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How to Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

By Donna Stark

It doesn't matter if you are heading to see your doctor, dentist, or local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic, you deserve to get the most out of your visit. But that doesn't mean the burden of doing so falls entirely on the healthcare professional who is treating you. There are several things you need to be responsible for as well. Take a look at the following tips on how to ensure you receive as many benefits from your visit as you possibly can.

Know Your History

In order to accurately diagnose and treat you, your healthcare professional needs information, so make sure you know your medical history and all the medications and supplements you are taking. Too much to remember? Just write it down. And if you have results from previous tests or scans, don't forget to bring them too.

Be Open and Honest

It's important to be honest with all your doctors too, so don't worry about disappointing them or being embarrassed over a specific symptom. The goal of your healthcare professional is to get you back on track to optimal health and wellness, and if they don't have all the information about what is going on in your body, they will have a hard time doing so. Besides, it's highly likely they already have experience dealing with the very thing you don't want to tell them.

Ask Questions

If you have questions about your diagnosis, treatment, medications, or at-home instructions, ask away! It's important to get the answers you need so you can focus all your energy on getting better. And if you have a hard time remembering things or if you get flustered during visits, jot those questions down. A good doctor will appreciate the conversation and you will leave the visit with peace of mind.

Be On Time

It always seems like even when you are on time, you still have to wait to see the doctor. And as frustrating as that can be, it's important to remember your doctor is dealing with other patients who, like you, could be scared, nervous, upset, or confused. Be kind, be respectful, and continue to be on time as well. At the very least, this is the perfect opportunity to dig into that book you have been meaning to read.

Preparation Is Key

Taking control of your overall well-being includes getting the most out of your healthcare visits, so try to incorporate the simple tips above into your future check-ups. And don't forget to follow up if you have been instructed to do so. Your body will thank you for it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hills, Mo.

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