When you visit our practice, our medical staff will take a complete and thorough history, and we will conduct a physical examination. The history and the physical examination are two very important steps towards an accurate diagnosis of your spinal condition. Your physician will use the information gained in these assessments to decide if further diagnostic tests are needed, and which tests are appropriate.
During your first visit you will meet with a nurse or doctor, who will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms, your past medical history, and other relevant details. Although the specific items that we discuss in taking your history will depend on your condition, some of the questions that you may be asked include:
Symptoms and Complaints
Medications and Allergies
Past Medical History
We may also ask you questions about your living situation, your occupation, and whether or not you smoke or use drugs or alcohol. Although these questions are personal in nature, accurate information is essential for us to formulate our diagnosis and an effective treatment plan to bring you back to health!
During your first visit to our practice, we will also conduct a thorough physical examination. We can determine a lot about your spinal condition simply through observing the way you walk, stand or sit. In addition, we will assess your general medical health.
A typical physical examination may include all or some of the following elements:
You will usually be asked to wear a hospital gown for the physical examination. Although wearing a hospital gown can be an uncomfortable experience for some patients, we do our best to ensure your comfort and respect your privacy throughout the exam.
Please be sure to let your nurse or physician know if you experience any pain during the physical exam. This discomfort can reveal important information about your spinal disorder.
After your history and physical examination, we will review your condition and order the appropriate diagnostic tests, which may include radiological studies such as x-rays, MRI, CT, myelogram, discogram, or bone scan. For some conditions, we may order diagnostic injections as well.
At our practice, we firmly believe in taking a personalized approach to your spine care. This means that we will listen carefully to the information you give us in your history; we will take into consideration all aspects of your exam and diagnostic studies; and the medical staff will work with you as a team to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Please communicate truthfully and regularly with us throughout your diagnosis and treatment, so that we can provide the best possible care!