Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • When did your symptoms start?
  • Where exactly does the pain occur?
  • Does any type of activity worsen or lessen the pain?
Jan. 09, 2013