You might start by seeing your primary care provider. Or you might be referred to a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist), physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon, or a sports medicine specialist.
Here's information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Before your appointment, write a list of answers for the following questions:
- Your symptoms and when they began.
- Key personal information, including whether you've ever injured your knee or had knee surgery and what type of exercise or sports you engage in.
- All medications, vitamins or 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. Also, if you've had X-rays or other imaging tests of your knees, try to bring copies of them to your appointment.
For patellofemoral pain syndrome, some questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's likely causing my knee pain?
- What are other possible causes for my knee pain?
- What tests do I need?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What's the best course of action?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- How can I best manage my pain with my other health conditions?
- Do I need to restrict my activities?
- Should I see a specialist?
- 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:
- How would you describe your knee pain?
- Where exactly does it hurt?
- What activities improve or worsen your symptoms?
- Have you recently increased your athletic activity?
- What home treatments have you tried? Did they help?