What to Expect During Your Office Visit
Treating you as a whole person means we'll work with you to discover the form of treatment that's best for you. To accomplish this, we'll count on you to provide detailed and honest answers to our questions throughout your treatment. By working together in this way, your treatment process can progress as quickly and smoothly as possible.
We know that understanding what is happening helps patients to feel at ease. So we'll explain the purpose of any test we ask you to take. We'll explain tests (if necessary) and our plan for your course of treatment or changes to your existing treatment plan.
If you require surgery, we'll talk with you about what will be done and why, detailing the benefits and risks, as well as the possibly of alternative therapies. We'll answer all your questions and, if you feel uncomfortable about surgical treatment, we'll work with you to overcome your discomfort.
State-of-the-art testing may be indicated to complete your diagnosis:
- CAT or CT Scan provides a computer image of an interior cross-section of the body. The brain and the spinal cord are two areas commonly diagnosed by this imaging test.
- The MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides a computerized image similar to the CAT Scan, but using magnetic waves to produce a picture of the body's interior.
- EEGs monitor the functioning of brain waves and provide a picture of the brain's electrical activity in the form of lines on rolls of graph paper.
- EMGs and NCVs measure the functioning of the peripheral nerves and muscles. They are commonly used to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Myelograms provide detailed images of nerve roots and canals. This technique involves the injection of water-soluble contrast into the spinal canal followed by CT scan or x-ray. Used when MRI data is insufficient for diagnosis.
- Arteriograms are used to study cerebral vessels. A catheter is inserted into the femoral artery. Dye is injected to enable visualization of the vessels in the neck and brain. Used to locate aneurysms, tumors and carotid stenosis.