A good portion of the visit is information gathering - I believe that in order to achieve the best outcome, the more information, the better. Pain is complex, and physical and mental contribute to the pain experience.
The physical exam is approached from a whole body approach, as oftentimes, neck and back pain can stem from another area of the body. Specialists have become to regional, or one body part focused, can lead to misdiagnosis and partial treatment.
I will review any diagnostic imaging with you (MRI, x rays) given they are available.