Frequently Asked Questions


We understand that knee, shoulder, ankle and other problems are almost always accompanied by pain … and a lot of questions. There are some that we hear quite frequently, and we have included some of those on this page for your convenience. However, this is not intended as a substitute for good old-fashioned one-on-one communciation. It is very important to us that all your concerns and questions are addressed in full, and in a timely manner. You are welcome to contact us any time you need us.

How soon can Dr. McLean see me?

We are often able to see patients the same day you call us. If you do need urgent care, we suggest you phone us versus emailing. That will help ensure that we get you in as soon as possible.

What can I do for my injured knee right now?

Remember R.I.C.E:
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. These four processes are very effective in helping to alleviate swelling, which increases the pain.

What kind of problems can you correct?

We offer treatments for problems related to knees, shoulders, ankles, hands, and wrists … plus neck and back issues.

What hours are you open?

We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Can you take x-rays at your office?

Yes, we can take x-rays of your shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists and other joint areas as needed.

Will my insurance pay for x-rays in your office?

Typically, yes … most insurance plans will cover our in-office x-rays.

How do you feel about performance enhancing supplements?

The types of supplements aimed at enhancing performance for athletes vary widely. Some even contain banned substances and/or stimulants. Products that are certified as safe, and that are properly used, can be quite beneficial. A complete discussion is beyond the scope of this FAQ format, but we do have our tried-and-true, go-to supplements and are happy to visit with you regarding which might be best — and safest — for your purpose.

Do I need to get an MRI before I see Dr. McLean?

In many cases, an MRI is not needed. Once Dr. McLean has visited with you and completed his examination and assessment, we can make specific recommendations for treatments, as well as imaging such as an MRI.

Does Dr. McLean accept my insurance?

We accept most insurance plans. Our clinic staff will assist in determining the particulars of your insurance coverage for your needs. We will also assist with filing and questions regarding your deductible (if any) and co-pay.

How long had Dr. McLean been an orthopaedic Specialist?

Dr. McLean began his orthopaedic practice in Nacogdoches in 1982, so he has been treating patients for knee and shoulder and other injuries for 30-plus years.

Do you take care of injured athletes?

Many of Dr. McLean’s patients are athletes. We’ve treated SFA students and local high school students for several decades. In fact, sports medicine and treating sports-related injuries is a predominant part of our practice, with ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) arthroscopic repair being one of Dr. McLean’s specialties.

How long will it take me to recover from knee surgery?

Your recovery time depends on the type of knee injury you have, and the type of surgery you’ve undergone. Simple arthroscopy takes about three weeks, for instance, but ALC (ligament) reconstruction requires a three-month recovery period.

If I need physical therapy, is that something you can order for me?

Your recovery time depends on the type of knee injury you have, and the type of surgery you’ve undergone. Simple arthroscopy takes about three weeks, for instance, but ALC (ligament) reconstruction requires a three-month recovery period.

I think my joint problems may be related to my weight. Can you help with that?

We are dedicated to your overall quality of life, and if you feel your weight is having a significant impact on your joints, then that definitely needs to be addressed. After your joint problems are properly assessed, our registered dietitian can work with you on a plan to reduce your weight. Obviously, losing excess weight improves your overall health, and we’re always happy to help achieve that.

Can you help me gain muscle mass?

Yes, we can help with that. We have a registered dietitian on staff who can help craft a plan to increase muscle mass, improve performance, or other targeted goals.

Is chiropractic treatment an option for me?

Chiropractic care can be a viable option for many orthopedic problems. It is our primary goal to assess your particular situation in order to advise you of the best remedy path for you. If chiropractic treatment is a good choice, we will not hesitate to suggest it.