PREPARE FOR SUCCESS!
Make the most of your time with your healthcare provider by preparing for your appointment.
Taking the time to prepare for your appointment can go a long way toward getting the help you need. So take an active role, and become an advocate for yourself! Together with your healthcare provider, you can find a solution that works for you.
I make sure to plan ahead and write down questions for my doctor. I get the most out of my visits that way.
– Kim, diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee in 2011
Tips to help you prepare:
Set personal goals – Before seeing a healthcare provider, set short- and long-term goals for managing your osteoarthritis knee pain. These can help you both decide on a treatment approach that could help you reach your goals.
Be specific – When talking about personal goals, symptoms or your experience with different treatment approaches, try to be as specific as possible.
Ask questions – Get details about the recommended treatment options, how they work, what to expect, what risks you may need to watch out for, and how long you may experience the positive effects of the treatment.
Pay attention for symptoms – Make sure to write down all of your symptoms. And think beyond pain—which activities are harder because of osteoarthritis knee pain?
Download and print out your Symptom Summary, use it, and then bring it to your appointment.
Learn about the things you can do during your appointment.