You're probably excited by the prospect of liberating yourself from debilitating pain -- and our providers at Coastal Neurosurgery and Spine are delighted to help you achieve that goal. But along with that excitement, you might also be feeling a bit of anxiousness. What should you do before your appointment to make it go as smoothly as possible? What can you expect from your visit? What will you need to follow up on after the appointment? Let's take a look at the entire process surrounding that all-important initial visit.
You'll want to make the most of your valuable time when you're visiting -- so the more prepared you are, the better. One step you can take right now is to download the necessary new patient forms so you can fill them out in advance.
It's also important to gather any documents or other information that relates to your current condition. This information may include old X-rays, MRI’s, medical history data, and any journal of symptoms you may have been keeping. You may want to go ahead and write out your current symptoms, questions and concerns so you don't forget to discuss any of them with your practitioner. For instance, you could ask:
Your first appointment with your provider will include a detailed discussion of your current symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, work habits, stress levels, diet, and any other factors that might be affecting your condition. A physical evaluation will confirm the underlying cause of your pain. If you've been evaluated and diagnosed by any of our Providers you may be ready to proceed with a treatment plan. This treatment may consist of:
Pain management is an ongoing journey which doesn't end the moment you exit your first appointment. Your Provider will recommend a specific number of treatment sessions over specific intervals of time; you must keep these appointments if you want to receive the full benefit of the treatments you're receiving. You must also follow your post-appointment instructions regarding medication, activity restrictions, exercises, and other practices to help you control your pain between visits. We are all about outcomes and results so working together on this path to a better you is. A Partnership we take seriously.
Our goal is to improve and maintain your overall health by empowering you with an understanding of your condition and wellness plan. We know there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your diagnosis.
Not covered by any of these plans? Contact us and we will find a solution for you.