27 Aug Meeting a spine doctor? Here’s what you need to know!!
Meeting with any doctor is a anxious time for anyone of us. But it helps to be a little more prepared to arrive at a shared decision making of your issue.
Let’s stick to your visit to a spine doctor for now. Make sure you know the following points about your spine problem:-
- The actual location of your pain/problem (neck, mid-back, low back and its radiation to hand or legs). Many people miss the point about which pain bothers them the most .
- The duration of your pain (days, months or more) and the ‘score’ of your pain on a scale of 10 (0 being no pain, to 10 being the worst pain). Is the pain repetitive in nature (comes every 2-3 months) and is the pain getting progressively worse in its intensity with each ‘attack’.
- Which activity worsens the pain and which one relieves the pain (like waking, sitting, standing, bending -activities we do in our routine life). Any limitation of these daily activities due to pain and the ‘quality of your life’ affected due to it.
- Any treatment taken & with what result (helped or not).
- Associated medical illness and medicines being consumed for the same.(this includes allergies to any tablets).
- The doctor might ask you to fill some forms as a record in your own words or writing for future reference.
The spine specialist tries to make a mental assessment from your complaints about the ‘origin’ of pain. He tries to confirm that with examination of your spine. So essentially its like solving a jig-saw puzzle. With each of your complaints he tries to compartmentalise your problem into a most probable ‘fit-in’diagnosis. He might ask for further investigations to establish without doubt the cause of your spine pain.
HELP THE DOCTOR TO HELP YOU BETTER!!