Preparing for your appointment

By 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?
Feb. 05, 2013