If you're struggling with an acute joint injury or chronic musculoskeletal complaint, you're making a wise decision to come to visit our facility But if you've never had an back/neck pain evaluation, you may be wondering if orthopedic surgery is necessary or what to expect from ortho treatment. Let's explore this subject so you can get the most out of your appointment with our Orthopedic doctor and team.
Proper preparation for an appointment begins from the moment you schedule that appointment. While it's easy and convenient to book your appointment through this website, you'll also want to obtain additional information by speaking to our office directly. The more you know about our insurance options, facility parking and other details, the more smoothly your visit will go.
Every medical office requires new patients to fill out certain forms. These forms give us valuable information that helps us help you. If you'd rather not spend time filling out these documents in our office, download the documents from this page. Answer all of the questions as thoroughly as you can. We need to know such details as:
Once you've submitted the necessary documents, our Providers office we will review the information while asking you about your symptoms, range of motion, everyday lifestyle, recent accidents, and any other factors associated with your condition.
The most direct means of seeing how your joint problem is affecting you is by running some physical tests. Our Providers at Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine may start by checking your stance, gait, posture, and musculoskeletal alignment. Our Providers may also move the joint carefully to compare your pain-free range of motion against expected norms. We will note any external symptoms such as redness, swelling, or joint deformity.
Sometimes we must see inside the joint to understand exactly what has happened to it. X-rays imaging is a tried-and-true method for viewing internal structures such as bones and connective tissues. In some cases, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be recommended. This technique gives us cross-sectional views of the joints and bones, revealing details that a two-dimensional X-ray image might miss. If you'd had these kinds of imaging tests performed in the past, we can compare the current images to the previous ones, noting any changes in your condition.
Once our Coastal Provider has run all the necessary tests, it's time to make a diagnosis and prescribe the proper course of treatment. Depending on the type and severity of your specific condition, we may discuss such as as:
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.