IT’S YOUR TIME-MAKE THE MOST OF IT.
The appointments you have with your healthcare provider are a time to share details about how osteoarthritis knee pain is affecting your life. Don’t leave your appointment unsure about something. Ask questions! Your healthcare provider will be happy you did.
Good communication is important
Hear advice on talking with your healthcare provider from people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
During your appointment…
Share – Always give specific examples of your condition to your healthcare provider. Make sure to tell them how much it hurts and when.
And don’t forget:
- Treatments you’ve already had
- Medications you’ve tried
- Physical therapy and exercises you’ve tried
- How well they worked (or didn’t)
- How long they lasted
Speak up – Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and ask about treatment options for osteoarthritis knee pain. If you didn’t understand something, ask your healthcare provider to clarify. If you feel like you need more time, let your healthcare provider know.
Listen with a pen – Take advantage of face-to-face time with your healthcare provider—bring a list of questions to ask and take notes.
It can’t hurt to have an extra set of ears in the office. That’s why I bring a friend or family member along for my doctor’s appointments.
– Linda, diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee in 2008
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