How To Call Your Doctor’s Office

When you’re sick or in pain or need to see the doc, time is of the essence! Now you may not be able to control the pace of the workers at the doctor’s office, but there is plenty of ways to prepare yourself to ensure that you’ll get what you need as soon as possible (continue reading for info specifically regarding Pain Consultants of Washington).

Prepare Yourself!

You shouldn’t think of touching that phone without being properly equipped!

  1. Pen and paper.
    Why? Perhaps over the phone you’ll be told about a drug, procedure or another doctor’s office worth researching. You just never know when it will become essential and its a great relief to have it before your call rather than rummaging around in panic looking for a pen that actually works and then trying to find something to write on–save yourself the stress.
  2. Calendar/Schedule/Planner/etc.
    Especially when calling to make an appointment, you should get whatever mechanism you use to plan dates and appointments–whether it be your iPhone, Hello Kitty calendar, or your jumbo OfficeMax desk calendar. If you’re using an electronic calendar, make sure to set an alarm/reminder for at least a day before your appointment.
  3. Know Your Stuff.
    If you’re calling a new doctor’s office, there will be a few things that you will probably be asked. Make sure you know the name of the provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, etc.) that referred you to the doctor’s office your calling, your reason for being seen, and your insurance type. It couldn’t hurt to have these three things already written down on that piece of paper in front of you before calling ;)

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10 Ways To Prevent Breaking Your Back

Back injuries stand as our nation’s number one workplace safety problem. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 195,150 reported cases involving back injuries in 2009. You only get one back and it is imperative that everyone is informed about basic things you can do to keep your back healthy.

1. Posture

Your mom was right. The way you carry yourself has an effect on your health. Good posture may not be exactly what you think it is. To learn more about maintaining good posture, visit this great resource:

2. Smart Lifting

Even lifting something that doesn’t seem too heavy, when lifted improperly, can create an enormous amount of strain on your back. There is a proper way to lift bigger objects. You should however avoid picking up things that are over 30 pounds. They key in smart lifting is keeping the back straight–let your legs do most of the work. Both of your legs serve as strong support systems for your back. Do not bend down with your knees straight over your waist! The tension caused here on your back is horrible.

You should rather bend down with your knees and hips while keeping your back straight. If this method of picking up things is new to you, it may seem a little weird or awkward at first, keep practicing! Maybe you can even make a dance out of it.* **

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