Welcome and thank you for choosing Carolina Spine & Sports. The following information is provided to make things easy. We are excited to work with you towards your goal of pain-free health.
Please bring any of the following to the initial visit:
• Insurance card with driver’s license
• New patient paperwork
• X – Rays or MRI’s with reports
• Shorts or Yoga style pants
• Tank top or Sports bra
Filling out the New Patient Paperwork prior to the first appointment will help to make sure we stay on schedule and allow us to spend your valuable time getting to the root cause of your issue. If you are unable to print the paperwork, please arrive 15 minutes early.
Please plan approximately 45-60 minutes for the first appointment.
What to Expect:
To better understand your condition, a thorough history is necessary to get an overall picture of why you present to the office. You will begin by telling your story. What hurts? When did it begin? How does this affect your daily life? What prior treatment have you undergone? Your doctor will then ask additional specific questions to complete your story.
Information in the history will be utilized to perform a thorough and focused exam. Several tests (functional, orthopedic, neurological, soft tissue and joint) will be performed. Often the area that is problematic isn’t the only area of the body involved. These tests will reveal problems such as weakness, muscle imbalance, and reduced flexibility, which may be contributing to your pain.
All the pertinent information from the history and exam will be carefully integrated to form a complete working diagnosis. Your injury will be explained in an easy to understand manner.
The treatment plan will be explained to you including the types of treatment strategies necessary to fix your injury. Your treatment process may include protocols performed in the office, as well as home exercises, modification of perpetuating factors, etc. Through the course of treatment, your doctor will help you recognize and correct the problems that produced your injury in the first place.