At new patient consultations patients find it difficult to discuss their chronic pain due to the perceived stigma associated with this common diagnosis. Therefore, they are understandably reluctant to seek treatment. At Cahaba Pain & Spine Care, we strive to make patients feel comfortable when discussing their pain at their new patient consultation. We look at each patient individually and work through their history to determine the source of their pain and develop a proper diagnosis. It is important for patients to give details regarding past medical and surgical history, as well as all known information about current medical problems and areas of pain. A full history can help us capture a better picture of each patient and formulate a specific plan tailored to their needs.
A Full Health History
During a new patient consultation, a full history will be taken by medical assistants and the provider. The provider will meet with the patient to go over the history, perform a physical assessment, review prior treatment records and results, and then with the patient’s participation, a detailed treatment plan is formulated for each pain complaint. It is very important to us that the patient understands the plan and agrees with it. We will then implement this individualized plan of care.
CT Scans, X-rays, MRI’s
During a consultation, outside records, labs, test results, surgeries, prior treatments, and imaging such as CT Scans, X-rays, MRI’s, and myelograms will be reviewed. It is very helpful for the patient to bring these results to their consultation appointment or to have them sent to our office. If these are not available at the time of the appointment they will be requested. Depending on the plan, a urine sample may be required on the day of the appointment. If opiates are a part of the plan, a controlled substance agreement will be given to the patient to read and sign before leaving the office. We are happy to discuss any questions regarding this agreement and we expect that every patient reads it thoroughly before signing.
The Registration Process for New Patients
You can start the registration process before your consultation by visiting our website and searching under the Patient tab. Click on Patient Forms and a PDF document will open to be printed and filled out.
We look forward to your visit at Cahaba Pain and Spine. Please call us with any questions you may have.