Diagnosing your Orthopedic Conditions

Orthopedic conditions, such as osteoarthritis and ACL ruptures, can seriously impact your quality of life. A consultation with an orthopedic doctor forms the foundation for successful treatment with an accurate diagnosis and course of care that best addresses your condition.orthopedic doctor

Being prepared allows you to actively help your orthopedic doctor to help you. Here is an overview of what to expect during this important process.

Making the appointment

If you have been referred to an orthopedic doctor, your primary care physician or referring doctor should forward your records to the orthopedic office so they have the background information. Non-referrals should also have documentation of any previous treatment of their condition sent to the office.

It’s helpful to find out in advance if the office will accept your insurance plan. The office manager or other administrative personnel will be happy to let you know if they work with your insurance provider.

The initial exam

Your orthopedic doctor will start by isolating the problem and narrowing down the cause. He will do this through a combination of reviewing your previous records and asking you specific questions about your medical history.

External signs of your condition will be examined through tests that measure range of motion, swelling, and other symptoms. If more information is needed, your doctor will order additional tests such as X-rays or MRIs.

Asking questions

Your doctor wants you to be fully informed about your condition, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Just in case you forget questions during your consultation, create a list that you can refer to during the exam.

Here are some of the questions that should be included on your list:

Will I need further testing?
What methods are available for pain control?
What are my treatment options? If I need surgery, are minimally invasive techniques possible?
Would I benefit from physical therapy?
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