Where is your office located?
Five of our divisions are located in the Aiken Medical Center building. Aiken Medical Center is a multispecialty office building located on the campus of Aiken Regional Medical Centers and contains numerous other medical specialties as well as out patient laboratory, pharmacy, and optical facilities. The Orthopedic Division is located in Suite 1000. The Pain Management and Neurology Divisions are located in Suite 2600. The Imaging Center is located in Suite 1200. The Rheumatology Division is located in Suite 1400. The Podiatry Division is located at 721 Richland Ave W. in Downtown Aiken, SC.
Why do I have to answer all those questions on the forms?
The medical history is needed so that we may consider all possible influences on your current diagnosis and how your history, current medications and allergies may affect your treatment. Other questions are asked so that we may efficiently help you in billing the responsible party. Still other questions are asked so we may consider how your illness or injury affects the demands of your life and job.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Our practice is open and you may call directly for an appointment. We also see patients on referral from other physicians, employers, attorneys, and insurance companies. Some insurance plans require that you be referred; if you aren't sure, ask your insurance company.
What hospitals and surgery centers do you utilize?
CMI provides the orthopedic services for Aiken Regional Medical Centers Hospital which is our primary hospital. We also provide orthopedic coverage for the Edgefield, Barnwell, Bamberg, and Allendale county hospitals. Our orthopedists have a close working relationship with Children's Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Physicians also perform outpatient surgeries at the Surgery Center of Aiken. The Surgery Center of Aiken is a physician-owned surgery center.
May I choose my doctor when making an appointment?
Yes, you may choose which doctor you will see. However, if you have an urgent problem that cannot wait, one of our doctors is always on call to see you on an urgent basis.
How can I address problems with my insurance coverage?
First, check with us to make sure diagnosis and procedure codes are correct and to get a record of our pre-authorization attempts.
Second, contact your insurance agent or benefits manager. If the problem persists, write a letter or E-mail your insurance company detailing your problem.
Finally, if you need further help, write or E-mail the state insurance commissioner and your state representative and senator.
What is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is a specialty within medicine, concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries to the bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles.
What is Imaging?
To make a proper diagnosis a physician may order an Xray, CT Scan, MRI, Myelogram, or Arthrogram. These are considered types of Imaging tests because they provide enhanced images of the particular body part that the physician is treating.
What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a specialty within medicine that deals with the treatment of diseases of the muscles, joints, and bones. It is an evolving field of medicine that strives to understand immunology and disorders related to the immune system.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a specialty within medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
What is Neurology?
Neurology is a specialty within medicine that deals with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle.
What is Pain Management?
Pain management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain. An Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves. A Facet Injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve neck or back pain caused by inflamed facet joints.