Questions to Ask Your Orthotist

Reviewed by Nicola V. Hawkinson, DNP, RN, RNFA

If your doctor believes that bracing may help your spinal condition or recovery from spine surgery, he or she will refer you to an orthotist. An orthotist is a specialist who designs and fits braces. During your visit with your orthotist, it's very important to come prepared with a list of questions. This article will give you some great starting points to help you learn as much as possible about your back or neck pain treatment.

Before visiting your orthotist, write down your questions and bring them with you to your appointment. This will ensure that you cover all your questions and concerns. Also, remember to bring a pen and some extra paper to record notes from your meeting. That way, you can review everything you learned when you get home. If possible, bring along a friend or family member—the more ears the better!

Here are some sample questions to get you started:

Being an informed patient means taking an active approach to your healthcare—and asking questions is an excellent way to do that. Don't be afraid to express any concerns or questions to your orthotist. A question you think is silly might actually uncover an important piece of information. Spinal bracing is a very personal back and neck pain treatment. So always ask questions about how to make your treatment most effective for you.

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