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The more information you can give your doctor about how you feel and what you can (and can't) do, the more effective your knee osteoarthritis treatment plan will be.
Say more than "My knee hurts"
When talking to your doctor, follow the tips below and try to make your descriptions as thorough as possible. It may help to write down some observations beforehand that you can bring to the appointment.
- Describe your knee pain in detail. Are there certain areas that hurt more than others? At certain times of the day?
- Discuss the effects on your lifestyle. Do any specific activities cause you pain or discomfort, such as working, exercising, gardening, and/or golfing?
- Tell your doctor about how you've adjusted your lifestyle to compensate for your knee pain and the results.
- Be sure to mention any medications or treatments you have used to relieve your pain. Did you notice any difference? Were there any side effects?
- Don't forget to discuss the knee osteoarthritis treatment plan your doctor recommends. Following the treatment plan is important, so ask for it in writing and bring up any concerns you have.