Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. In some cases, you may be referred to a physical therapist, an orthopedic surgeon or a sports medicine specialist.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list of answers for the following questions:
- Have you ever injured your knee?
- When did your symptoms start?
- Have you had X-rays or other imaging exams of your knees in the past? (If so, try to arrange to bring copies of them with you to your appointment.)
- What medications or supplements are you taking?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
- How would you describe your knee pain?
- Where exactly does it hurt?
- Does any particular activity make your symptoms better or worse?
- Have you recently increased your level of athletic activity?
- What home treatments have you tried already? Did they help?
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