On the day of your initial appointment, you should bring any imaging (MRI, CT scan, angiogram, or plain x-rays) or electromyogram (EMG) reports to your initial appointment. Your doctor will perform a detailed neurological examination and look at all the studies you have brought.
Your doctor will recommend one of three things:
1) He or she may feel that further diagnostic testing is indicated before a firm diagnosis and treatment plan can be established. These tests will be pre-certified and scheduled by our office. Once the results are available, you will come back to the office for a second visit to determine your diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
2) Your doctor may recommend a non-surgical approach such as physical therapy or steroid injections.
3) Your doctor may give you a recommendation for surgical treatment of your problem. He or she will explain the reasons for surgery, the urgency of the problem, and alternatives to surgery.