Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group welcomes you and is eager to serve you. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to prepare for your office visit or surgery and what to expect, including general orthopedic FAQs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (719) 632-7669.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
During your initial consultation, your doctor will take your medical history and conduct a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your problem and symptoms. Specifically, your doctor will assess your injury or condition, including range of motion, swelling, muscle and soft tissue weaknesses, and any instability or abnormality present. He will want to know how severe your pain is and how it interferes with your daily activities or participation in sports.
Your doctor will review any previous tests you had, discuss your injury or problem, make a diagnosis, and recommend treatment. If imaging studies are needed to help make a diagnosis, such as X-rays or an MRI, these may be performed in our office the same day.
Some treatments may be performed in our office during your visit, while others may require a subsequent appointment.
The following list will help you prepare for your appointment at CSOG. Please take the time to plan ahead for your appointment so that you get the most out of your visit.
- Print, fill out, and bring relevant paperwork to your appointment (see Patient Forms).
- Bring a valid photo ID to your appointment.
- Call your insurance company to find out about co-pays and other potential coverage issues.
- Make sure you have transportation to and from the doctor’s office.
- Be prepared to tell your doctor how and when you injured yourself. Jot down any specific details such as what you felt or heard at the time.
- Bring a list of all medications you are taking, including any over-the-counter pain relievers, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
- Be honest and complete in talking with your doctor. Share your point of view and don’t hold back information.
- Take notes on what the doctor tells you, and ask questions if you don’t understand the meaning of a word or the instructions for taking medication.
- Ask your doctor for handouts or brochures that you and your family members can review at home. Your doctor may refer you to an Internet web site for more information.