Posts Tagged ‘doctor checklist’

Finding the Right Physical Therapist

Finding the right physical therapist to treat your vestibular symptoms is crucial to your rehabilitation. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Is the therapist a licensed physical therapist?
  • Is the therapist credentialed in treating vestibular patients? What credentials does he have? Has he treated this type of problem before?
  • Who owns the physical therapy facility: the physical therapist herself, an outside company, doctors or a hospital? (It’s best to have independent treatment, and you need to know if a doctor will profit by referring you to a facility in which she has a financial interest.)
  • Do I need to pay when I visit? Am I billed or does my insurance company pay?
  • What does the initial consultation involve?
  • What are office hours? Where would I park? Are there individual treatment rooms?
  • What type of therapy equipment is available? (Your treatment might require a specific piece of equipment.)
  • Will you provide me with balance exercises that I can do at home?
  • Will I be seen by a physical therapist or a physical therapist aide?
  • Will you report on my progress and your evaluation regularly to my other health care providers?
  • Will I get to discuss my treatment goals with a therapist? Will that person be responsible for my treatment?
  • What will my evaluation include?

**Modified for vestibular patients from Johns Hopkins web site: http://physicaltherapy.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=physicaltherapy&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hopkinshospital.org%2Fhealth_info%2FArthritis%2Freading%2Fphysical_therapist.html

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Maximizing the Office Visit

Keeping a diary before going on your office visit for a balance problem is a great way to be prepared for the questions your doctor may ask. These are some routine questions that your general practitioner and/or neurologist may ask. By writing down the following information before the office visit, you may save yourself a follow up visit to that same doctor!

Frequency of dizziness:

  • How often do you have dizziness or other symptoms of a balance problem?
  • Do you feel dizzy or have a vertigo attack after eating certain foods that contain high levels of salt, alcohol or caffeine?
  • How do weather systems affect your symptoms?
  • Have you ever fallen? If so, when, where and how often?

Medications:

  • What medications are you taking? Remember to include all over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines and sleep aids.
  • Do you take any supplements beyond a multi-vitamin, such as St. John’s Wort, Ginko Biloba, etc.?

Other Medical Conditions:

  • Do you have another medical condition(s)? If so, do you take any medication for this condition?

Doctor Checklist

When vestibular disorders are suspected a trip to the doctors is inevitable. Here is a great checklist to bring with you for any of your doctor visits; your primary care doctor, ENT, or neurologist. If you sit down and write all of the information out before hand, including questions you may have, there is a greater chance that you won’t forget it while at the doctor’s office. Unfortunately, this won’t take the place of all the paperwork you will undoubtedly have to fill out – but it will be a good resource to copy from.

http://www.planforyourhealth.com/resources/talkchecklist.pdf