If you have knee pain during or after physical activity that doesn't improve with ice or rest, see your doctor. After an exam, your doctor may refer you to a sports medicine specialist.
Here's information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- List your symptoms and when they began.
- Write down key medical information, including other conditions you have and medications and supplements you take.
- Log your typical daily activity, including the length and intensity of sports practice or other exercise. Note if you've recently changed your activity, how hard or often you work out, or your equipment, such as running shoes.
- Note any recent injuries that may have damaged your knee joint.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor to help you make the most of your time together.
Below are some basic questions to ask a doctor who is examining you for possible patellar tendinitis. If additional questions occur to you, don't hesitate to ask.
- What is the most likely cause of my signs and symptoms?
- Do I need tests?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- With treatment, will I be able to play my sport and how long will treatment take?
- What exercise can I safely do while healing, if any?
- What self-care measures should I take?
- Should I see a specialist?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:
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- Are your symptoms getting worse?
- How severe is your pain?
- Does your pain occur before, during or after your workouts — or is it constant?
- Is the pain associated with knee swelling, locking or buckling?
- Are your symptoms affecting your ability to exercise or to walk up stairs or do other activities?
- Have you tried at-home treatments? Has anything helped?
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