Once you have completed all of your new patient paperwork, a member of the staff will guide you back to an examination room. During your first visit, you will have ample time to discuss your condition and concerns with the physician. The doctor will then perform a thorough examination to help diagnose your condition. You may require x-rays, which can be performed on the same day in the office. The doctor will also review all available imaging that you have had previously. It is very important that if you have had X-rays, MRIs or CTs at other locations in the past, that you bring that information with you to the appointment (CDs, reports, etc).
At the end of the visit, a comprehensive treatment plan will be outlined and discussed. This may include appropriate medications, therapy, more imaging (such as an MRI or ultrasound), and injections. If you are an athlete, a return to sport protocol will also be developed when appropriate. There will be plenty of time for you to ask any questions about your condition and the treatment plan.