What to Expect on your First Appointment
A visit to a Riverside orthopedic surgeon doesn't necessarily mean you have surgery in your future. Think of your diagnosis and treatment as a partnership between you and your doctor. Your treatment will depend on your diagnosis, age, pain tolerance level, how active you are, as wel as, your personal treatment preferences such as how quickly you want results or whether you want to first try nonsurgical options before having surgery.
What to bring
To make the most of your first visit, please bring the following to your appointment:
- A list of your current medications.
- All related x-rays, MRIs or other imaging films (including any written reports).
- Information about what treatments and medications have been tried in the past and any medical records that you think may be helpful.
- A list of questions you want to ask your physician.
- Your insurance card and information
A referral from your primary care physician (if applicable).
What to Expect
Riverside physicians combine compassion with expertise and skill in working with you to develop the best possible treatment plan. They understand the pain you are in and how knee pain and disability can severely impact your quality of life.
On your first visit, your doctor will:
- Discuss your symptoms with you.
- Review your medical records and previous tests.
- Order additional diagnostic tests such as an x-ray or other imaging tests that may be necessary.
- Order additional blood tests if needed.
- Discuss therapy and other non-surgical options to improve or restore your knee’s mobility and function.
- Discuss surgical options, if warranted.