Preparing for your appointment

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?