Doris at the front desk

Bone Health First Visit

Step 1: Patient Health Questionnaire

For your first visit, please complete the patient health questionnaire. Click on the link below to download and print the file. Please take time to fill out this form carefully and completely and bring the completed form with you to your first appointment. We understand it is long and can be time-consuming, but the questionnaire is essential to make sure your provider knows you and your medical history in order to provide the best recommendations. If the form is not complete, or you do not arrive in time to complete the form before your appointment is scheduled, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.


Step 2: First-Visit Checklist

For your first visit to Colorado Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, please make sure you...

  • Bring your completed patient health questionnaire. You must have it in order to be seen by a provider.
  • Bring your insurance card(s).
  • Bring any prior bone density scans or medical records pertaining to your bone health.
  • Are prepared to pay your insurance co-pay.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to assure that new patient registration and co-pay are completed in time for your appointment with the provider.

Step 3: What to Expect

At your first visit we will collect your patient health questionnaire (see Step 1 above). We will also ask you to provide insurance information and other demographic information that is necessary for us to bill your insurance. Please bring your insurance card(s) and referral information (if applicable) with you.

Your initial visit will involve discussing your health, including risk factors for breaking bones and other conditions that may affect your bones. Following this conversation, the provider will perform a complete physical examination, which generally does not include a breast or genital exam. Any previous blood tests or imaging studies, such as a bone density scan (DXA), will be reviewed. The provider will then discuss his or her findings with you, and explain recommendations and treatment options. Additional blood tests, X-rays, or other studies may also be ordered as appropriate. If necessary, a follow-up appointment will also be scheduled.

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