Before Seeing A Specialist

If you notice issues with your bones and joints that inhibit the ways that you move around or walk, then a visit to an orthopedic doctor might be in your future. This is a doctor who can take X-rays of the area that you're complaining about and perform other tests to determine the best method of treatment, such as therapy or surgery. Before visiting one of the many Florida orthopaedic specialists available, there are a few tips to keep in mind to prepare for your visit.

The first thing that you need to do is to find a doctor who understands your concerns. There are some specialists that care for the feet and ankles while others care for the hands and arms. Orthopedics is a field that has become a bit more detailed, which means that there are more doctors to choose from that cater to your specific complaint. You should also find someone you can trust. If you need surgery at some point, then you want to work with a doctor who you can talk to and who you aren't afraid to be near, especially if the therapy after the surgery will be extensive.

Any notes from an emergency room or another doctor should be taken with you to your first appointment. Alert previous doctors and hospitals that your new doctor might call to get your records. An important document that you should take with you is an X-ray if you have had one done recently. This can give the specialist an indication as to whether the issue has worsened and where the problem is located in the body instead of relying on a generalized presentation of information. Explain the timeline of any injuries and any pain associated with recent incidents so that the specialist can determine if you have done something to trigger the orthopedic issue or if it's a concern that involves other health aspects.