When you visit us for your first consultation, your consultant will take a medical history and will discuss your symptoms with you in detail. They will want to know things like:
- What are your symptoms?
- When di they start / when did you first notice them?
- Have you received any previous treatments for your symptoms?
- Are you currently taking any medication?
- What impact are your symptoms having on daily life?
- Do you have any underlying medical conditions?
As part of your consultation, they may carry out a neurological examination to assess your motor responses and reflexes.
Due to the intricate and complex anatomy of the spine, diagnostic imaging is often needed to aid diagnosis. Many people who visit us will have had a scan of some type already (often an MRI scan), but we can arrange for you to have any investigations needed. Our on-site imaging capabilities include X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound, and experienced radiologists provide rapid reporting.
Once any scan results are back, your consultant will talk to you about what they show, your diagnosis, and what treatment options may be most suitable for you.
If surgery is required, they will explain the operation to you and discuss the expected benefits, possible complications, and risks you need to be aware of. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the ideal time to talk through them with your consultant.
You will always have the details you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.