If you’re currently experiencing knee or joint pain, visiting a specialist is vital. This is due to the fact that the specialist will be able to assess the damage that is being caused to the joint and determine an effective treatment plan to mitigate against its impact. To help ensure the specialist appointment is successful, there are a number of things that the patient can help to prepare. For more information on how to prepare, continue reading below.
To help ensure the appointment is successful, it is important that patients arrive early when visiting the doctor. Often times, the office will require the patients to fill out forms and relevant medical information prior to the assessment. This can take time away from the visit if you do not arrive early and are still required to submit the information. To prevent this from impacting your assessment, it is recommended for patients to arrive just shortly before their scheduled time. This will guarantee a seamless assessment that is free of disruption.
Prepare Relevant Information
Prior to visiting the doctor, it is essential that patients take the time to prepare any relevant information about their condition. It is further recommended that patients write down the information and bring it with them to the appointment to avoid accidentally forgetting. Information that should be prepared are any necessary medical documentation, prior scans, or a timeline of the condition. This can be used to help determine the cause of the pain, and formulate a treatment plan that is guaranteed to work for you.
Wear Loose Clothing to the Examination
During the appointment, the doctor will need to assess the area that is causing you the most pain. For this reason, it is recommended that patients wear loose clothing to the examination. This allows for an easier process as the doctor will be able to access the joint. Failing to wear comfortable items can impact this assessment and prevent the doctor from detecting the cause of the injury.
While speaking with the doctor, it is vital that patients remain honest and open. This is due to the fact that the doctor will be better able to provide care and develop an accurate treatment plan for the injury. Without this information, you may be at risk of receiving treatments that are ineffective. Rather, it is essential to be transparent about the cause and its impact on your life.
The OSI flagship location in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries – everything you need for comprehensive orthopedic care, all under one roof. Additionally, OSI has outreach clinics in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.
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