Can I be seen today/worked in?
Our doctor on call will work in all acute injuries that require immediate attention. All other new conditions will be appointed as soon as possible. Whether or not it is the same day depends on the physicians' individual schedule that day.
How long will it take to fill out disability forms?
It varies, but we will be happy to contact you once your paperwork is complete.
Can I complete any of the paperwork before my visit?
Yes. Click here for our new patient forms.
Why do I have to go through the medical records department to get a copy of my records?
HIPAA laws require that certain procedures be followed in order to release copies of a patient's medical record, including documentation of the request. We refer to the regulations established in the privacy and security rules. We make every effort to ensure the confidentiality of your medical record.
Can the Physician Assistant see me when the doctor is out?
Yes. But a Physician who has been appointed by the Florida State Board of Medical Examiners as a Supervising Physician to a Physician Assistant must always review and approve any treatment protocols.
Where is Southern Orthopedic Specialists, P.A. located?
We are located on Harrison Avenue between 19th Street and Airport Road at: 1827 Harrison Avenue Panama City, FL 32405 Click here for driving directions.
What time does the office close?
General Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Click here for detailed hours.
Do I need a referral?
You should contact your health plan for the most current information regarding your benefits.
Are wheelchairs available?
Yes, we maintain wheelchairs in the lobby for our patients.
Is there a covered drop-off area?
Yes, there is a large covered area in the front of each building.
Are the x-rays taken in your office safe?
Yes. Although the exposure to radiation is kept at an absolute minimum, you should always let our Radiological Technicians know if you suspect that you could be pregnant.
Are your Physicians Board certified?
Most of the Southern Orthopedic Specialists, P.A. physicians are Board certified. Click for individual doctor bios.
Will you file my health insurance claim for me?
Yes, we file all claims for our patients. We are capable of filing either electronically or via the postal service, depending on the requirements of your health plan.
What should I do in the case of an emergency?
You should go to the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital in the case of an emergency. Our physicians are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to handle emergency situations.
What do Orthopedists treat?
Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine that involves the treatment of illnesses and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Click here for a list of our specialties.
Is it necessary to bring reports, previous x-rays and/or MRI films to my first appointment?
It is required that they be brought to your visit. These test results are very important diagnostic tools for the physician.