Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While you may initially consult your family physician, he or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in joint disorders (rheumatologist), sports medicine or even an orthopedic surgeon.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had
  • Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Do they seem to be connected to a recent injury?
  • Does any particular wrist motion trigger your pain?
  • Is there any numbness or tingling in your hand?
  • Are you right-handed or left-handed?
  • What is your occupation? Does it require a lot of wrist motion?
  • Do you participate in any sports or hobbies that put stress on your wrist?
Nov. 04, 2011

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