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Old 06-30-2014, 02:24 AM
 
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I had a knee injury and I called a local orthopedic clinic to try to get in. They couldn't get me in with any doctors for a month. They gave me a appointment with a PA (physician assistant) a week later. He ordered a MRI. I got it and when I called to schedule the appointment to go over the findings, they couldn't get me in for a month. They said it has to be a day when the PA and the doctor he works with are there at the same time and I wont even get to see the doctor unless I need surgery. I called the place
I got the MRI and got the findings and I have a torn PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) in my knee. Is this kind of wait time normal? They just expect me to sit around waist my entire summer (which is very short where I live) instead of getting treatment sooner.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:49 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Unfortunately it can be. Usually if another dr calls and wants you in for an asap appt you can get in quicker. You may want to consult with your pcp to see what they say.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I was suppose to wait this Spring 3 months to see the doctor for results of an MRI on slipped discs. The pain was so awful I demanded to see the doctor and finally after a cancellation I got in within 3 days.
Today it's different than years ago where you could see the doctor or any doctor within 24 hours. Everyone has to be referred to a specialist nowadays. A real pain.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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How long it takes pretty much depends on the severity of the problem and the type of specialist. Our orthopedic clinic has great doctors and most of them specialize in only one or two things: we usually wait about a month for an appointment, but if it is an emergency or we are in severe pain we are worked in with in a few days or a week. The same with our dentist, but other specialists will see us in a week or two.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Depends on where you live and the type of specialist. It doesn't sound like you are particularly in love with this doctor or office; you might want to consider asking your primary care provider for a recommendation for someone else. Having said that, if this ortho is highly recommended, he might be well worth the wait.

In my area, you can generally get in to see an ortho within two weeks. But on the flip side, we have an amazing neurologist in our area and he's easily got a six month wait list for an appointment. Another example: My breast reconstruction surgeon's first opening for a consult took four months, and when I went to schedule my surgery with her, her first available surgery date was nine months out. She was totally worth it though.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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I had to wait 3 months for a Rheumatologist.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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I was suppose to wait this Spring 3 months to see the doctor for results of an MRI on slipped discs. The pain was so awful I demanded to see the doctor and finally after a cancellation I got in within 3 days.
Today it's different than years ago where you could see the doctor or any doctor within 24 hours. Everyone has to be referred to a specialist nowadays. A real pain.

I don't have to have a referral to make a appointment with a specialist. Some other insurance might need one. I am curious though about how you said " it's different than years ago where you could see the doctor or any doctor within 24 hours", What exactly has changed? How come you can't do that anymore and could you in fact do that at a certain time? What time was that the 50,s 60's, 70's 80's 90's ?
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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It really depends where you live. When I lived near a major metro area, I could get in to see a specialist, surgeon or
physician within a week or two. Currently, it could take up to 3 months to see a specialist or surgeon and a referral
is needed from your primary doctor. I don't know when things changed but fewer medical students are becoming
General Practitoners and Internists.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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It really depends where you live. When I lived near a major metro area, I could get in to see a specialist, surgeon or
physician within a week or two. Currently, it could take up to 3 months to see a specialist or surgeon and a referral
is needed from your primary doctor. I don't know when things changed but fewer medical students are becoming
General Practitoners and Internists.

How do you denfine "major metro area" ? The city I live in has a population of 250,000. Do you consider that a major metro area or just cities like a million plus?
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA, now.
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There is a trick I was told last month...this 64 yr old never makes an appt!!!
He just shows up in pain at his doctor's office...as if it is an emergency room...
I never heard of that...and they actually get him in!!
Whassup with that?
But, it works he says.
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