Please print out the new patient paperwork and fill it out at home. We know your time is valuable and want to use your appointment time efficiently.
You’ll begin by telling your story. What hurts? When did it begin? How does this affect your daily life? What prior treatment have you undergone? Your doctor will then ask additional specific questions to complete your story.
Information in the history will be used to determine what needs to be done in the exam. Several tests (functional, orthopedic, neurological, and joint) will be performed. Often the area that hurts isn’t the only problem involved. These tests will show problems such as weakness, muscle imbalance, and reduced flexibility, which may be contributing to your pain. (See Injury Info for more information.)
All the pertinent information from the history and exam is carefully and thoughtfully integrated to form a complete diagnosis. Your injury will be explained in an easy to understand manner.
Your treatment plan will be explained to you including the types of treatment strategies necessary to fix your injury. Your treatment process doesn’t only involve treatment performed in the clinic, but by necessity, will include home exercises, advice, modification of perpetuating factors, etc. Through the course of treatment, your doctor will help you recognize and correct the problems that produced your injury in the first place. (See Treatment for more information.)