You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. However, he or she may refer you to a rheumatologist or an orthopedic surgeon.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- Has anyone in your immediate family had similar symptoms?
- Have you fallen or been in a car accident recently?
- What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- When did your symptoms start?
- Where exactly does the pain occur?
- Does any type of activity worsen or lessen the pain?
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