When you come to OSC for your first pain management appointment, you will need to check in at the registration desk. As this is your first visit, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork before you are seen by an OSC physician. You may feel exasperated at having to complete more forms and provide the same information you have given out to multiple physicians. Please know that we collect information for not only our records, but we collect information required by the government and by your insurance company in order for your visit to be covered. Please allow some extra time prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete your paperwork thoroughly and accurately.
Upon completion of your paperwork, our front desk personnel will note in our system that you are ready to be seen by a physician and you will be directed to our Main Waiting Room. Should you need any x-rays, you will be taken to the OSC Imaging Department to have those images taken. Otherwise, you can make yourself at home, help yourself to our free coffee or hot chocolate service and watch TV, read a magazine or use the internet.
When your name is called, you will be escorted to the scale where you will be weighed and your height will be measured. You will then be taken to an exam room and may be asked to change into a gown. Your heart rate and blood pressure will then be taken.
When your OSC physician enters the room, he or she will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable, while working with you to do the best examination possible. They will ask you many questions about your condition and your pain. They will do a thorough physical examination, including asking you to move, bend, twist, and will perform specific tests to try to determine your pain generator. They will review your past treatment and discuss your past & current pain medications. Your OSC specialist may decide to order more tests to better determine your current state of health and to more accurately diagnose your condition.