Thursday, 17 of January of 2019

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List-Making Can Improve Communication With Your Doctor

Patients today are much more educated about health care thanks to the Internet. But good communication between patients and doctors can still be a problem for many people. Sometimes, patients may feel uncomfortable asking too many questions or they may be intimidated or confused by medical terms.There may be a lot of information to absorb at one visit. Or patients may have more questions once they get home and have time to think about it.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests the best way to avoid any issues with communication is to be prepared by making a list in advance of your visit. You might want to keep your list on the refrigerator, at your desk, by the TV or even in your purse. That way when ideas come to mind, you can jot them down.

What should be included on your list? Here are some ideas:Make a list for your doctor

  • Jot down your symptoms with as much detail as possible; for example, when did they start, when does it hurt the most, is the discomfort constant or is it only at certain times of the day or during certain activities?
  • List all medications, starting with prescription meds, but also including any daily over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements, alternative medications or treatments and of course, any allergies to medications.
  • Summarize your medical history, which should include any surgery or major medical conditions you have had in the past or currently.
  • Write down questions you want to be sure to ask the doctor. Not sure what to ask? It is your right as a patient to ask about: 1) the benefits and risks of surgery, 2) possible complications, 3) treatment alternatives, 4) what you can expect after surgery in terms of recovery time, treatment outcome and level of discomfort after the procedure, and 5) what limitations you may have during recovery and long-term.

How else will help make your visit with the doctor more successful?

  • Bring recent X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs,with you. If you don’t have them, be sure to bring the name of the physician who ordered the tests and his or her contact information.
  • Be honest with the doctor. Don’t withhold information that might be important. Voice any concerns you may have and speak up when you don’t understand. Sometimes it’s a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to help you remember the information after you get home.

Do you have a visit scheduled with Dr. Kagan to discuss an orthopedic-related concern? The doctor offers easy-to-understand information about the latest treatments for orthopedic-related conditions at


Shoulders Injections to Control Pain

Depending on the diagnosis, often the first step in treating shoulder pain and stiffness may be an injection with a mix of pain-relieving anesthesia and cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. Here are some of the ways injections can be helpful:

1) Reducing the pain and swelling from bursitis – an inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs located in the shoulder joint.

2) Decreasing the discomfort from rotator cuff tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendons and muscles in the shoulder.

3) Treatment for early stage osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease of the cartilage that covers the joint.

4) Eliminating the pain from trigger points, small, hypersensitive knots in the muscles or connective tissue that form when the muscles do not relax.

Injections are a non-surgical intervention that can be very effective with relatively little downtime required. The physician may use a numbing medication that is applied to the skin to reduce any discomfort associated with the injection. The inject site may be tender for a few days but icing the area will help. Injections can be repeated over time as needed to control pain and inflammation. Unlike taking oral steroid medication, there are no long-term side effects from a cortisone injection.

For more information on common treatment options for shoulder pain, go to

Joint Replacement Technologies and Treatment Options


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View our educational animations to learn about common orthopedic procedures and pain management. Visit to learn more about your condition and its treatment.

Your treatment and recovery is a team effort of physician and patient. I encourage you to take an active role in returning to the lifestyle you seek.

If you have questions about orthopedic procedures, feel free to call 239-936-6778, ext. 2227 or visit to request an appointment.

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