At your first appointment, once in the consultation room, Mr Asopa will introduce himself. He will normally begin by asking you questions including your age and your work and activities that you normally do. He will then discuss the reason why you have made the appointment. Mr Asopa will want to know whether you are having pain, instability / giving way. Some people may describe stiffness or locking of the joint instead of pain. Often there is a combination of symptoms. He will want to know about when the problem started and whether you had an injury previously.
Mr Asopa will examine you. A chaperone will be used in certain situations. Your privacy and dignity will always be respected. Examination may be limited during first time consultation carried out on video.
He will review any imaging information that is available at the time of consultation. This may include reports of scans. Mr Asopa will discuss the possible problems that may be giving rise to your symptoms. He will also discuss whether further investigations are necessary and request them as needed. Typical imaging that may be requested can include X-rays, MRI scans and ultrasound scans. Blood tests may be requested.
Mr Asopa will answer any questions you may have.
A follow-up appointment may be needed to review the results of investigations and plan further investigations or treatment.