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Prepare For Your Appointment

Before Your Appointment

We encourage you to make the most of your time with your doctor by coming prepared to your appointment with any topics you want to discuss. Typically, first appointments for pain management last around 30-40 minutes, but it can vary depending on the clinic. While your doctor may have certain topics to cover, remember that this appointment is about you and your needs. Be prepared for a a physical examination, especially if it’s your first visit, as it will assist the doctor in diagnosing your condition.

Helpful Tips to Prepare For Your Appointment

  • Printing out the address/map page for the Pro Spine & Pain location you’re visiting. This will provide you with clear directions to our offices.
  • Bring a list of your medications. This will aid your provider in understanding your patient history.
  • Bring any X-Ray or MRI images you may have. It’s always wise to bring relevant films to your first appointment.
  • Bring a photo ID, your Insurance Card, and any necessary co-payment.
  • Stay organized by starting a daily journal. Jot down notes about your pain symptoms and triggers to help your doctor grasp your situation more effectively.

What Questions Should I Be Asking?

The easiest way to have a painless discussion about pain with your Pro Spine & Spine provider starts by asking the right questions. Here’s a suggested checklist you may wish to adapt to your personal situation:

  • What cause(s) my pain?
  • Can my pain be cured or managed?
  • Is it normal to suffer this type of pain with this condition?
  • Are there common triggers for this type of pain? Should I avoid noise, heat, certain foods, or other situations?
  • Why does my pain seem worse at certain times of the day or during certain weather conditions?
  • How can a pain specialist help me and my condition?
  • What kinds of pain treatments are available and appropriate for me? What are the risks and side effects of each?
  • What about alternative treatments? Are there homeopathic or complementary treatments?
  • Will counseling or exercise help alleviate my stress and pain? Should I see a wellness coach or work with a physical therapist?
  • What resources are available to help me learn more about my type of pain and how to manage it?

Updated on Apr 18, 2024 by Dr. Thomas Stauss (Pain Management) of Pro Spine & Pain

Thomas Stauss, MD

Thomas Stauss, MD, completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the esteemed University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Stauss values having access to a wide array of cutting-edge treatment options, ensuring effective relief for his patients' discomfort and a significant enhancement in their quality of life. More specifically, he specializes in utilizing implanted devices to manage chronic pain. Dr. Stauss’s primary objective is to uphold the dignity of each patient while delivering ethical and professional services.

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