If you tend to avoid the doctor because it always seems to be more complicated and filled with hassle than you want it to be, you are not alone. In fact, many people opt to steer clear of the doctor, despite their pain and discomfort because it takes a long time to get an appointment, requires further delays when it comes to seeing a specialist and seems to be far too long before you get answers and results. When you come see an orthopedic specialist however, this is not the case. In fact the process is simple and complete in three simple steps.
Step 1: Make the Appointment to See the Doctor
When you call up the facility, you will be asked a few questions and then be slotted in to see the appropriate doctor based on your explanation of symptoms or presenting problem. Hopefully you can book an appointment as soon as possible, keeping in mind that doctors are highly specialized and you will want to see the one that is the most suitable for you.
Step 2: See the Doctor and Make a Plan
When you come in for your appointment, after gathering the pertinent information for your history and condition, the doctor will immediately get to work in making a plan. There is no cut off appointment time, making you wait and do some of your planning later—instead, your specialist will offer you a suggested plan of action right away. For some people for example, it will be a complete physical therapy program, for others a cortisone shot or an exercise regime. Others still may require a knee replacement, and recovery after the surgery before they return home.
Step 3: Take Action
No specialist will want to make you wait, so once the doctor has made your plan, it’s time to take action. If you require surgery, you will be given information immediately on what to do to prepare for the surgery and then have a date scheduled. If you are simply requiring an at-home exercise sequence, the specialist will go through this with you or set you up an appointment with the physical therapist to proceed accordingly. Whatever the case, you can be sure that the specialist will do their best to get you feeling better as soon as possible, streamlining your healing process from the day you enter until the day you leave, completely recovered.
If you are ready to be free of orthopedic pain, improve your quality of life and reduce the discomfort in your joints, take the initiative with the first step and give an orthopedic specialist a call. Request a consultation at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI) by calling (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.
OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.
OSI offers a Walk-In Clinic at its Appleton location for new, acute orthopedic injuries.
The Orthopedic & Sports Institute has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.
OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.