As your partner for a healthy, active lifestyle, we want to make your visit to our office efficient and effective.  Please take a moment to prepare yourself prior to your appointment by reading the following information and organizing your medical information.

Our Privacy Practices

What to Bring to your appointment

  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Medical Records:  It is important that we know as much about your condition as possible so we ask that you bring relevant medical records, x-rays and other imaging results, lab test results, etc. to share with your doctor.
  • Medications: Bring a list of the medications you are currently taking as well as the names of any herbs or supplements you take on a regular basis.
  • Family member or friend:  If you could use a hand completing forms or if you have mobility challenges, asking a friend or family member to accompany you would be a very good idea.
  • Translator:  If you need a translator, please bring another adult to the appointment with you.
  • Questions:  Bring a list of questions you have about your condition or about your treatment plan to your appointment.  The doctor will take time to make sure you get the information you need.
  • Comfortable clothes – in the event you need x-rays.

Your Appointment

  • Arrive early to complete any additional forms.
  • During your discussion with the doctor, be honest and complete.  Don’t hold back information, even if it is a bit embarrassing (incontinence, memory loss, sex).  It is important that your doctor understand as much as possible about your condition.
  • Ask for an explanation of your diagnosis and treatment plan in terms that you can understand and take notes which you can refer to when you get home.
  • Ask if there are hand-outs or websites that have detailed information that you may use as a reference.

After Your Appointment

  • Follow the treatment plan your doctor presented to you and call the office if you have any questions.
  • Contact your doctor if your condition changes or worsens or if you have an adverse reaction to your medication.
  • If you were asked to come back for a follow-up appointment, please do so.  Seeing you in person is the best way for us to understand how your treatment plan is working.

For more information

If you have questions about Orthopedic pain and surgery options we suggest you use this resource created by Orthopaedic Institute’s Dr. Stuart Gold, M.D. C.M.   Orthopedic Surgery Learning Center.