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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has the doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with osteoarthritis of the knee?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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Most important questions to ask about Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Top 10 Questions about Osteoarthritis of the Knee

  1. What is osteoarthritis of the knee and what causes it?
  2. Do I have knee joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Will my osteoarthritis of the knee get worse over time?
  4. What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee?
  5. What are my treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee?
  6. When is surgery indicated to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and what are the options?
  7. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and preserve my knee joint function, such as losing weight, exercising, changing my diet, and taking dietary supplements?
  8. What medications can treat osteoarthritis of the knee and how long do they take to start working?
  9. Is it safe to use my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee long-term?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee?
  1. What is osteoarthritis of the knee and what causes it?
  2. Do I have knee joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Is osteoarthritis of the knee curable or controllable?
  4. How will osteoarthritis of the knee affect my daily life and long-term health, including my mobility?
  5. What types of healthcare providers, such as an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist, do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  6. Will my osteoarthritis of the knee get worse over time?
  7. How will I know if my osteoarthritis of the knee is getting worse and what should I do?
  8. What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee?
  9. Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  10. How is osteoarthritis of the knee diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need such as X-rays?
  11. Can my primary care doctor diagnose osteoarthritis of the knee or will I need to see a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist?
  12. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  13. Does osteoarthritis of the knee get worse over time?
  14. How does osteoarthritis of the knee affect your life and long-term health?
  15. What are my treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee?
  16. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my osteoarthritis of the knee?
  17. How do my other medical conditions affect your treatment recommendation for my osteoarthritis of the knee?
  18. When is surgery indicated to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and what are the options?
  19. Should I consider early knee replacement surgery or postpone it as long as possible?
  20. What does recovery from knee replacement surgery involve and what is the long-term outlook after knee-replacement surgery?
  21. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and preserve my knee joint function, such as losing weight, exercising, changing my diet, and taking dietary supplements?
  22. What types of exercises should I do to help my knee joints and what types should I avoid?
  23. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  24. What medications can treat osteoarthritis of the knee and how long do they take to start working?
  25. In what forms are osteoarthritis of the knee medications available (pills, creams, patches, joint shots)?
  26. When are joint injections indicated to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and what are the options?
  27. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  28. How long will I need to use medication for osteoarthritis of the knee?
  29. Is it safe to use my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee long-term?
  30. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee?

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Top 10 Questions about Osteoarthritis of the Knee

  1. What is osteoarthritis of the knee and what causes it?
  2. Do I have knee joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Will my osteoarthritis of the knee get worse over time?
  4. What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee?
  5. What are my treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee?
  6. When is surgery indicated to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and what are the options?
  7. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and preserve my knee joint function, such as losing weight, exercising, changing my diet, and taking dietary supplements?
  8. What medications can treat osteoarthritis of the knee and how long do they take to start working?
  9. Is it safe to use my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee long-term?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for osteoarthritis of the knee?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: March 14, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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