Preparing for your appointment

If your knee injury is severe, you might need emergency medical care. Otherwise, you're likely to consult your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in knee injuries or sports medicine.

What you can do

You might want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had in the past, including previous knee injuries
  • Information about your parents' or siblings' medical histories
  • The medications and dietary supplements you take

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor might ask you questions, including:

  • How and when did you injure your knee?
  • What, if anything, seems to relieve your pain?
  • What, if anything, seems to worsen your pain?
Jan. 12, 2017
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