When a person gets injured due to a sport, most are scared to see an orthopedic/sports medicine surgeon in fear that the doctor will tell them they can not return to that sport. Yes, sometimes this happens, but the doctor is only looking out for your best interest. When you go into an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, you will have to prepare ahead of time in order to make the most of the limited time you have with the orthopedic doctor. Here are ways to make sure you get the most out of your appointment.
For starters, find an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in the type of problem you are experiencing. Most orthopedic doctors have now taken their focus onto one specialty rather than being a general orthopedic surgeon. Because of this, you want a professional that’s skilled in treating your particular injury. For example, if you fall while running and hurt your ankle, you should see a foot and ankle specialist rather than someone who predominantly works on the wrist.
If you have seen another doctor before, bring visit notes, x-ray,s or MRIs you may have had taken. This gives the new doctor a sense of the studies and treatments you have had up to this point and allows them to create a new treatment plan that makes sense.
Keep a timeline of your orthopedic injury and treatments and bring that with you as well. I’m sure you have other things going on and it may be difficult to remember the exact date you went to the doctor last. When did the problem start? Did an activity make the pain worse? Giving the doctor this information and it will be very helpful.
You can also prepare a list of questions for the surgeon. The week leading up to your appointment, you might think of a lot of things you want the surgeon to cover but when you get there you may forget on the spot. As a question comes up, write it down to assure all of your questions are answered during your appointment.
These are just general suggestions to consider when going to see an orthopedic surgeon and to be more proactive. These tips will help you make the most out of your appointments and get the best possible treatment for your specific condition.