To prepare for your first appointment here are some things you can do
Ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be worthwhile to answer this questionare (i need to create a new version of this and give it to you to attach) as a screening. It gives us a lot more information to work with and speeds up your appointment. If you email or fax it to us, we will be able to read it before you arrive and not use the appointment time.
What to expect?
This appointment is very much about information gathering and communication.
We will do a full assessment which includes:
This usually will include taking x-rays. The x-rays we take will be dependent on your particular needs, there is no ‘one size fits all’ routine, however we will let you know before we take them, as well as explain why we are taking them.
After the assessment is done, depending on what we find we may need to get further information. Once we have gotten everything we need to be able to form a diagnosis, we will take the time to explain everything to you and then go through your options. We give ourselves enough time to listen to you and make sure we find the right treatment plan for your budget, needs and wants.
We explain what is urgent and needs to be done as soon as possible, what are things that need to be addressed in the short-medium term and then what are things you can start to plan for over the coming years (long-term). This is as we want you to be able to plan for treatment and not be caught off-guard.
We then print this plan out for you with all the item codes and costs. If you are in a health fund, you will be able to take this to them and they can tell you exactly how much you will get back. You can use this to know what each appointment will involve and what each step is along the way.
What to bring: