What to Expect

What to Expect During Your First Visit with a Bracing and Support Practitioner

Although each bracing and support practitioner’s process will vary, there are a number of things you can expect at your first appointment.

Before your appointment

As a new patient, you will be asked to complete a detailed health history form. Topics on the form may include:

  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses you have experienced
  • Surgeries or operations you have had
  • Medications you are taking
  • A description of your present condition
  • The steps you have taken to manage your condition
  • Your diet and exercise
  • Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life

When you meet with your bracing and support practitioner, he or she will have a detailed discussion with you about your condition, lifestyle, and goals.

During your appointment

Based on your medical information, your practitioner will recommend a device for you, and he or she will ensure that it fits properly before you leave. In other cases, your practitioner may recommend that you have a custom device made. This process takes a little more time, as it will require a second appointment to conduct a full bio-mechanical and gait analysis.

After your appointment

If you have had a custom brace made, your practitioner will want to meet with you once again to ensure a proper fit and provide care instructions for your new device.