Q: What do I need to bring for my first visit?
A: First time patients must bring identification and insurance information. If under 18 a legal guardian must be present with you.
Q: Can I fill out the medical forms prior to my appointment with Pacifica Orthopedics & Sports Medicine?
A: Yes go to Patient Information on our website, and then go to Patient Forms. If the forms are complete upon arrive, then you will only need to be here 10-15 minutes early. If the forms are not completed please arrive 30-45 minutes early.
Q: Do I need to be early for my scheduled appointment time?
A: Yes 10 to 15 minutes
Q: What clothing should I wear on the day of my doctor’s visit?
A: Wear loose fitting clothing; the doctor must be able to examine the area without restriction.
Q: Do I need to bring a companion with me?
A: Yes, if you are having a procedure done, you may not be able to drive.
Q: What information should I bring for the doctor?
A: Bring your insurance card, a detailed list of medications, past medical history, doctor’s notes, x-rays, and/or MRI’s.
Q: I’ve had a change of insurance since my last visit. When should I notify the office?
A: Notify the office prior to your next schedule visit
Q: Am I responsible for a payment at the time of my visit?
A: Yes, you are responsible for co-pays and deductibles. If you have no insurance, payment is due in full at time of visit.
Q: It is my first visit; will I be seeing a doctor?
A: Yes, you will be seen by the doctor that you made the appointment with.
Q: When do I use ice on my injury?
A: Use ice 10-15 minutes to relieve pain and to keep the swelling down.
Q: When do I use heat on my injury?
A: You would only use heat 10-15 minutes where the injury is no longer acute. Heat helps to restore range of motion and decrease soft tissue stiffness.
Q: If have a fracture, will I be put in a cast?
A: Maybe, the doctor will make a decision on whether a cast or a splint is the best for you. Severe fractures may require surgery.
Q: What happens if I need an X-Ray, Fluroscopy, or an MRI?
A: We have Digital X-Ray, fluroscopy, and MRI onsite.
Q: Will I need to have follow up care for rehabilitation?
A: It is a good possibility that you may need restorative therapies. Pacifica Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has physical and occupational therapy on-site.
Q: Am I able to get a prescription filled at Pacifica Orthopedics & Sports Medicine?
A: Yes, your doctor may write you a prescription which you can fill at our in-house pharmacy, or you can go to a pharmacy of your choice.