It’s been about a month and your ache that just won’t go away. You have made up your mind that it’s time to go to the doctor’s office. You pack up the car and prepare for a 1 1/2 to 2-hour leave from your busy day. Here are 5 ideas to better shorten your stay at the doctor’s office and get better information while you are there.
1. Bring a notepad with you
The more you prepare, the more you will get out of the visit. Before you go to the doctor think about why you are going and write down the symptoms of the affected site. If possible document the time, environment and the surroundings during the occurrence. Perhaps flair-ups occur the mornings, affected by weather, or after activities
2. Jot down your symptoms before you get there
Having information with you speeds up the time of your at the doctor’s office and helps the clinician give better medical advice. Your healthcare professional will want to know why you came to see them. You only have a short time in the treatment room. If you are going on recollection, you may have forgotten significant information that may have been a tremendous help for diagnosing. The more you help the doctor help you will only improve your chance of a quick recovery.
3. Write down what happened at the visit
Nearly 80% of the information you receive will be lost by the time you leave the treatment room. Aside from taking home a prescription, writing down exactly what happened during the visit such as waiting time, the clinician’s name, dietary suggestions will help follow through with the doctor’s orders.
4. Record what the Doctor said
Will you be off of work for the next couple of days? Perhaps you were given at-home exercise instructions or limitations. Having that information handy and remembering not to overdo it. May save you more time from extra office visits and possible relapses.
5. Follow up with your initial appointment
Following through with all your doctor’s order’s is essential for you to get better fast. Whether your orders are to finish the entire bottle, physical therapy sessions, or stay in bed. Your healthcare professional orders are tailored to meet your individual needs. So help your doctor’s office help you and follow through with all medical recommendations.