How to Prepare for Your Appointment
When to Arrive
You should arrive 15 minutes in advance of your appointment to leave ample time to complete any necessary paperwork. You will likely be asked to complete a questionnaire that is relevant to the problem about which you’re seeing the doctor.
Your appointment will likely last approximately 60 – 90 minutes, including time for any x-rays that may be required.
What to Wear
At Houston Scoliosis & Spine Institute, we want to ensure that our patients feel comfortable. We seek to maintain our patients’ modesty at all times. During examination, you will be asked to wear a gown that we will provide. You will be given a private room to change into the gown, and likely be asked to remove shoes, socks, and bra, but underwear will stay on. We suggest comfortable clothes that make dressing and undressing easy, such as sweats or athletic wear.
For your convenience, good coffee and pastries are available in the waiting area for purchase.
What to Bring
You may want to bring a family member or a close friend to accompany you due to the amount of information that will be given. Choose someone who will be supportive of you, be able to take notes, and be willing to drive you to and from the appointment.
You will need to bring your medical records as well as prior X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. Ideally, these should be on a CD or a USB device. If you only have access to X-ray films, that is also fine. Dr. Rahman will need to see the actual images in order to make a full recommendation, so it is very important to bring a CD of images to your appointment. If you have problems accessing a disc, notify our office before your visit.
Dr. Rahman encourages all of his patients to write a brief (one-page maximum) summary of how their back or neck pain, and / or their spinal deformity effects their life.
Before your appointment, think of anything you may want to tell your doctor. It may help to write down any information, questions, or concerns that you have so you do not forget to mention them. Besides questions you may have, Dr. Rahman may also ask you the following questions:
- Describe your pain. What makes it better or worse? Are there associated symptoms? How long have you suffered from this pain? Where is the pain located in your body? Is it sharp, dull, achy, or throbbing? What other words would you choose to characterize your pain?
- How long have you known about your spinal deformity (scoliosis or kyphosis)?
- What treatments have you already tried? Have any previous treatments helped your condition or your pain management?