You might start by seeing your primary care provider, who might refer you to a doctor who specializes in other joint disorders (rheumatologist) or an orthopedic surgeon.
Here's information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms and when they began
- Key personal information, including major stresses and your and your family's medical history
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
For knee bursitis, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What tests will I need?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- Will I need to limit my activities?
- Are there self-care measures I can try?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
- Did your pain begin suddenly or gradually?
- What work or recreational activities do you do that might affect your knees?
- Does your pain occur or worsen when doing certain activities, such as kneeling or climbing stairs?
- Have you recently fallen, been in an accident or suffered a blow to your knee?
- What treatments have you tried at home?
- What effect did those treatments have?
April 22, 2017
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