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First appointment with Orthopeadic

tigger334ttigger334 Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In two weeks I have my first appointment for my orthopaedic. Here is how I was referred. My primary care had me get xrays taken since my back has been bothering me, he got the results and then referred me to this ortho.
I am wondering what to expect from my first visit. I am worried that he will tell me I need surgery right away. Has anyone had that happen or do they usually start off with physical therapy?

Any input would be great!


  • Hi Tigger,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. As far as the referral to the ortho, you should be prepared to discuss the pain. You should have a idea as to the type of pain your having, such as burning, stinging, throbbing, aching and so forth. Be sure to note the exact location. You might want to keep a journal between now and then so you can explain it well. It is important to be able to explain the pain, so the surgeon will know exactly the treatment that is best for you.

    If you look in the FAQ section at the top of the page there are two links, one preparing to meet with a spine specialist and the other 38 questions to ask a spine surgeon. I not suggesting you need surgery, but being prepared will make your appointment go so much smoother. Keep in mind the doctor will have a limited amount of time, so you want to get all your question in. It might also help to take someone with you, so you have a second set of ears.

    Once again welcome to spine-health. Look forward to reading more of your post. Keep us posted on the appointment.
  • If this is your first visit, chances are they will order an MRI to make sure there isn't a serious URGENT issue, and if not present, will send you to PT and maybe pain management for injections. Surgeons generally don't like to cut (beware of ones that do) right off the bat unless MRI shows an urgent neurological compromise and you have given conservative manaement a serious effort. Surgery wouldn't be ordered on basis of an Xray.
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