Four Things Your Doctor Needs To Know

Today, I want to talk to you about a case that I had recently where the client was in a deposition and was being questioned by the other attorney. And what the client was telling them didn’t really seem to jive with the medical records when they then later deposed the medical doctor.

The Trouble With Electronic Medical Records

And what we found out in that deposition is that with the new electronic medical records requirements, many times those systems will default and always, for each visit, list whatever the original complaints were. 

Well, that’s not really realistic, because over time, your pain changes, It gets better, it gets worse, whatever. You have to make sure you let your doctor know that. 

How To Make Sure Your Doctor Is Well-Informed

So I’m going to give you a trick for making sure that your doctor is as well informed as he or she can be. This means that any diagnosis and treatment plans can be modified along the way to ensure that you get the best recovery because your doctor is properly informed.

The Four Factor System

There are four factors. I’m going to go through them one at a time. Every time you see your doctor, whether it’s related to one specific body part or each one, you want to make sure that you relate to the doctor these four factors for each of the various body parts that are negatively affected or that are injured or hurting. 

The Nature Of The Pain

The first one will be the nature of the pain. Each time, tell that doctor whether it’s burning, a tingling, numbness, a shooting pain, or whatever. Describe exactly what type of pain it is to the doctor.

The Intensity of The Pain

The next one involves the famous 0 to 10 pain scale, with 0 being no pain at all, and 10 being the most excruciating pain you’ve ever endured. Let the doctor know where you are on the scale with regard to each injury. 

Frequency and Duration

Third, consider the frequency of the complaints. How often are you suffering from this issue for each body part? Is it once a day? Is it twice a week? Is it four times a month? 

The final or fourth factor is the duration of the pain, and that means when the pain comes, how long does it last? Is it 30 seconds or 3 hours?

The Benefits of Being Proactive

What you’re doing there is being proactive about letting that doctor have the opportunity to compare each visit to determine how your pain is changing and whether it’s getting better or worse. 

That way, the doctor can then modify your treatment plan, modify the exercises that you’re doing, and focus on the more serious problems to help you get an overall faster and better resolution of your symptoms.

I really hope that this information helps you. If you have any questions, email me, chip@cosselaw.com.