It’s easy to come up with things you would like to talk to the doctor about when are at home, but all too often those questions are forgotten when you arrive for your appointment. Grab a pen and write these questions down; they will help you establish a clear dialog with your doctor concerning your pain and will help you to better understand your condition.
Why Do I Have Back Pain?
If your back is hurting there is a reason. You might have sciatica, degenerated discs or something else. Understanding the cause of your condition, whether it be genetic, due to injury or something else, will help you to determine the optimal treatment path. You can also use this information to modify your daily life to reduce the likelihood of creating further problems. For example if you know that your back pain is caused by an injury, you can allow the area to fully heal and avoid activities that may cause further injury.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Every patient has different options for resolving and dealing with their back pain. Some can find relief through physical therapy while others may need surgery. At the Spine Institute Northwest we offer a variety of treatments, everything from medication to minimally invasive spine surgery in Seattle to injections. Talk with your doctor about your options and determine what is right for you. There may be multiple options available. If so, ask which treatments your spine surgeon would recommend and then carefully make a decision that will work for you.
What Can I Do To Improve My Condition?
We provide quality care to each of our patients, but you have a responsibility in your back or sciatica pain treatment as well. Ask your doctor what you can do and then follow their directions. This includes listening to pre and post therapy instructions. When you follow your doctor’s instructions meticulously, you will have better results from your therapy and you will reduce the risk of post-surgery damage.
What Can I Expect After My Procedure?
Many of our procedures require some recovery time. This can range from days to weeks to even months or years. After your procedure you may immediately notice a reduction in pain, or you may feel an increased amount of pain. Your doctor can tell you what to expect and when to be concerned. Asking this question will help you to feel confident during recovery, knowing that your body is healing properly.
What Medications Should I Take and How Should I Use Them?
Your doctor may prescribe medications to help ease pain or promote healing. Taking medications properly is important for them to work effectively. Ask about the medications you receive and how to take them. You may also want to ask about potential side effects so you know what to expect once you start a new treatment.
Your doctor is your partner in finding solutions and treatments for your back pain. Ask these questions and any others you may have to learn more about your condition and the treatments available.