At some point in time, we have all been sitting in a waiting room, feeling bored or anxious. When you are experiencing anxiety about going to the doctor, 5 minutes can feel like an hour.
Below are 5 activities you can do in the waiting room of an ortho clinic near you.
1. Write Down Questions for Your Doctor
If you have been experiencing symptoms that you have never had before, you most likely have tried to search the web to see what it is.
This can lead you to find some serious conditions that may cause stress or worry.
Write down any questions for your doctor that you may have. It is helpful for the doctor to know your concerns, and helpful for you to understand more about your symptoms.
2. Make a Friend!
Talking to someone in the waiting room is a great way to pass time. They are most likely feeling the same way you are, and you may even share similarities in what you are being treated for.
Our front desk staff wants to make you feel welcome, so do not hesitate to ask them if you have any questions or concerns.
3. Practice Breathing Techniques
Proper breathing techniques can help relieve stress and anxiety, process emotions, and increase energy. Practicing breathwork techniques while you are at the ortho clinic can be a great way to calm your nerves.
Three Breathwork Techniques You Should Try:
1. Alternate Nostril Breathing
2. Lion’s Breath
3. 4-7-8 Breath
4. Look at Educational Tools in the Clinic
Whether you are at the doctor’s office, dentist's office, etc., there is usually a magazine, tv, or book with educational information.
At Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, we have a TV that displays informational videos about certain conditions, as well as videos that introduce our doctors. This is a great way to learn more about your doctor and the potential conditions you may have.
5. Bring Your Own Activities
Games are a great way to pass the time, especially if you have a friend or family member with you. You can bring small games like cards, sudoku, or games on your phone!
You can even bring knitting equipment or arts and crafts.
Schedule an Appointment at an Ortho Clinic Near You
If you think you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon, schedule an appointment with one of our award-winning doctors in Nashville and Franklin, TN.
To schedule an appointment, you can book online or call one of our locations.