Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first bring your concerns to the attention of your family doctor. If you are a competitive athlete, you might go directly to a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal problems.

What you can do

Before the appointment, you may want to write a list that answers the following questions:

  • Does any activity make your symptoms better or worse?
  • What other types of medical problems do you have?
  • If you're a woman, are you having regular menstrual periods?
  • What types of medicines 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 begin?
  • What types of sports and activities do you enjoy?
  • Have you recently increased your physical activity?
  • Have you experienced broken bones in the past?
Jan. 24, 2014