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    Preparing for Your Appointment with Dr. Lajam

    What you can do

    Be prepared.  Appointments have limited time and you want to make sure you are able to discuss what is important.  Make a LIST of the following and bring it with you:

    • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms and anything that brought your symptoms on.
    • Information about past medical problems. If you have cardiac stents or have had other serious medical conditions or surgery, please tell Dr. Lajam and her staff during your appointment.
    • All the medications and dietary supplements you take.  Take photographs of your medication labels with your smart phone so you don't forget anything.
    • The name and address of your preferred pharmacy.
    • All treatments that you have had in the past for your joint pain (injections, surgeries, medicines, physical therapy), dates and any relevant records.
    • If you have had surgery on your problem area, what was done and when was it done. If you can bring a copy of the operative report, this is ideal.
    • Questions you want to ask the doctor.
    • If you have recent x-rays, please bring the IMAGES (films or a disk, not just reports) from these with you and let our appointment secretary know you will be bringing images.  

    Some basic questions to ask Dr. Lajam include:

    • What tests are needed?
    • What is the best course of action?
    • Is surgery necessary?
    • What are the alternatives to what you are suggesting?
    • What restrictions will need to be followed?
    • Are there medications that will help?

    Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.

    What to expect from your doctor

    During the physical exam, Dr. Lajam will inspect the affected area for tenderness, swelling, deformity and range of motion. She will obtain x-rays of the area unless you bring recent x-ray images with you. If you are over the age of 45 and only have an MRI, Dr. Lajam will request plain x-rays at the  time of your appointment.

    Dr. Lajam is likely to ask you questions, including:

    • Did the symptoms come on suddenly?
    • What caused the symptoms?
    • Did you experience an injury now or in the past to trigger the symptoms?
    • How severe are the symptoms?
    • What, if anything, seems to improve the symptoms?
    • What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?