Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While you may initially consult your family physician, he or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in orthopedic medicine.

What you can do

Before your appointment, 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

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Are there any activities that worsen your symptoms?
  • Have you ever injured that shoulder? If so, how?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Have you had any recent surgeries or periods of restricted shoulder motion?
Apr. 28, 2011

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