Orthopedics

Corpus Christi: (361) 694-5057; fax (361) 808-2067
McAllen: (956) 688-1200; fax (361) 808-2067
Brownsville: (956) 698-8600; fax (361) 808-2067

Fax information required by referring physician:

  • DCH patient referral form (script signed by PCP)
  • Insurance/Medicaid card (front and back)
  • Authorization/referral number, number of visits
  • Script with diagnosis/reason for referral and doctor’s signature
  • X-ray and/or lab studies or notation stating studies done at DCH. If study done outside of DCH, please bring actual films or image CD.
  • Progress notes (Notes from PCP, other specialist, previous surgeries or procedures, etc.)

Note: The DCH Orthopedic Clinic staff will contact the referring physician’s office after all information is received and reviewed.

Patient must bring to appointment:

  • Patient must be accompanied by parent/guardian (with ID) who knows the history
  • Immunization card
  • List of current medications

 

Referring diagnosis Suggested work-up and initial management When to refer
Back pain X-ray
Normal X-rays – course of therapy or further work-up
Abnormal findings
Scoliosis X-ray Curve greater than 10 degrees
Leg length discrepancy X-ray Discrepancy greater than 2cm
Bowlegs/Genu varum X-ray no earlier than 2 years of age Abnormal findings
Intoeing
Internal tibial torsion
Femoral anteversion
Observation until 4 years of age
Observation until 10 years of age
Unable to perform daily activities
Limping (acute) X-Ray, lab (CBC, ESR, CRP) Once studies are completed
Abnormal gait / toe walking /
dragging of extremity / limping (chronic)
Must send for Neurology evaluation Once Neurology evaluation is completed