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Prepare for an Appointment

At MAPS, we believe that every appointment is an important one. With that in mind, we have put together a few helpful tips and questions you can look at to prepare for your appointment with our pain experts to help start you on your path for pain relief.

Helpful Tips Before Your Appointment

  • Print out a Map and Directions file for the MAPS location you are visiting. This way, you have clear directions on how to find our location and enter the building.
  • If you take any medications, bring a list of medications so you can help your provider understand your patient history.
  • If you have any films, bring them along. It is always a good idea to bring any X-Ray or MRI images to your first appointment.
  • Please bring a photo ID, your Insurance Card and co-pay.
  • Bring you Weekly Pain Journal with completed entries to help your doctor understand your painful symptoms and pain triggers.

10 Questions to Ask at Your Appointment

The easiest way to have a painless discussion about pain with your MAPS provider starts by asking the right informational questions. Here’s a suggested checklist you may adapt to your situation:

  1. What cause(s) my pain?
  2. Can my pain be cured or managed?
  3. Is it normal to suffer this type of pain with this condition?
  4. Are there common triggers for this type of pain? Should I avoid noise, heat, certain foods, or other situations?
  5. Why does my pain seem worse at certain times of the day or during certain weather conditions?
  6. How can a pain specialist help me and my condition?
  7. What kinds of pain treatments are available and appropriate for me? What are the risks and side effects of each?
  8. What about alternative treatments? Are there homeopathic or complementary treatments?
  9. Will diet or exercise help alleviate my pain? Should I see a nutritionist or work with a physical or occupational therapist?
  10. What resources are available to help me learn more about my type of pain and how to manage it?