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Ice should be used during the acute phase (first 24 to 48 hours) following an injury, or whenever there is swelling. Ice decreases blood flow to the area, which in turn decreases swelling and inflammation. Heat does the opposite. It increases blood flow to the area and can provide pain relief once the swelling and inflammation has subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy as it warms up your muscles.
In the majority of cases you do not need a referral. You can always check with your insurance company ahead of time to confirm.
If you need a refill of your prescription, please call Dr. Barry at least 24 hours in advance. Prescriptions cannot be refilled on weekends or after 5pm on weekdays.
You can use the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website to get in touch with Dr. Barry regarding second opinions or contact us via phone to set up an appointment or speak with a member of our care team.
You can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief.
Some patients get immediate relief from a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. However, most people notice relief within 2 to 3 days. The duration of a cortisone injection can vary greatly. Some will last as long as a year, whereas others may last only a few days. It is also important to know that occasionally pain can get worse following a cortisone injection before it gets better. In the meantime, over the counter pain medications and ice are recommended.
Before your Appointment
You will receive paperwork from our office to complete prior to your appointment. If you do not finish your paperwork at home, please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early to your appointment to complete your paperwork.
Bring copies of any images or other reports you would like to review to your appointment.
If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital you may bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to let them know we will be requesting them.
If you have the required paperwork or any questions regarding worker’s compensation, please contact Jeni, either by calling 763-717-4113 or emailing us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website. Allow for at least one full business day to properly complete the paperwork.
After your Appointment
If an MRI scan or other diagnostic test was ordered, you will be called with the results once available.
If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call our clinic directly, or contact us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.
The amount of time will vary depending on each unique patient, and each unique procedure. Please feel free to discuss this with us in your appointment, or contact us directly with any questions. You may call our clinic, or email us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.