Before You Arrive

Your Medical Records

We need medical records related to your neurological condition before your appointment. Your primary care doctor or neurologist may have already sent your records to us. If you are bringing any records, X-rays or MR or CT scans with you, please let our office know. Otherwise, please have your medical records sent or faxed to:

ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Clinic
Oregon Health & Science University
Center for Health & Healing
Mail code CH8C 
3303 SW Bond AvenuePortland OR, 97239-3098
Fax 503 494-8390

Complete the Neuromuscular Intake Form

Please complete the new patient questionnaire. Bring it with you to your first appointment.

If you do not complete the questionnaire before your appointment, please arrive early so you have time to complete it before the start of your appointment.

Register with OHSU

If you have not received care at OHSU before, or your insurance or other information has changed since your last visit, please pre-register. When you pre-register, OHSU collects certain basic information such as your name, address and insurance information. This helps us create your medical records, bill your insurance and avoid confusing your information with someone who has a similar name.

You can call 503 494-2443 to pre-register. Please leave a message with the pre-registration answering service, and someone will call you back. You can also register online.

This  can be done over the telephone prior to your appointment by calling 503 494-8505 (or toll-free 888 222-6478 extension 4-8505).

Your first appointment usually includes:

  • Nurse assessment: A nurse or other healthcare team member checks your weight, temperature and blood pressure. He or she asks for  information about your symptoms and general health.
  • Physician assessment: A neurologist takes a complete medical history and talks with you about your symptoms.
  • Physical examination: A neurologist examines you. The examination may include measuring your muscle strength and testing your reflexes.
  • Tests and procedures: Based on your symptoms, your medical history and the results of your physical examination, your neurologist may order additional tests. These may includeblood tests or specialized neuromuscular tests such as  an  EMG, muscle biopsy or nerve biopsy.
  • Treatment options: The neurologist and other healthcare team members talk with you about the results of your examination, any tests and possible treatments.
  • Follow-up plan: Your neurologist and healthcare team talk with your primary care doctor or other primary care provider to plan any additional appointments or treatment you need in the OHSU ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Clinic.

If you have any questions during your appointment, please ask your neurologist or another healthcare team member. We want to give you as much information as possible about your healthcare so you can make the best choices.