Preparing for Your Sports Medicine Visit
Your Initial Visit
In order to make your first visit as efficient as possible please arrive 15
to 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will provide
sufficient time for you to register and complete any necessary forms.
What To Bring
Please bring the following items to your appointment:
Photo ID (i.e. driver's license)
Referral form from your primary care physician
Relevant X-rays, MRIs, CTs, etc. regarding the injury for which you are
being seen. Whenever possible, the actual films themselves rather than
just the report should be brought to the office visit.
Medication lists (including supplements and over-the-counter medicines
that you take on a regular basis)
Copies of all reports from any prior study or medical treatment
rendered regarding the injury for which you are being seen.
What To Wear
In order for the physician to adequately assess your injury, the affected
area must be exposed.
If you are being seen for a shoulder problem, please wear or bring a
tank top, if possible.
If you are being seen for an elbow problem, please wear or bring a
short-sleeved shirt or tank top.
If you are being seen for a knee or ankle problem, please wear or bring
a pair of shorts, or pants that can easily be pulled above the knee
Women having an upper extremity injury should wear a sports bra or tank
top without underwires so as not interfere with X-rays.
What To Expect
Your physician will review the history of your condition, your
symptoms, any treatment you have had thus far, and the effect of your
condition on your quality of life. In addition, your physician will
review your medical history, family history, any previous operations
you have had, and any current medications you take.
Your physician will then perform a physical examination of the affected
body area. If necessary, new x-rays will be obtained in our office
during your visit. If you have brought outside x-rays or other imaging
studies, these will also be reviewed.
Based on your history, clinical examination, and imaging studies, your
physician will form an assessment of your diagnosis and a therapeutic
If you have not responded to other medical care or if you have an acute
injury, your surgeon may determine that surgery is the best option for
your problem. Our office will schedule your appointments as soon as
possible to speed your treatment and recovery.