Questions to Ask Your Physiatrist

Female Patient speaking with a SpecialistSometimes the patient is referred to a physiatrist by their primary care doctor. The physiatrist may be a specialist the referring doctor has worked with before. Whether you are referred, or locate a physiatrist on your own, ask questions and stay involved in your medical care!

In advance of your appointment, find out if previous test results, such as X-rays or MRI studies are needed. You may be able to bring these with you, or help coordinate getting this information to the PT.

The sample questions listed below serve as a guideline. It is a good idea to prepare for your appointment by writing your questions down. Answers to your questions can help you to make informed decisions about treatment. Consider bringing a family member or friend as an extra set of ears.

Questions to ask the physiatrist: Are you...

  • Board certified? Fellowship trained?
  • Open to a second opinion?
  • Comfortable having a relative or friend with you during appointments?

Questions to ask about your treatment:

  • Do you commonly treat my condition?
  • What type of nonsurgical treatment is best for my condition?
  • What are risks and complications associated with treatment?
  • What is the success rate for this treatment or procedure?

It is important to trust and be comfortable with your physiatrist. Asking questions is a good way to keep the lines of communication open!

Updated on: 10/27/15
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