Patient Journey

Consultation

At your first consultation, you can discuss your problem and there will also be an examination. Dr. Stilwell will provide you with an assessment of your problem however sometimes some further information may be required. If this is the case, you may be referred for further tests.

Discussion & Choice
At all times your treatment plan will be discussed with you and you will remain in control of your treatment. The best possible treatment will be offered to you and all the aspects involved will be discussed and any questions answered. You can bring a family member or friend along to your consultations as a support person.All options will be offered from conservative treatments such as medications and physical therapy to invasive treatments such as cortisone injections or Regenerative Medicine treatments such as PRP or Stem Cell therapy.
Preparing for Your In-office Treatment

If you are having in-office treatment, remember the following:

  • You must inform Dr. Stilwell about any medications that you are on and may be required to stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication 2 weeks before receiving therapy.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol one week before the therapy.
  • Ensure you are getting proper nourishment and are well rested to create a healthy environment for your body to be able to repair itself.
  • If you had treatment performed on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.
Biological Treatments

Dr. Stilwell is committed to the latest technologies and continues to explore the newest advances in medical treatment of joint and sports injuries with a special interest in Regenerative Medicine, which includes procedures such as platelet-rich plasma (“PRP”), stem cell therapy, viscosupplementation and others. She is dedicated to reducing pain and improving function to achieve a better quality of life for each of her patients.

Post-Procedure Care

Following your procedure, Dr. Stilwell will provide specific instructions on caring , medications you need to take and complications to look out for.

Follow-up

At each follow up visit, please keep Dr. Stilwell informed of your recovery/progress and contact us for any health concerns you have in between visits. Please call the office to make appointments for your visits.

Various follow-up visits may include:

  • Routine 6-week post-procedure review appointment
  • On-going 3/6/12 monthly reviews for monitoring
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