So I'm looking to get a lot of my ailments taken care going forward... all of them happen to be physical-related (i.e. sports). Both my knees suck and could probably use surgery. I have a left shoulder that needs surgery as well, and my right shoulder is not great either. Maybe the biggest in all this is a neck problem that has been with me a decade, along with a balky back. None of these prevents me from lifting weights, running, that I can't stay in reasonably fit and athletic shape. It's just all for show though (the injuries prevent me from playing the sports I'd like to). Anyway, I'm planning on seeing a doctor for the first time in over a decade for my ailments. I'm bring this here, because I'm on an HMO plan that I can't change til January. That means, I'm stuck with doctors I'm not able to choose, and all the hassles that go along with HMO plans. Earlier this year, I tried to go to various sports medicine/chiros for my neck that were recommended to me by my friends--but was turned down because I have HMO. So at this point, I wonder what my best course of action would be until January (when I can choose who I go to). I'm thinking: Which things can give me the best benefit? Going for those areas that most certainly need surgery (my knees, shoulder) doesn't seem like something I should do. It would be GREAT, because I'm obviously not working during the summer. But I don't want some doctor from St. Barths University diagnosing or operating on me. Since I'm not looking for surgical procedures for my neck and back but I do want sports therapy/chiro work on those areas... I'm thinking that I should do that? And then just change to sports medicine/chiros of my choosing come January? The other thing is that I'm sure I'll need MRIs done on my shoulders/knees... should I go in for those things now? (i.e. Those seem like things you can't mess up.) Would that speed up the process come January? Sorry for ramble, thanks for reading.