What will happen during my first consultation at the outpatient clinic?
During your first consultation, the pain specialist who will be treating you will give you a full physical examination, including neurological, orthopaedic and manual/musculoskeletal medicine aspects, in order to find the cause of your problems.
After having examined you, the doctor will decide whether you need further examinations or tests, or whether you should first see a different specialist. The doctor will also send for any X-rays or scans that may already have been made, and medical information from doctors who have treated you previously.
At the end of the first consultation, the doctor will give you full information about the results of the various examinations, the cause of your pain, and the type of pain you have. This is very important, since the type of pain determines the kind of treatment you need.
Based on how you have answered the pain questionnaire, the doctor will also discuss other factors that affect your pain and that may have to be examined further and/or be treated.
In most cases, the final occurrence during this first consultation will be that the doctor will draw up a treatment plan, in consultation with you.