During these uncertain times, many people are looking for immediate, expert information while avoiding visits to their primary care office or emergency room. Here, experts at the NEBH Spine Center, who recently began offering virtual healthcare visits, put together some tips for preparing for your next virtual appointment.
Be Prepared for Your Visit
- Check with your doctor’s office if you should send any health records, test results, or copies of X-rays or MRIs in advance of your appointment.
- Be sure to find a quiet, private place to conduct your visit.
- Don’t forget to charge your phone, computer, tablet (etc.).
- Have paper and pen handy to take notes.
Have a Written List Of:
- All medications you are taking.
- Your medical history, even if it is not related to your current problem.
- The symptoms you are experiencing and how long it has been going on.
- Any questions or concerns you have.
During Your Appointment:
- Be honest when talking with your doctor. This can help ensure you are given the proper diagnoses.
- Your doctor may ask you go through some physical tests and specific movements during your examination. Make sure you have some place to prop your phone, tablet or laptop so you are in view while going through the tests and movements.
- Take notes on what the doctor tells you and be sure to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
- Ask what to expect from your treatment, what effect it will have on your daily activities and if there is anything you can do to prevent further injury or pain.
After Your Appointment
- Follow any instructions that were given to you, and always keep your doctor informed of any changes in your condition.
- If you can’t remember something or have a question, call your doctor’s office.