to complete your health questionnaire, with all the necessary details on your medical condition and history. Being late not only aggravates your doctor, but the other patients, as well. 

To arrive earlier than the set time, be vigilant of any travel issues or delays on the road, and stay on top of driving conditions, road construction detours, and parking requirements. Make sure you understand the specific location for your appointment or treatment, as it is common for orthopedic centers to see patients at different locations when the circumstances call for it. Plan your driving itinerary and take the roads with the least congestion at the time you’re expected to be on the road.

Dress accordingly, so that the specific part of the body needing examination can be closely looked at. If you’re nursing a knee injury, for instance, wear shorts to your appointment. For examination on the upper body parts, wear a simple tee, or a top with as few buttons as possible. 

Be sure to bring with you all documentation regarding your meds and other relevant medical records, including X-rays, MRIs, and lab test results on your condition or injury, to ensure a smooth consultation with your orthopedic doctor.

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