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And can you just, like, call a doctor and make an appointment? I haven't been to a doctor in about 15 years...And that was my pediatrician, sooo, I really have no idea how this works. redface.gif

 

For example: Can I just call a doctors office and get an appointment to get a hurting arm checked? (Basically just so I can get a referral for an MRI, or whatever they do for that.)

 

 

About a year ago I hurt my left forearm, I think I may have torn a muscle/tendon...Cause it still hurts. cwm13.gif

I'm also 80% sure that I have a slight tear in my right bicep from a couple years ago, and 99% sure that I have a significant tear in my left rotator cuff from about 5 years ago.

 

So I kinda figure it's time to see a doctor. attachment.php?attachmentid=78706&d=1195

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It might depend what kind of insurance you have, some docs may be in your network, some might not.You might need to go to a doctor and get a referal with some policies.

 

If you dont ave any insurance, then you should ask around, most people if they like their doc will tell you. You will have to make and appointment.

 

Torn muscles and stuff you might want to look for a specialist.

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Check out the roster at Brigham And Womans hospital, and get a referral from a chief there.

This is if you do not know anyone who raves about their doc.

Someone who has had a lot of injury, or work done on them will have a good bit of time to gauge their healthcare provider.

If you ever need an anesthesiologist, get a hold of Stanley Lee Son from Brigham And Womans. He is my ex GFs dad, and has never lost a patient, which is pretty much unheard of. He is called in when patients are crashing, and has saved them all. Pretty amazing.smile.gif

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You live in mass so you must have some kind of insurance. You'll have to find a primary care physician who accepts your insurance. Make an appointment with him/her and they will probably refer you to a specialist. I doubt they will just give you a referral without being seen. Best of luck.

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Ask a nurse - They have a network that is great. They remember the good docs and the bad ones.

 

But you are going to have to get connected with a specialist.

 

Are you a Vet? If so you may be eligible for the VA System. It doesn't have to be a Service connected illness to qualify for treatment. You will pay for the visits but the rate is reasonable and the doctors well qualified.

 

See who your yellow pages lists as specialists in sports medicne. Know anyone who works out in a gym regularly?

 

Gyms and Gym operators caould probably tell you who the good docs are for arm injuries.

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View PostAnd can you just, like, call a doctor and make an appointment? I haven't been to a doctor in about 15 years...And that was my pediatrician, sooo, I really have no idea how this works. redface.gif

 

For example: Can I just call a doctors office and get an appointment to get a hurting arm checked? (Basically just so I can get a referral for an MRI, or whatever they do for that.)

 

 

About a year ago I hurt my left forearm, I think I may have torn a muscle/tendon...Cause it still hurts. cwm13.gif

I'm also 80% sure that I have a slight tear in my right bicep from a couple years ago, and 99% sure that I have a significant tear in my left rotator cuff from about 5 years ago.

 

So I kinda figure it's time to see a doctor. attachment.php?attachmentid=78706&d=1195

 

Ask your friends who they know for a primary in your area. A good primary will usually give you a good specialist to see, but you need to find a good primary first if you need a referral. My plan doesn't need them, I picked out of a book and lucked out with a good surgeon.

 

Tell whoever you see that it's been bugging you for awhile and that you already tried doing some rehab exercises. That will be their first course of action...I tore my labrum and bicep, walked around for 8 years with it because of no benefits and when I saw the first doc I asked him to please let me get an mri to confirm that something was torn.

He let me, two weeks later I had surgery.

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Lookup South shore medical center in Kingston. They have an online page. I just changed from a doc up on the city to one at the SSMC Norwell office, nice people, and they are good with same day sick calls...

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