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Active Manhattanites encounter a dizzying profusion of situations every day. No one knows your own experience like you do, and chances are you have a question not yet answered here. Ask it in the form below, and then watch for the response.

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SUBMITTED BY Alex G. | April 19, 2013

QUESTION:

How long does each visit take?

ANSWER:

It is of utmost importance to us to respect your time and minimize how long each visit takes.  Obviously, your first one will be longer, since there is a bit of paperwork to do, and the doctors always spend the time needed to diagnose your problem and determine treatment.  Sometimes it also takes more time to take on-site x-rays or order out for other diagnostics.  Generally, though, we try to make your first visit one hour at most.  Subsequent ones generally last from 30 to 40 minutes, unless we are conducting evaluation or discussing your test results.

SUBMITTED BY Mary B. | May 10, 2013

QUESTION:

What can I expect on my first visit to your office?

ANSWER:

When you first arrive, there will be a small amount of paperwork to complete—usually 5-10 minutes at most.  Next, you meet with one of our staff doctors for a thorough consultation, health history, and examination.  This usually takes 20-30 minutes and helps indicate your problem, the best course of treatment, and whether such diagnostics as x-rays or MRIs are needed.  Most patients do not start treatment on the first visit unless they are in severe pain, since we like time to review our findings with the therapists and other Manhattan Sports Medicine providers. To afford you the benefit of several different healthcare providers’ perspectives, we therefore usually think it best to begin treatment on the second visit.  On your first visit you can also expect someone to review your insurance policy briefly and explain what your exact financial responsibility will be for your care.

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