Your appointment will be similar to meeting with any other orthopaedic specialist.

During your exam, your provider will ask you questions about your condition.

  • When did you first notice discomfort or pain?
  • Did the pain happen suddenly or did it gradually progress?
  • What types of movements do you do most at work and home?
  • Did you fall recently?
  • Were you injured recently?
  • Which movements cause more pain?
  • Which movements do you find hard to do?
  • Are there positions that relieve your pain?
  • Have you tried any treatments in the past?

Your provider may ask you these questions while he or she is doing a physical exam. Your honest answers and your provider’s expertise will help him or her diagnose the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan that works with your value system and your lifestyle.