The more information you can provide your doctor, the more effective the prescribed treatment plan will be. Your doctor can assess any changes that may be needed while helping you to successfully manage your knee pain. Be prepared to follow that treatment plan diligently to see the best results.
Make the Most of Every Visit
- Be ready to talk about your relevant medical history. Write down previous treatments you have had, such as physical therapy.
- Inform your doctor of any prior or current medical conditions, whether you think they may be relevant to your knee pain or not.
- Make a list of all the medications you take prior to your visit. Include any over-the-counter and prescription medications, creams, injections, vitamins or nutritional supplements as well as any associated allergies you may have.
- Bring any previous test results such as X-rays, lab tests, etc. to your appointment. Unnecessary duplication of tests helps your doctor accurately assess your symptoms.
- Tell your doctor about the activities you enjoy and those you may have once enjoyed but no longer can due to your knee pain. It is important for your doctor to understand how your knee pain is affecting you and your lifestyle.
- Prepare a list of questions for your doctor prior to your appointment and be sure to accurately discuss how you are feeling and what may need to change in your treatment plan.