When visiting a hand doctor, it’s important to be prepared to ask all of the questions you have during the appointment. It’s a good idea to take the time to write down questions so when you’re at your hand doctor appointment you don’t forget to ask important questions. Here are a few suggestions for questions you may want to ask.
After examination, your physician may give you a diagnosis like carpal tunnel, trigger finger, sprained finger or something else. Depending on the diagnosis, you may be given a suggestion for treatment.
Depending on what the hand doctor recommends, splinting, rest, injections, physical therapy, surgery or other procedures may be recommended. Ask what these treatments are meant to do: repair structures in the hand, strengthen muscles, reduce inflammation, etc.
If the physician recommends a future procedure, ask what to expect that day and if you should make any preparations beforehand.
Ask the hand doctor if they have on-site surgical suites where they can perform your procedure.
With some treatments, patients can feel some relief quickly, while others may take longer to show results. Ask what to expect so you know if what you’re experiencing is typical for the procedure or treatment you’re receiving. Always contact your hand doctor if you are worried about a symptom.
You may be instructed to rest, keep the area immobilized, ice, engage in physical therapy or other things. Before any procedure, you should know what to expect in the days and weeks following.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared, especially when the function of your hands is at stake. If you’d like to make an appointment with a premier hand doctor, give us a call at 630-359-6888 or request an appointment here.
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