Treatment FAQs

Q. What should I expect on the first visit to my doctor?

A. Your doctor will begin by getting your complete health history, followed by a physical examination. The history and physical examination are needed before your condition can be accurately diagnosed or treated. By getting this information, your doctor can begin to determine the source of your problem. 
To help get your physical history, your doctor may ask you some questions about your pain and symptoms. The information you give can help your doctor determine your diagnosis. Examples of the questions that you may be asked include:

  • When did your pain first begin?
  • Was there an injury that may have caused your pain?
  • Are you aware of work postures or other factors that may be causing your pain?
  • Do you have a family history of similar problems?
  • Where do you feel the pain? What is the intensity?
  • Does the pain radiate to other parts of your body?
  • What makes the pain feel better or worse?
  • Have you had problems with your bladder or bowels?


During your first visit to the doctor, he or she may also order some tests to help with your diagnosis. These tests may include an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, EMG, or blood test.


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I've made an appointment with a spine professional to learn about the causes of my back and neck pain and my treatment options. What can I expect on my first visit?