Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
While you may initially consult your family physician, he or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in sports medicine.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- Information about medical problems you've had
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
For yips, some questions to ask your doctor may include:
- What might be causing my symptoms?
- Is there any treatment for my symptoms?
- Will I always be affected by yips?
- Do you have any brochures or printed material I can take with me? What websites do you recommend for information?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask detailed questions about how and when your symptoms occur. He or she may also want to observe your putting stroke. But because the yips occur most often under tournament conditions, it may be impossible to demonstrate your symptoms on command.
Questions your doctor has for you might include:
- When do your symptoms usually occur?
- How long have you been experiencing symptoms?
- Do your symptoms occur with any other activities?
- What, if anything, seems to make your symptoms better?
- What, if anything, seems to make your symptoms worse?
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