PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
- Please print and complete the new patient forms, found below, then bring them to your first appointment.
- Check in 30 minutes prior to appointment time if paperwork is NOT completed.
- Check in 15 minutes prior to your appointment time if paperwork is completed.
- Bring all insurance cards with you to your appointment.
- Bring ALL medications you are taking in their original packaging.
- Do not wear cologne, perfume or scented lotions to your appointment; we are a scent-free clinic, due to allergies.
- Refrain from smoking prior to your appointment, as cigarette smoke lingers on clothing and can trigger migraines in other patients and doctors.
- If you are coming for physical therapy, please bring any X-rays, MRIs or physician reports related to your injury, if applicable.
Prior to your first appointment, please click on, print, review, then complete the following forms and bring them to your first appointment:
If requested: please click on, print, review and complete the following forms, then bring them to your first appointment:
What to wear: To make the most of your physical therapy sessions, we ask that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Basic work-out or athletic attire is most appropriate.
What to expect: At your first visit, during your initial evaluation, you will meet your physical therapist, discuss your current condition or injury and identify your goals for pursuing physical therapy. Your physical therapist will conduct the appropriate tests to determine your range of motion and strength and integrity of your neurological system. Hands-on tests will determine how your affected joints are moving and whether certain joints are contributing to your current dysfunction. Do not be surprised if your physical therapist investigates joints distant from your pain, as some pain can be referred. At the end of the initial evaluation, your physical therapist will provide his/her exam findings and present a unique recommended treatment plan.
NON-SLEEP DEPRIVED EEG PREPARATION
To ensure proper preparation for your EEG, follow these instructions EXACTLY:
- Hair should be clean and DRY with no conditioner, styling cream/gel/mousse/hair spray.
- Don’t consume caffeine after 6 pm the night before your test (i.e., coffee, tea, chocolate, soda).
- Take medications as prescribed, UNLESS YOUR DOCTOR HAS GIVEN OTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Bring a blanket or warm throw (exam rooms can be chilly).
- Eat normal meals (avoiding caffeine), UNLESS YOUR DOCTOR HAS GIVEN OTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
- Get your regular amount of sleep the night before exam.
Electrodiagnostic testing includes nerve conduction velocity studies (NCV) and electromyography (EMG). These two tests are helpful in identifying injuries and diseases that affect nerves and muscles. These tests typically take one hour to complete. The neurologist who performs the tests will reveal preliminary findings at the time of your appointment and forward a detailed report to your referring physician within 48 hours. Your own physician will discuss the results with you, along with the results of any other tests we perform.
Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing is an electrical examination of your nerves in the affected area(s) of your body, which may be performed by a technician. This involves taping metal electrodes onto the skin and giving small electrical pulses to a nerve. Although this may result in mild discomfort, it is not usually considered painful. Measurements can then be made of how fast and how well nerves transmit messages.
Electromyography (EMG) evaluates the electrical activity of your muscles by inserting a fine needle electrode into the muscle. No electrical pulses or injections are given. The needle records the electrical activity that is normally present in the muscle, displays that activity on the screen and over a speaker, so that the physician can see and hear it.
To prepare for electrodiagnostic testing:
- Bring your own shorts if lower extremities will be tested, or paper ones will be provided.
- Wear warm clothing; your hands and feet must be warm for the test. The temperature will be measured on your hands and feet, and if they are not warm, we will warm them prior to the test.
- Do not apply any lotions to your arms or legs on the day of the study.
- An EMG can be performed on patients with pacemakers or blood thinners; please tell the medical assistant if this applies to you.
NCV/EMG patient preparation instructions can be downloaded here.
Wear loose-fitting clothing around your head/neck area for injections. Patients must have a driver present at the office PRIOR to the injection being given. We must physically see the driver inside our office.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is often likened to an MRI or X-ray of the eye. This procedure only takes a few minutes, and the equipment never touches the eye, so there is no discomfort.
Visual Field Test (VFT) is a method of measuring a person’s entire scope of vision that maps the visual fields of each eye, individually. One eye is covered, and the patient places his or her chin in a bowl-shaped chin rest. When the patient sees lights or movement of various intensities and at different locations, he/she pushes a button.